Explore the 7 Emirates: UAE Staycation Inspiration

Where are the best places you can head within the UAE for a Family Staycation?  We have been looking across the 7 Emirates for not only our favourite resort hotels and beaches but interesting experiences and cultural attractions too. 

Across the seven Emirates of the UAE there are so many diverse landscapes to discover with your family and each Emirate has its own history and story to tell – which will be next on your UAE bucket list?

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Best of the Best UAE Family Resorts & Accommodation

From the ultra-luxurious kid-free retreat to the most stunning desert landscapes and outdoor experiences, here’s where you will find the UAE’s 7 most unique desert resorts. READ MORE>>

Beast Beach resorts in the UAE Saddiyat Rotana

With so many beach resorts in the UAE, how can you pick a favourite? We’ve picked out our Top 10 family-friendly resorts across all 7 Emirates (and some highly-commended runners up), do you agree? READ MORE>>

Looking for something super-secluded and exclusive for a much-needed family break? We’ve rounded up the 15 best hotels & resorts in the UAE with private pools. READ MORE>>

UAE hotels and resorts with water parks and slides

Sensational resorts in the UAE that go above and beyond for families with aqua parks and water slides included in your hotel swimming pool! READ MORE>>

UAE Glamping

Luxurious digs for getting close to nature in the UAE. The best glamping and upscale-camping and hut lodgings in the country with family options. READ MORE >>

Outdoors & Ecotourism in the UAE

Best of the UAE in Winter

This absolute bumper list includes over 50 outdoor activities you can try in the winter with your kids. Download our checklist so you can stick it to the fridge for weekend inspiration. READ MORE>>

Seeking out the best eco sites in Dubai & Abu Dhabi, we share 6 interesting places that are a must for children to experience while living in the UAE. READ MORE>>

Explore across the Emirates and Northern Oman, seeking out the best family camping spots with top tips for outdoor explorers and alternative glamping options. READ MORE>>

Looking to take a day trip? Journey through the Emirates with this selection of 5 Stunning Road Trips you must try while living in the UAE. READ MORE>>

Abu Dhabi Staycation Ideas

All the best ways to enjoy your winter weekends exploring the Emirate of Abu Dhabi from city staycations to overnight desert trips. READ MORE >>

Who says Abu Dhabi is an expensive city to visit? We look at all the free and really cheap ways to keep your family entertained in the capital. READ MORE >>

Al Ain with Kids

From famous forts and museums to the lush Oases and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, far more than just the zoo to discover with the kids on a weekend in Al Ain. READ MORE>>

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There are no finer white sands in the UAE than along the shores of the stunning Saadiyat Island, only minutes from the heart of Abu Dhabi and the Louvre Museum, the very best in luxury family retreats. READ MORE>>

Al Ain Resorts

Turn your Al Ain weekend into a relaxing staycation with this choice of 5 resort hotels perfectly set up for family travellers like you. READ MORE>>

Insider Warner Broas World - Yas Island Theme Parks

Family fun aplenty awaits on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. Try the free shuttle services from Dubai for a day, or stay at one of the Yas Hotels to capture the best of a staycation plus theme park of your choice. READ MORE>>

Best ABu Dhabi Family Beach Clubs - Le Meridien Abu Dhabi

Seeking out Abu Dhabi’s most beautiful beach fronts and pools appropriate for the whole family. Bag a bargain on a summer daycation deal. READ MORE >>

Inside Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi - Best of Abu Dhabi indoors

Where to find fabulous fun with kids indoors in Abu Dhabi. From the theme parks to cultural attractions and play centres, perfect for hot and rainy days. READ MORE >>

Fujairah Staycation Ideas

Family Beach Resorts in Fujairah UAE

The sandy white beaches of Al Aqah and Dibba across the Hajar Mountains have a beautiful allure for those seeking out a city escape. Enjoy diving and water sports with plenty of fun family-friendly things to do in our choice of top 5 Fujairah Resorts. READ MORE>>

Things to do in Fujairah - Fujairah Fort with UAE flag

Far more to Fujairah than just the beach, explore the historic forts and mosque as well as the hiking and nature opportunities that can be found in the Hajar Mountains and the beautifully scenic Al Rafisah dam. READ MORE>>

Ras al Khaimah Staycations Ideas

Ras al Khaimah Best family Resorts

From Al Hamra to Marjan Island, RAK is packed full of family-friendly resorts with swimming and dining choices galore, larger hotel rooms and all the luxury bells and whistles you want for a relaxing family retreat – we pick out our top 6 resorts here. READ MORE>>

Ras al Khaimah Things to do

There’s a very good reason Ras Al Khaimah is known as the Emirates nature playground. From ziplining at the countries highest peak to desert camps and pearl diving, there are lots of day trips to enjoy in RAK. READ MORE>>

Sharjah, Ajman & UAQ Staycations

Known as the Culture Capital of the UAE for good reason, Sharjah is packed full of Museums and fun activities from parks to nature reserves and the desert, with a vibrant & family-friendly nightlife. READ MORE>>

A collection of the best family-friendly things to do in Ajman and places to explore in the UAE’s smallest Emirate, plus a detailed run through our top 3 favourite family resorts on the beachfront. READ MORE>>

Umm Al Quwain

The UAE’s least populous destination has far more to it than just a duty free bottle shop! Beach and nature experiences, even a water park! READ MORE>>

Kalba Sharjah

Explore Sharjah’s lesser-known eastern exclave of Kalba and many eco-tourism experiences perfect for little explorers. READ MORE >>

Dubai Family-Friendly Outtings

If your sticking around town but looking for some fresh ideas on things to see and do, we have a great collection of Dubai ideas and advice for families (and plenty more to come, watch this space!)

Taking on Dubai with little ones? We know toddler needs can be slightly different from the bigger kids so we pick out our favourite attractions and hotels to enjoy in Dubai with your toddlers. READ MORE>>

Dubai Aquarium - Indoor activites with kids in Dubai

Hot or rainy day? We don’t need any excuse to enjoy some of Dubai’s most spectacular indoor attractions. From your tiny kids to teens we have your indoor ideas covered here. READ MORE>>

How to get the best value attraction tickets in Dubai

Outings in Dubai can start o become costly if you don’t plan ahead and buy your tickets from the right places! We share our favourite ticket purchasing app guaranteed to save you on Dubai’s top family attractions. READ MORE>>

Worried about whether you can still take the littles to Dubai Parks & Resorts in the hotter weather? We talk you through our hot weather strategies and what will be open. READ MORE>>

Dubai Family Beach Clubs - a view over the Palm Jumeirah Dubai

Looking for just a daycation deal in Dubai rather than a Dubai staycation? We have picked out our favourites with pool & beach day passes that cater to family groups. READ MORE>>

Kids swimming in resorts pool Dubai. Dubai Guide to travelling with a baby

A complete guide to touring around Dubai with a baby. Easy attractions, where to stay, getting around and getting supplies and emergency help. READ MORE >>

Oman Short Trips from the UAE

Still manageable over land, there are several spots you can easily make the border crossing to enjoy the stunning scenery and cultural highlights of our nearest neighbour, Oman.

Please keep up with Oman border opening information and eVisa requirements here

One of the most stunning landscapes of the Arabian Peninsula can be found in this tiny enclave of Oman, accessible by road beyond RAK. We share our favourite things to do and what to expect in the Musandam Peninsular, Khasab & Dibba. READ MORE>>

Dubai to Muscat Oman Road trip with Kids

One of the most popular road trips for UAE residents is heading beyond the border to the Omani capital Muscat. We talk you through the border crossing process and rules, route lengths and stops you can make along the way. READ MORE>>

Where to stay in Musandam

From cool and casual Khasab to the Dibba coast, camping and glamping and everything in between, where you can stay with kids in the Musandam Peninsula. READ MORE>>

Best of Muscat with kids view of Muttrah

Exploring the Omani capital of Muscat with kids – we take you through our 5 favourite family-friendly activities with top tips for navigating the city. READ MORE>>

Musandam to Muscat

How can you get from the Omani capital to the isolated Musandam Peninsula? We take you through air land and sea options to include Musandam on an Oman itinerary. READ MORE>>

Best hotels in Muscat

From luxury resorts to affordable and practical city accommodation, we take you through our top 10 choices to suit all budgets when road visiting Muscat as a family. READ MORE>>

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The Family Travel in the Middle East team of travel writers are all parents based in the Middle East, sharing first hand experiences and reviews from across the region to help you plan your next family adventure.

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