Where are the best places you can head within the UAE for a Family Staycation? We have been looking across the 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 Resort Locations
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.
With so many beach resorts in the UAE, how can you pick a favourite? We’ve tried our best to pick the Top 10 family-friendly resorts across all 7 Emirates, do you agree?
Outdoors & Ecotourism in the UAE
This absolute bumper list includes over 50 activities you can try in the winter with your kids. Download our checklist so you can stick it to the fridge for weekend inspiration.
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.
Explore across the Emirates and Northern Oman, seeking out the best family camping spots with top tips for outdoor explorers and alternative glamping options.
Abu Dhabi Staycation Ideas
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.
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.
Turn your Al Ain weekend into a relaxing staycation with this choice of 5 resort hotels perfectly set up for family travellers like you.
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.
Fujairah Staycation Ideas
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.
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.
Ras al Khaimah Staycations Ideas
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We’d love to know your favourite family vacation spots in the UAE. You can let us know in the comments below or why not join our Family Travel in The Middle East chat group on Facebook