If you’re looking for places in Dubai and Abu Dhabi to hang out with the kids, look no further. We’ve rounded up some top deals on days out to keep you and the whole family entertained.
Plus, if you want to make more than a day of it, check out our family-friendly staycation deals that means you don’t even have to drag the little ones home at the end of the day.
Dubai family days out
Caesars Resort Bluewaters
The Bluewaters resort has introduced Playcation Saturdays. The all-new family-friendly day out is kicking off on Saturday March 14 and will take place every Saturday after that. The day pass includes access to the pool and beach, soft drinks and entry to Empire Kids Club for the little ones and ROAM teens club for the older kids. Mums and dads can really kick back and relax by upgrading their package, as house beverages for adults is priced at Dhs395 each. Both of the soft drinks and house beverages packages are valid for a three-hour period. There is a range of activities for families to enjoy, including pool games, football competitions, beach yoga, interactive relay games on the beach and a giant Jenga challenge! Nothing wrong with a bit of healthy family competition. Families can break up their day with a spot of lunch and as an added bonus, kids under four eat absolutely free. Any mums fancying a bit of "me-time" can head to Qua spa where they will get 30 percent discount on their chosen treatment, or get pampered at LaLoge salon, which is offering a ten percent discount.
Dhs275 (soft drinks), Dhs395 (house beverages), Dhs125 (kids five-12), free (kids four and under). Every Sat from Sat Mar 14. Caesars Resort Bluewaters, Dubai, firstname.lastname@example.org (04 556 6466).
The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai
Enjoy the nice weather and being outside with a deal at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai where it costs Dhs250 per day for one adult to enjoy the beach and pool, plus up to two kids under 12 get free entry and also dine free. For a week’s access, the price is Dhs495, and a month’s pass is Dhs1,795. Little ones can choose from the Ritz Kids menu for free, while adults enjoy 25 percent off food and drink, and the spa, too.
From Dhs250 (per day for one adult and two kids). Daily until Friday May 22, 9am-6pm. JBR, Dubai, www.ritzcarlton.com (04 399 4000).
Wavebreaker Beach Club at Hilton Dubai Jumeirah
Until Wednesday September 30, mums, dads and kids can enjoy a day chilling by the pool, or building sandcastles on the beach for Dhs99 per person. Best of all, if the kids are under 12 they get in absolutely free. That's not all, as the price of entry is fully redeemable on anything you eat or drink while you're lounging poolside and whiling away your day. Wavebreaker Beach and Grill serves up plenty of bites, including burgers, salads for the calorie-counters and vegan options for the non-meat eaters. And when the little ones have had enough of the sun, sand and sea, they can head to the bouncy castle to exert some energy, jump around on the trampolines, or have fun on the slides. As the sunsets on a relaxing day, mums and dads can take advantage of the beach club's happy hour that runs from 5pm to 8pm every day.
Dhs99 (adults), free (kids under 12). Daily 9am onwards until Wed Sep 30. Wavebreaker Beach Club, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, JBR, Dubai, www3.hilton.com (04 318 2319).
Abu Dhabi family days out
Westin Abu Dhabi Resort & Spa
Have a family pool day at Westin Abu Dhabi Resort & Spa where kids under 12 not only get free access, but also get their food absolutely free, too. The offer is valid on weekends until Sunday April 5 and applies to a maximum of two children per family.
Dhs75, free (children under 12). Westin Abu Dhabi Resort & Spa, Abu Dhabi, www.marriott.com (02 616 9999).
Caesars Bluewaters Dubai – UAE residents
If you’re after an excuse to stay over at Bluewaters Dubai, Caesars Palace and Resort has just the exclusive UAE staycation offer. Expect a 15 percent discount on best available rates, breakfast for two, a free dinner at any of the restaurants including Zhen Wei and Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen, access to Cove Beach, and free access to Laguna Waterpark, Mattel Play! Town and The Green Planet. Steal.
Prices vary. Ongoing. Caesars Bluewaters Dubai, www.caesars.com/dubai (04 556 6666).
Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort – UAE residents
The beachside resort in Fujairah is calling all UAE residents to take on its exclusive package. What do staycationers get? A nifty 15 percent off best available room rates, daily buffet breakfast at Canvas and free access to its spa, gym and Aqua Bounce facility. We’re in.Prices vary. Ongoing. Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort, Fujairah, www.fairmont.com/fujairah (09 204 1111).
Grand Hyatt Dubai - UAE residents
This hotel is packing all the staycation punches with ten percent off the price of your room and 20 percent off any spa treatments booked at Ahasees Spa during your stay. Oh, and did we mention that breakfast is included too? Plus mums and dads can drop their little ones off at the Kidz Club where they can get stuck into arts and crafts, and enjoy story telling sessions, cooking lessons, video games and movies and can even feed the hotel's fuzzy ducklings.
Prices vary. Grand Hyatt Dubai, Sheikh Rashid Road, Dubai, www.hyatt.com (04 317 1234).
Habtoor Palace, LXR Hotels & Resorts
A family staycation where the whole gang gets a morning breakfast? That’s something to get onboard with, especially when Habtoor Palace’s “family fun package” also offers late check outs on the weekend.
Prices vary. Ongoing. Al Habtoor City, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 435 5555).
JA The Resort
Fancy dining around 25 various venues with the family without having to worry about the paycheck? JA The Resort has just the staycation offer, and it includes unlimited food and drinks, 30 percent off all treatments at the Calm Spa and the mini bar is included.
From Dhs895. Until Thu Apr 30. JA The Resort, Jebel Ali, www.jaresortshotels.com (04 814 5555).
Jumeirah Hotels – UAE residents
The great thing about being a UAE resident looking for a stellar staycation across the city is that you’ll get exclusive offers at any Jumeirah hotel – whether you’re staying at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Jumeirah Emirates Towers and more. Save up to 20 percent off your staycation, daily breakfast along with lunch or dinner at over 40 participating restaurants and unlimited access to Wild Wadi Waterpark. Not too shabby.
Prices vary, www.jumeirah.com.
Lapita, Dubai Parks and Resorts, Autograph Collection
This hotel has revealed that it’s offering staycationers completely free access to one of the world’s largest theme parks. Guests at the Polynesian family resort will now get complete access to all of Dubai Parks and Resort’s Motiongate, Bollywood Parks, Legoland Dubai, Legoland Waterpark and Riverland Dubai. The deal is for all future stays, and applies to any room types.
Prices vary. Ongoing. Lapita, Dubai Parks and Resorts, Autograph Collection (04 810 9999).
Le Méridien Al Aqah
Fancy a family holiday filled with activities? Le Meridien Al Aqah has you covered. Room rates start from Dhs498 per night, and for that price you’ll get 20 percent off all activities in the hotel. These include the Al Aqah rope course challenge, snorkeling, lots of water sports and deep-sea fishing. All of which are perfect for keeping the littles ones entertained the whole weekend.
From Dhs498. Le Méridien Al Aqah, Dibba (09 244 9000).
Palace Downtown – UAE residents
Who wouldn't fancy staying in the heart of Dubai? Well, Palace Downtown is the place to be. During your stay, expect 20 percent off dining at all Emaar Hospitality Group restaurants while your children up to the age of 12 can dine for free. What’s more, you'll get two tickets to watch a blockbuster at Reel Cinemas and two VIP passes to Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo at The Dubai Mall.
Prices vary. Ongoing. Downtown Dubai, www.addresshotels.com (04 423 8888).
Park Rotana Abu Dhabi
With this five-star hotel being a five- minute drive from Abu Dhabi’s top tourist locations including Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, and 15 minutes from Yas Island, this staycation is an absolute steal. A buffet breakfast for a family of four, a Dhs75 food voucher and connecting rooms is you what staycationers can expect.
From Dhs395. Ongoing. Eastern Ring Road, Abu Dhabi (02 657 3333).
Rixos The Palm Dubai
This beachside resort has a top all-inclusive deal. With a minimum three-night stay, staycationers can also get complete access to selected non-motorised water sports activities, complete access to the minibar (that refreshes daily), while little ones will get limitless access to the Rixy Kids' Club.
Minimum stay of three nights. Until Fri May 15. Palm Jumeirah, www.thepalmdubai.rixos.com.
Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay
Fancy a staycation with activities included? Book a two-night stay at this Business Bay hotel and you’ll get two free tickets to top attractions including Laguna Water Park, Mattel Playtown, Green Planet, or Roxy Cinemas in City Walk. You’ll also get a free shuttle to La Mer Beach and The Dubai Mall.
From Dhs515 (prices vary). Ongoing. Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay (04 369 0000).
The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi – UAE residents
There are plenty of reasons for a staycation at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi, especially with its staycation deal. For two nights, expect a free daily breakfast, Dhs200 resort credit per day, one hour complimentary rental of water sports equipment (non-motorized), access to the Sandcastle kids club, and to selected Athletic Club Group Classes.
Prices vary. Ongoing. The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi (02 498 8888).