Dubai in March
Warm enough for shorts and a T-shirt, but not too hot, Dubai in March is perfect for making you feel like you've melted in the loveliest way when you step out of the air-con.
Getting there isn't a problem either, with plenty of flights from around the UK. Among all the glitz, glamour and concrete, you'll find a family-friendly, welcoming holiday destination, which is surprisingly easy to enjoy with children of all ages.
In a nutshell
- Will suit: families of all ages
- Flying time: 7 hours
- Time difference: GMT +4 hours
- Average temperature: 22˚C
- Tourist information: Dubai tourism
How to get there
- Flights operate from London and Manchester, with all the big carriers. BA frequently runs promotional offers.
Where to stay
- Popular hotels with Mumsnetters include the Jumeriah Beach Hotel and Atlantis The Palm.
- Laterooms.com offers great prices on a range of properties.
What to do
- Dubai does everything on a grand scale, and while this may not appeal to everyone, you'd be hard pressed to not find something to do.
- Fancy a ski in the morning? Head to the Mall of the Emirates and Dubai's indoor snow dome.
- Watch a spot of camel racing.
- Visit the Wadi Wadi waterpark with over 30 different rides.
- Shop until you drop, including 2012's most-visited Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates, which is home to 520 brands.
- Let the kids run riot in Kidzania, an indoor theme park. Children can ride a fire truck, pilot a plane, construct a building, drive a car, get a haircut, conduct a health check-up, and much more.
- Or visit Children City, the first educational city in the UAE devoted to children between two and 15 years old.
- Escape the 21st century and head to 'old' Dubai near the creek.
- Relax on the beach. Check with your hotel which one is closest, but some will charge.
- Take brunch at the weekend. An all-you-can-eat (and often drink) buffet is something of an expat institution but fantastic value for money.
- Haggle at the Gold Souk. The government keeps tight control over the quality of all the merchandise, so you can be confident about your purchases.
- If you have older kids (or have left them in kids' clubs) then a visit to the Burj Al Arab is worth it, if only because it has to be seen to be believed. It's the world's tallest hotel, and probably its least subtle.
- Head into the desert with one of the various tours available locally, to suit all ages.
- Book bed and breakfast if you can, as breakfasts in the hotels (if not included) can be mighty expensive. Plus, eating a good breakfast means you can have a smaller lunch, which means more savings.
- Be prepared to get cabs everywhere and for there to be a lot of traffic.
- You can request a child-seat in a cab at the airport and some of the hotels may also be able to hire them, but it's worth checking.
- Choose a hotel room with a balcony if you are travelling with little ones (although make sure they can't access it). Once they're asleep, you'll be able sit outside as it will still be a lovely temperature.
What Mumsnetters say about holidays in Dubai
- Do the city bus tour. It takes you to all the main sites, and you can hop off anywhere along the route. teddymummy
- A day at the Bab Al Ahams hotel is good. They do a good Arabic lunch and a falcon show and camel rides, with a very toursity dinner with a horse and dancing show. Everyone we have ever taken loves it! nancydrewrocked
- Friday brunch at the Al qusar is a Dubai institution! Four hours of every food and drink imaginable! kelly14