Historic sights, shimmering beaches, futuristic architecture, spectacular food scene and a myriad of must-sees and must-dos, Dubai is an exotic destination which lures a lot of travellers all round the year. Packed to the brim with out of this world attractions, and endowed with rich distinct culture that's both progressive and moderate, never fails to impress. Dubai is a dazzling destination that is home away from home for many Pakistanis. 

Earlier this month Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism (DET) invited HELLO! Pakistan along with few other lifestyle publications from Pakistan - we had the honour to visit Dubai and explore the city's best attractions, fine dining spots, museums, amusement parks and much more - Dubai offers visitors a wide range of things to do.

All in all, whoever wants to witness Dubai blooming in its full glory ought to set out for a vacation as soon as the summer vacations of your kids arrive. And to help you plan your vacation just the right way, we have handcrafted a guide that will make for a great travel buddy and is full of information. All you need to do now is to pick the guide and leave on a mesmerizing journey to the land of dreams and opportunities! Here are 10 Reasons why Dubai should be on top of your family holiday list… 


1. Affordable & Family-friendly 

As the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai offers several family-friendly activities, including amusement parks like the IMG World of Adventures, aquariums including the Dubai Aquarium inside the Dubai Mall, wildlife spotting at The Green Planet - all these places are indoor and weather friendly that you can enjoy and easily spend a full day at each one of these places. 

Recently Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism (DET) unveiled its latest campaign, Chalo Dubai, aimed at Pakistani travellers which highlights their incredible ‘Kids Go Free’ deals across the destination’s top hotels, most eye-catching hot spots, and attractions. The Kids Go Free initiative allows families to explore Dubai's diverse attractions, including classic landmarks such as Dubai Fountain, At the Top Burj Khalifa, and LEGOLAND Dubai Park that is located at Dubai Parks and Resorts, as well as newer experiences like the Museum of the Future, AYA Universe, and the Sky Views Observatory. Moreover, children can take advantage of complimentary stays and dining at a range of beach properties, city hotels, and resorts, including world-renowned chains and boutique hotels such as Atlantis The Palm, Address Sky View, and Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel and Towers among others. This new offer has certainly made the whole experience of visiting an extravagant place like Dubai, an affordable one. 



2. Food Scene is Spectacular

With such a diverse and international population, there is a spectacular range of food styles available in the city. With hundreds of Arab, Persian, Indian, Pakistani, Filipino, French, Japanese, Chinese, British and American restaurants – both humble and high-end – there’s something for everyone and every craving. Throw in the array of food options from fine dine to cafes, and you will have a range of places to choose from depending on your choice and mood of the day. 


3. It's a Shopaholics' Paradise 

If you are a shopaholic, you can get the best experience in Dubai. The tax-free feature provides a satisfying experience for shoppers. The place also offers special sales and discounts from time to time. Thus, you can find thousands of tourists flocking to this place. You can find many shopping places in Dubai.

The Dubai Mall is the second biggest shopping center on the planet by land mass, and it’s just one of the many novelty centers you can visit. People travel to Dubai from near and far to indulge in retail therapy and visit the attractions built into the various shopping centers.

4. Cultural Diversity 

With almost 200 different nationalities calling the United Arab Emirates’ city home, and a massive 90% of the population coming from outside the country, an astonishing assemblage of expats representing all corners of the world. 

Dubai is arguably one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. Dubai’s expats are mainly first-generation, bringing with them a host of different cultural traditions, food and experiences. The diversity on show in the city is unparalleled.

5. It's Safe and One of the Leading Locations in the World for Family Vacations

Dubai is, in fact, one of the safest Middle Eastern cities for tourists. Its strict laws mean that crime is kept to a minimum, and many tourists feel much safer in Dubai than they do in other parts of the globe. In fact the UAE is becoming one of the leading locations in the world for family vacations. If you are going to Dubai with younger children that are still in a stroller, there’s no better place to explore than the Dubai Marina. With around 7 kilometers of stroller-friendly walkways, you can easily enjoy the waterfront, nearby cafes, restaurants, and street performances. There are beach resorts, theme parks, museums, shopping malls and out-of-this-world attractions opening every month in this dynamic and vibrant city.


6. Indoor Activities Are At Large

In the desert nation of the United Arab Emirates, the summer climate can be quite challenging if you’re not used to the heat. Keeping the climate in mind, the government has very well planned countless activities and fun places to experience indoors in well air-conditioned rooms, making it easy for everyone to not miss out on anything. Just because you’re indoors, it doesn’t mean that you will be missing out on the wonders of nature! Located at City Walk, The Green Planet is the UAE's first tropical forest in an enclosed bio-dome, and is touted as an engineering and architectural wonder. 

When it comes to Dubai indoor activities, IMG Worlds of Adventure reigns supreme! Covering over 1.5 million square feet with 4 themed areas or “Epic Zones” (Marvel, Cartoon Network, IMG Boulevard and The Lost Valley), there’s plenty of ground to explore. Apart from many other indoor places like Ski Dubai, there are also world class museums like the Museum of the Future, Madame Tussauds where you and your kids can take pictures with your favourite stars from around the world and of course Instagrammers heaven the AYA World.  You can also go for the live show The La Perle which is something that is beyond the borders of your imagination.

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