Words and imagery by Evi Ritter.
Dubai was decided very last minute. We just had enough of the Swedish November and desperately needed some sunshine and warmer temperatures.
Dubai is an amazing winter destination with its endless blue skies, palmfringed white sand beaches, many attractions and temperatures around 30 degrees celcius. Throw in an easy six-hour flight from Sweden and a three hour time difference and the perfect destination for families with small children is found.
You can find beautiful long stretches of white sand beaches. Most of the beaches on Palm Jumeirah are mostly reserved for hotel guests, you can also get affordable day passes ( including free drinks and other perks ) at beach clubs which usually also have pools with special kids’ pools. You can easily spend the whole day on the beach admiring the beautiful views while chilling on a sunbed and swimming in the warm turquoise water.
Jumeirah Beach Residence, short JBR is a 1.7 km long dining and shopping promenade called ‘The Walk’ and a parallel beach mile ‘The Beach’ - one of Dubaiʼs absolute hotspots. You can even spot camels on the beach.
Al Fahidi District | Bur Dubai
Dubaiʼs oldest district still reflects the traditional style of life during the mid 19th. Exploring this historical district on the edge of the Dubai Creek with all it’s tiny labyrinthine alleys and corners flanked by sand-coloured houses is lots of fun. You can find many museums, craft shops, cultural exhibits and cute cafes in this nicely restored heritage area. The Dubai Creek is a 14 kilometer long inlet of the Persian Gulf, which divides the historic core into the districts of Bur Dubai and Deira.
The traditional life of the city of Dubai pulsates at the Creek. What a contrast to the super-modern skyscraper world. You can take the simple motorised wooden boats called Abras, to get from one side to another. The wooden water taxis are also used by locals. It is a 10 minute ride to get from one side to another and costs only about 25 dirham. There $re no tickets. It will be collected on board, so you should have it handy.
Embarking on a desert safari is a great adventure for the whole family. It offers a glimpse into the traditional Middle Eastern bond to the vast and untamed desert landscapes.
Thereʼs is no shortage of fresh, delicious and original food in Dubai. The melting pot Dubai with its over 70% foreigners offers some of the greatest food experiences. On Fridayʼs they have the famous Friday Brunch which is a really big thing in Dubai. Many restaurants even offer family friendly specials like the Cartoon brunch.
Donʼt miss the opportunity to stop and chat with the Emirati. They are very friendly and open-minded people but also deeply religious. The social norms and rules in Dubai are therefore strict.