Dubai, the largest city in the United Arab Emirates, has become a rising star of the tourism industry, and for good reason. The city offers a glimpse into an old-world culture juxtaposed with flashy cars roaming the streets and over-the-top luxury around every corner. There is no place in the world quite like Dubai and we compiled just a few of the many reasons why this desert haven should be on every family traveler’s bucket list.
In a country where you can buy gold from a vending machine, the shopping experience in Dubai is second to none. Whether you want to hit up the gold souk (market) where you can visit stall after stall selling all things gold or shopping malls featuring the world’s most sought-after and popular brands (The Dubai Shopping Mall is billed as the world’s largest), Dubai offers a shopping experience you won’t soon forget.
Sure, there are destinations around the world renowned for great skiing, but where else can you do it in the middle of the desert? You can ski, snowboard and even meet penguins at this indoor ski resort known as Ski Dubai. Whether you are a seasoned veteran or want to take lessons, there is skiing and snowboarding for all levels, with equipment rentals available on site.
Dubai boasts what is currently the tallest building in the world — the Burj Khalifa. Like the hundreds of skyscrapers that dot the city’s skyline, this building is the product of some of the world’s most innovative architecture. Home to a hotel, corporate offices, residences and the incredible observation lounge at the top where you can get breathtaking views of the city and the desert that surrounds it, Burj Khalifa is a must-see stop in Dubai.
Incredible Theme Parks and Attractions
Dubai has a reputation as a playground for the rich and famous, with an emphasis on playground. There are so many fun places to visit you’ll likely have to plan a second trip to see all the sites. Aquaventure Waterpark at Atlantis Dubai is not only the world’s largest waterpark, but also one of the most fun water parks, with more than 105 adrenaline-pumping waterslides to experience.
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United Airlines officially became the only major U.S. airline to own a flight training school with the opening of United Aviate Academy on Jan. 27. The moment was made even more historic with its inaugural class, which is 80 percent women and people of color.
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Family travelers spending time in Riviera Maya, Mexico, cannot miss Xel-Há, a park offering an extensive list of activities, all surrounded by the pure natural beauty of the region. The beginning of fall marks the perfect time to visit the park, with more than 20 unique experiences.
Embark on a family journey through The Last Frontier with Celebrity Cruises® and experience an unforgettable luxury vacation in the untouched natural beauty of Alaska. The breathtaking landscape of this pristine wilderness sets the stage for every memorable moment from up-close, awe-inspiring views of glaciers to observing native wildlife, including whales, bears, bald eagles, and moose. This corner of the world offers not only spectacular scenery, but also opportunities to learn about the history and culture of Alaska — from the native people who’ve lived here for centuries to the adventurers seeking their fortunes during the gold rush. No matter which sailing you choose, you’ll journey through the ever-popular Inside Passage — one of the most popular experiences on any Alaska vacation — and visit Hubbard Glacier or Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier.
Qatar may not seem like your typical wintertime family travel destination. After all, you won’t find many snow-capped peaks or ski resorts in the world’s desert nations, but the country’s newest winter attraction will make sure you have so much fun you won’t even think about snow. From roller coasters and merry-go-rounds to cotton candy and ice cream, there will be something for everyone at this nightly, winter-themed entertainment park.