The idea of traveling to Dubai may cause your wallet to become a bit nervous about all of the cash that can be expended with images of luxury hotels, fine dining and high-end shopping floating through your mind. We have some good news — while all of that is certainly available in Dubai, it is possible for your family to visit while at the same time staying within a budget. Here, we show you how to do just that while experiencing the best Dubai has to offer.
Brush Up On History
For just AED25 (about $6.80), you can spend time in the Etihad Museum to learn all about the history that led to the founding of the United Arab Emirates; the museum stands on the same grounds where the U.A.E. formed in 1971. Thousands of exhibits, interactive learning programs and videos tell the story; the museum is a terrific way to begin your visit to Dubai.
A Desert Adventure
You do not have to break the bank to go on a desert adventure when visiting Dubai. Desert safaris vary in price, of course, but there are options that can fit into a budget. From as little as AED125 (about $34), you can get out into the desert to experience its vastness, including dinner and all transfers.
Watch Water Dance
Back in downtown Dubai, gather around the Dubai Fountain and watch one of the world’s tallest dancing water fountains. From early evening on, the fountain’s choreographed water jets entertain thousands of visitors on the half-hour. What’s even better, the show is free.
Spice It Up
Cross the Dubai Creek, the heart of Old Dubai, for AED1 (about 25 cents) and you will land in Deira, where you will find spice, textile and gold souks. Grab your camera and take photos of the colorful lay of the land, while at the same time awakening your senses to the sights, sounds and smells of the market. Bartering is a way of life in the market, so if you see something you like, do not hesitate to try and find the best deal.
Eat It Up
If you are looking for something casual to eat while in Dubai, head to 2nd of December Street (formerly Al Dhiyafa Street) for some good, old-fashioned street food. Flavors from India, Iran, Lebanon and more fill the plates, and stomachs, of those who opt to dine in the area.
With cooler weather and fall colors on its way, it’s time to plan your fall family travels. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort PA Wilds in Mansfield is the perfect destination, and with both scary and not-so-scary events, kids and parents alike can celebrate the festive season with trick-or-treating, fall crafts, fun with the Yogi Bear characters and more.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Oktoberfest is not all about beer. Although beer does play a major role, many of these German-themed fall festivals include activities fun for the whole family. You don’t need to travel to Munich to enjoy the oom-pah bands, lively dances, colorful Bavarian dress and traditional German foods; you can find them in almost all regions of the United States this October. Here are some good choices for families:
Rome is a city full of musts for visitors. You must visit the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps. And the list goes on, all the way down to trying gelato. No trip to Rome would be complete without the obligatory sweet treat, and for good reason. Gelato is delicious, refreshing and it comes in every flavor you can imagine. But while you can find it just about everywhere you turn in the Eternal City, it’s important to know not all gelatos are created equal. The city is brimming with fakes, and once you know how to tell the difference, not only will you see the fake stuff everywhere, but you will also refuse to settle for less than authentic.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
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