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profile member asked on Mar 1, 2012

DUBAI with young child

Hello,We have decided to discover Dubai, the town of light for a week with our two children aged 1 and 12.We will be staying in Dubai itself. We were wondering a few things though:Is it a problem having the youngest child with us?What parts of town our interesting to visit in Dubai?Do we have to buy tickets beforehand to visit the TowerOther important things:Is Abu dhabi worth a detour?Can anyone suggest what they would do if they only had a day in Dubai?Thank you for your tips

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answered on 3/1/12 by
a VT member from Terrigal

Hi, welcome to VT.

First, what time of year will you be visiting? Summer is impossibly hot and humid so outdoor activites are severely limited.

If you're visiting in the good weather months you have a choice of beaches, sightseeing around the souks and the Creek in the original city and the new developments in New Dubai. In the summer you'll need to spend most of the time inside in the air conditioning.

I assume by the Tower you mean Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building. (Dubai has thousands of tall towers!) You only need tickets to go up to the viewing platform (on the 124th floor I think) but to see the tower itself you just go to Dubai Mall. You can buy the tickets online in advance or at the ticket desk.

Personally I don't think Abu Dhabi is worth a day out of your week, but others will probably disagree with me.

If I only had one day in Dubai I'd take the Big Bus hop-on hop-off tour, which gives at least a look at a good mixture of the sights.

There's no more problem having a one year old with you in Dubai than in any other city.

There's a huge amount of detailed info on our pages right here on VT. What to see and do, how to get around, where to eat etc etc. Just click on our names to go to our pages, or use the search panel, and then follow the links.

answered on 3/2/12 by
a VT member from Brussels

I have just done a one week trip to the United Arab Emirates with my daughter aged 13 and my baby who is one.I staying in Abou Dabi.
People love children in the UAE.
Abou Dabi is a very interesting town. I visited the great Mosque. My son didn’t understand how sacred the place is so he took great pleasure in walking and running bare foot on the biggest carpet in the world. They don’t complain. On the contrary, children are really loved over there.
I also visited the Heritage Village with Christine, a guide at [original link]. You can see the Bedouins villages, the tents, the houses in the mountain, life in the oasis. There too, everything is adapted for children. They go into tents and run around on the carpets they watch the camels, falcons…°
I was particularly interested by the Emirates Palace visit because the guide explained the future project of the Louvre, the Guggenheim museum and the Zayed museum.
For Dubai, if you wish to go to the Buri Khalifa Tower, I would recommend buying the tickets in advance on internet [original link]. Take the tickets with the date and time, it is much less expensive.

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