Dubai itself is a very popular holiday destination for Emiratis as well as people from all over the world. The city’s luxurious hotels, artificial islands, lavish lifestyle, exciting nightlife and raw desert landscape attracts millions of tourists every year. Unfortunately, being one of the fastest growing cities on the planet comes with its own drawbacks. Dubai gets crowded day-by-day, leaving its residents wondering where to head for a weekend getaway with family.
Top family weekend getaways from Dubai
So here are some fun weekend getaways for families from Dubai:
Abu Dhabi, Distance from Dubai: 1 hour 55 mins (144.8 km)
Only two hours away from Dubai, Abu Dhabi is the best idea for a quick weekend getaway from Dubai. The charming capital of UAE greets you with a sandy manicured waterfront, tax-free shopping, and numerous architectural marvels.
Abu Dhabi has a number of quick weekend getaways you can indulge in:
Ferrari World, Yas Island – Abu Dhabi
Claiming to be the world’s largest indoor themed park, the Ferrari World is located on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. This amusement park boasts of having the planet’s fastest roller coaster – Formula Rossa, and includes 20 more Ferrari-themed rides, each of which are designed to bring the various facets of the Ferrari journey to life.
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Yas Waterworld Rides
This huge waterpark provides thrilling adventure rides and attractions including the world’s longest and fastest tornado waterslide. With its theme showcasing Emirati culture and myths, Yas Waterworld is a must visit for families as well as couples.
Desert Safari and Dune Bashing
Head on to the deserts of Abu Dhabi and enjoy different fun activities like sand boarding, dune bashing, quad biking, camel riding, and henna painting, among others. If you choose an overnight desert safari tour package, you’ll get to sleep in an authentic desert campsite, which is a unique desert experience in itself.
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Sharjah, Distance from Dubai: 30 mins (37.9 km)
The third largest among the seven emirates of UAE, Sharjah is hardly a half-an-hour ride away from Dubai. It is widely considered UAE’s cultural capital, and rightly so. All the public buildings in this Emirate were designed completely by the present Sheikh, who is a qualified architect, and thus, provides a pleasant relief from the typical skyline of most other Emirates.
Sharjah undoubtedly is an ideal weekend getaway for family, whether you shop at the Blue Souk shopping mall, or want to experience the almost extinct wildlife from the region at the Arabian Wildlife Centre, or spend a day with your family at the Sharjah Natural History Museum and Desert Park, there’s never a dearth of things to do in Sharjah.
Al Ain, Abu Dhabi. Distance from Dubai: 1 hour 35 mins (147.3 km)
Known as the Garden City of United Arab Emirates, because of its greenery, Al Ain is the perfect destination for a road trip from Dubai. The moment you step into the soil of Al Ain, you cannot help but feel the true essence of Arabia that you must have read about in the Arabian Nights stories.
Must-visit places in Al Ain
Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum:
The residence of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the first president and the founder of the UAE, the Palace Museum in Al Ain was built back in 1910, and was restored and turned into a museum in 1998. The ostentatious decoration gives you a peek into the royal taste and lifestyle that the President led which is well revealed through the impressive exhibits of the ruling family including gargantuan family portraits and things used by them.
Al Ain Zoo- Night Safari
For a cheap weekend getaway idea for families, the Al Ain Zoo is a mesmerizing place to be. It was inaugurated in 1969, and is spread across a massive area of 400 hectares. Located at the foot of the Hafeet Mountain, Al Ain Zoo houses a huge collection of local as well as exotic animals, promising a fun holiday for family and kids.