‘I was lucky enough to experience Dubai in March 2024. I had previously visited Dubai 12 years ago and it’s a destination that continues to evolve. One of the things that struck me the most was how it’s become such a great destination for a family break. With its incredible city skyline, beaches and countless attractions, there’s something for everyone.

We flew on the A380 with Emirates from Manchester in economy class. On arrival we were taken to The Paramount Hotel which was our home for 2 nights. With its Hollywood theme and ultra-modern rooms, this was a stunning hotel with a luxury feel. Perfect for those who want to stay nearer the city or for those who are looking for luxury on a budget.

On the first day we visited the Madinat Jumeirah resort. We experienced breakfast at the Jumeirah Al Naseem in the Palmery Restaurant. The quality of the food on offer was exceptional with cooked to order options and a dedicated gluten free section. Following breakfast, we explored all four hotels in the Madinat Resort which were the Al Naseem, the Mina A’Salam, the Dar Al Masyaf and the Al Qasr. All beautiful but each offering something a little different depending on whether you prefer a modern or more traditional feel. We then headed over to the Palm for lunch at the Jumeriah Zabeel Saray.

In the afternoon we were taken on a desert safari. We travelled for approximately an hour outside of Dubai and experienced a jeep safari over the sand dunes followed by an evening with food and dancing in a desert camp.

On day 2 we went on a breakfast yacht tour. We boarded the yacht at Dubai marina and sailed out to the Burj Al Arab. The yacht had a luxury feel and there were lots of photo opportunities. The food on board was lovely and the staff were extremely helpful. We then went on to the One & Only Royal Mirage. Located on the beach with a beautiful pool area and views out towards the Palm. We experienced lunch in the outdoor restaurant whilst overlooking the beach and the sea. The hotel has a range of accommodation to suit families and couples, as well as private residences for those wanting complete seclusion with butler service. It’s believed celebrities and royalty have stayed here! We then set off to visit Dubai’s original Iconic hotel – the Burj Al Arab.

One of Dubai’s famous landmarks, this hotel really stands out. It oozes in luxury from the moment you arrive. Shaped like a sail and only accessible if you are either a guest or you have a reservation. On arrival at the hotel, you are greeted by the range of luxury hotel cars and the impressive reception and lobby area which has its own water feature and aquarium. We were lucky enough to have a full tour of the hotel which included the private room where the royal family have dined, the ballroom located on the top floor of the property and the luxury beach club.  The restaurant, the beach club and the spa are all bookable for those not staying at the hotel.

On our final day, we visited Dubai’s newest ultra luxury hotel – Atlantis The Royal. On arrival at The Royal we were greeted by a fleet of super cars before being taken into the impressive lobby area. The hotel is now 1 year old. Beyonce played at the opening party and was paid $25 million for a 2 hour performance. We visited the exclusive Cloud 22 sky pool which features an infinity pool and views over Dubai. We then headed over to Atlantis The Palm which is a family orientated hotel due to having the waterpark onsite. After looking around the hotel we managed to have an hour to experience what the waterpark has to offer. Then it was a quick trip back to the Hilton at Dubai Creek to pack and get ready to be collected to head to the airport for our flight home.

Dubai is a fantastic place that has a lot to offer. Whether you are a couple, a group of friends or a family, there really is something for everyone.’

Clair Lee-Burbage Office