One Week Family-Friendly Fall Trip to Dubai and Abu Dhabi

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  • Dubai

  • Abu Dhabi

  • United Arab Emirates (UAE)

  • Adventure Travel

  • Arts & Culture

  • Beaches

  • City Travel

  • Nature Escapes

  • Family Travel

  • Shopping

  • Aquarium

  • Amusement Park

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Curator’s statement

Dubai and Abu Dhabi are amazing cities to vacation with a family. Both are very family friendly and there is so much to do and see. Playing in the desert, 4x4 in the sand dunes, amazing white sand beaches, incredible food and the most luxurious hotels and spas in the world. There is something for everyone to enjoy. If you are in to art and architecture you will love the blend of modern and traditional.

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Where to stay in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

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Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa

Luxe beachfront property overlooking the Arabian Gulf with upscale rooms and suites.

Fora Perks
  • $75 hotel / resort credit.

  • VIP welcome & amenity.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

Atlantis, The Palm

Luxury property located on Palm Jumeirah island with upscale, ocean-themed rooms and suites.

Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort

Beachfront Jumeirah resort with sublime sea views from every villa and excellent culinary offers.

Fora Perks
  • $100 food / beverage credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

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Things to do in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

a family riding on camelback in the desert


  • Soul beach at Saadidat island (Abu Dhabi)- Amazing crystal clear, and vibrant turquoise water. This is a paid private beach that includes beach chairs and umbrellas. Enjoy anytime, however there can be a wait on weekends.

  • Kite Beach Dubai - Great for kite surfers, runners, beach volleyball and swimming. Active and local beach. Best time to visit is early or late in the day and during the week.

  • Sufouh beach - Directly in front of Jumeriah Beach Hotel, great for children, safe for swimming with gorgeous clear blue water.

Museums and Cultural sites


Amusement parks


Indoor Skiing

Other Activities

Shopping and Malls

Day Trip

I highly recommend staying at a desert hotel for a night. The sunsets are amazing and there is a special energy that you can't describe unless you are there.

Places to eat & drink in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

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  • Arabian Tea House - This is a must try in Bur Dubai, they have a traditional breakfast served family style. Must try the hummus, falafels and fresh lemon mint juice. It's best to go during the week because it is very busy on the weekends.


  • Salt - Burger bar on Kite Beach. A local favorite for burgers!

  • Operation Falalel - The Walk at Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR).


  • Bab Al Mansour - Morrocan Restaurant. Make reservations far in advance for this unforgettable experience. Excellent food and a unforgettable experience.

  • Pad Thai - Get the restaurant by abra (water taxi) through Souq Madinat. Great Thai food and ambiance. Reservations are necessary.

  • Shimmers - Relaxed beach restaurant. Reserve in advance. This idilic beach setting is a great for the whole family.

  • Zuma - Amazing sushi. This upscale sushi restaurant is both in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, must make reservations in advance.

Sunset views

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Joanna Nathan's guide, Local's Guide to Abu Dhabi.

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This is part of our ongoing series on travel to Dubai, and our longer series on travel to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).