Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The largest and most populous city of the United Arab Emirates. With year-round sunshine, beautiful beaches, and luxury hotels. And let’s not forget out-of-this world shopping malls. It is a place to visit any time of year. And if you are looking for anything, you will find it in here. English is widely spoken. It is a tolerant and cosmopolitan emirate and all visitors are welcome. Even more so children.

There are plenty of things to see and do  for children of all ages. All luxury hotels have pools and most of them have kids club as well. Outside of the hotels, you can go indoor skiing, skating or go-karting just to name a few activities. There are several wild water parks inside of the city and many amusement parks just outside the city. But just going to one of the malls is an attraction in itself for most of the kids. The Dubai Mall is one of the world’s largest shopping malls, it has Kidzania with tons of activities to do, the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater zoo, they’ll be able to see the Dubai Dino inside of the Souk Dome and watch the Dubai fountain right next to the Burj Khalifa.

If you plan on going to the Atlantis Water park we have a few advises, try to go as early as possible. It gets very crowded during the day. When arriving early you can do most slides without having to wait very long in queue. Second, you don’t have to bring towels. Towels can be rented at the Atlantis and saves you a lot of carrying around wet stuff. Thirdly book your tickets online in advance and skip the lines when arriving at the park.

Atlantis is really great fun for the kids. We stayed there for half a day. And that was more than enough. After doing all the slides, it got way to busy to enjoy the water.

Here are some awesome things to do in Dubai with kids. If you follow this list you will for sure see all the major highlights of this wonderful city. Use it as a check-list. It works really well.

  • Visit the Dubai Mall;
  • See the Dubai fountains;
  • Pay a visit to the Burj Khalifa;
  • Visit the Dubai Mall Dinosaur;
  • Visit the Dubai mall Aquarium;
  • Go to Atlantis Water Park;
  • Go skiing at Ski Dubai;
  • Take a walk at Dubai Miracle Garden;
  • Go to Kite Beach;
  • Watch camels racing;
  • Visit the Dubai Marina.

Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach & Marina

Dubai Marina, Dubai, UAE
+(971) 4 399 4141
Price range



Settled on Jumeirah Beach, close to the Marina.


Rooms are spacious and modern. They have connecting rooms, but not so many unfortunately. The rooms feature all modern amenities and sleep 3 persons.


The hotel has nine restaurants and bars. And offers an incredible Friday brunch. Unfortunately we didn’t have the opportunity to eat in all the restaurants, but we tried Bussola, the Italian Pizzeria where they serve the best pizzas in all of Dubai. We also had breakfast and dinner at Blue orange, an international buffet offering a very good and wide choice of flavors. We are usually not such huge fans of buffet restaurants but our children love it, and this Blue orange has one of the better buffets I’ve seen.

Fish, a truly WONDERFUL restaurant on the beach serving the best Aegean sea fish and dishes. This was by far our favorite. And China Grill a trendsetting Asian inspired cuisine.

Services and amenities for kids

The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina has the “Travel in Style with Kids” label.
For an overview of the services and amenities for kids at this hotel click hereAmenities provided by the hotel in green.

Extra info

When we arrived, we checked into the Westin Habtoor City first. They said they had special family rooms with a Playstation and bunk beds installed, but apparently they changed their mind when completing the hotel (it had just opened). They probably decided that the hotel was more a business hotel then a family hotel and therefor changed the rooms. So we decided to switch to the other Westin.

Extremely glad took this decision. The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi is indeed far more a hotel to stay with your children. It’s right on the beach, has several pools and restaurants. Spacious interconnecting rooms for families and there is also a kids club on the premises (at the Meridien). Of course there are many other more beautiful hotels in the city. But the Westin does provide a good price/quality ratio. Would stay there again!

Bussola Pizzeria
Address: the Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi
Reservations: Online or call +(971) 4 511 7373
Cuisine: Italian food
Kidsmenu: yes, they serve kid size pizza’s.
Experience: Bussola has two sections, a fancy Italian restaurant downstairs with a wonderful terrace serving fine Italian dishes. Upstairs there is a pizzeria where they serve the best pizzas in Dubai. We only had dinner in the pizzeria and it was very good. Even if you were not staying in the Westin I would recommend coming here for a nice pizza.
Address: Le Meridien Dubai Mina Seyahi
Reservations: Online or call +(971) 4 511 7373
Cuisine: Aegan food
Kidsmenu: –
Experience: We loved this restaurant on the beach between Le Meridien and the Westin. They serve fresh fish and the ambiance is just wonderful. The entire decoration is blue and white. It feels you are sitting in a restaurant in the Mediterranean. The fish was delicious and the staff so friendly. All people working there are from Turkey and they serve Turkish seafood dishes.

Avoid the summer months. It gets extremely hot.

Best time to visit is October – April.

Below is the current temperature and forecast for the next days in Dubai, decide for yourself if it’s tempting or not.