Being the most visited emirate in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai can easily be described as the perfect family holiday destination. For us, it’s only a 7-hour flight from the UK with a 4-hour time difference – very convenient indeed. So convenient that we’ve taken a family holiday there 4 times in the past 5 years, staying at some of the best child-friendly hotels in Dubai – perfect for families with kids.

Why should you take a family holiday or vacation to Dubai with your kids?

If you don’t know how much fun Dubai can be, our FREE Dubai travel guide app will give you loads of ideas. This bustling emirate city combines a beach holiday with a city break, offering a whole host of fun activities to entertain toddlers, teens and adults alike. If you’re planning a family holiday or vacation in Dubai with kids, you’ll have access to some of the best, fun-filled hotels and resorts in the world… complete with kids clubs, teens clubs and more!

With soft golden sandy beaches, World-class shopping malls, waterparks, theme parks and even trips into the desert, there are adventures in Dubai to suit everyone

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So, where are the best hotels and places to stay with kids in Dubai?

When searching for the best child-friendly family hotels in Dubai, there are several things we look for. Does the hotel have a safe swimming pool for kids? Do they have a decent kids club so we can take a break for a few hours? Are all food requirements catered for? is the hotel in a convenient location?

If we can tick most of these boxes, we’re already well on the way to booking our trip. Without further ado, here’s our extensive, hand-picked top 10 list of the best Dubai hotels and resorts for kids (and grown-ups too)!

1. Atlantis The Palm Dubai

Distance from Dubai International (DXB) Airport: 27 minutes by car or taxi
Distance from Al Maktoum International (DWC) Airport: 38 minutes by car or taxi
Kids pool: Yes
Kids club age range: Supervised club for younger kids and The Zone for teens
All-Inclusive: No, half board or full board (their Extraordinary Package)
Babysitting service: Yes
Our rating: 5 out of 5

Girl Kid in Pool at Atlantis The Palm Dubai - Best Family Hotels
Not too shallow, not too deep: The Atlantis’ main pool is perfect for a 5-year-old to practice their swimming!
Aquaventure Atlantis The Palm Dubai - Kids & Families at Splashers Mountain
Splashers Mountain at Aquaventure is a firm favourite amongst Atlantis’ younger guests, who get free entry to the waterpark
Nat Riding the River Rapids at Dubai Aquaventure
Adults get in on the action too, y’know? These river rapids form the longest lazy river in Dubai, and Atlantis hotel guests (like Nat, seen here) can ride these waves for free
Girl Kid Meeting Stingrays & Sharks at Atlantis The Palm Dubai Aquarium
Hey Mr. Ray! A large aquarium takes up a sizeable section of the Atlantis resort as you walk from the hotel lobby toward the restaurants

We love this resort so much, we’ve stayed here on two occasions now. The luxurious and instantly recognisable 5-star resort, Atlantis The Palm Dubai sits at the end of the palm-shaped peninsula. This prime location on The Palm offers spectacular views of the Arabian Gulf, skyscrapers and bright lights of the emirate city.

Why do we love the Atlantis resort?

There are so many reasons. The Atlantis sits on a private sandy beach with the ocean both at the front and the rear of the hotel. It has spacious family rooms, all enjoying incredible views. Staying guests receive complimentary tickets to the Lost Chambers Aquarium and Aquaventure Waterpark (the largest in the Middle East, with over 100 slides and rides).

The hotel has two kids’ clubs catering to both little ones and teens. When it comes to dining, there are many mouthwatering restaurants on-site, including an underwater one, Ossiano. We can’t forget our favourite restaurant there, Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen & Bar. There are also family-themed eateries such as Wavehouse, which serves burgers and pizzas next to a games arcade, bowling alley and wave rider machine for budding surfers!

There are also plenty of activities for us adults to enjoy at The Atlantis, including indulging ourselves with ShuiQi Spa treatments while the kids are being entertained.


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2. Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach

Distance from Dubai International (DXB) Airport: 27 minutes by car or taxi
Distance from Al Maktoum International (DWC) Airport: 34 minutes by car or taxi
Kids pool: No, but floats are given to kids in the infinity pool
Kids club age range: None (no kids club)
All-Inclusive: B&B, half board or full board
Babysitting service: Unknown
Our rating: 4 out of 5

Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach - Beachfront Ocean Facing Room
Our ocean-facing, beachfront room comfortably accommodates our family of three (1 king bed, 1 sofa bed)
Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach - View of JBR from Hotel Room Balcony
From the balcony: Views of “The Beach” at JBR, the Dubai Eye, the restaurants below and even the Sofitel hotel’s rooftop infinity pool
Sofitel Jumeirah Beach - Girl Kid in Rooftop Infinity Pool with Dubai Eye Wheel
There isn’t a dedicated kids pool, but kids (like our daughter, seen here) are welcome to swim and splash around in the hotel’s rooftop infinity pool
Girl Kid Building Sandcastles in Dubai - The Beach at JBR
Perfect location for kids: Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach (4th building from the left) is only footsteps away from the beach
Sofitel Jumeirah Beach Hotel - Night View of Ain Dubai Eye from Balcony
Ain Dubai (a.k.a The Dubai Eye) provides nice light shows in the evenings, which can be enjoyed from your hotel room balcony

We’ve stayed at this hotel three times! The luxury Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach hotel is located on ‘The Walk’, a bustling promenade adjacent to ‘The Beach at JBR’ (Jumeirah Beach Residence). We love the location! This promenade is lined with shops, cafes, restaurants, a cinema and a fairground. From here, we’ve taken short taxi rides to explore the world’s tallest skyscraper Burj Khalifa, browse souks in old Dubai and see the sand dunes on a thrilling desert safari.

The French-style hotel is 5-star standard with an infinity pool overlooking the beach. It offers family rooms with cots, sofa beds or extra beds upon request and a kids menu in the restaurants. However, it’s fair to say it does cater more to families with either very young or much older children as there are limited kids activities within the hotel.

The Little Havana restaurant serves Latin-American cuisine with a global flair and offers live music. There are also two brasseries, one with live cooking stations and an outdoor terrace for sunset views. The great news is, that when you stay here you do have easy access to Dubai attractions including Dubai Marina and the new Bluewaters Island.

No kids club? Why’s it on the list?

This hotels makes our list for its super-high standards and its amazing location. Its close proximity to the beach, the fairground and so many family-friendly restaurants within walking distance cannot be beaten.


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3. Lapita, Dubai Parks & Resorts

Distance from Dubai International (DXB) Airport: 41 minutes by car or taxi
Distance from Al Maktoum International (DWC) Airport: 23 minutes by car or taxi
Kids pool: Yes
Kids club age range: Toddlers to Teens
All-Inclusive: Yes
Babysitting service: No

Lapita Hotel Dubai - Deluxe Twin Guest Room
These Polynesian-themed twin guest rooms at Lapita are spacious and can comfortably accommodate a family of four (photo: marriott.com)
Lapita Hotel Dubai - Kids & Teens Club
The kids and teens club at Lapita comes complete with a rock climbing wall, building blocks, board games and more (photo: marriott.com)
Girl Kid at Motiongate Dubai Dreamworks with Shrek
Within a short walking distance of the Lapita hotel, you can meet Shrek and Princess Fiona at Motiongate Dubai
Girl Kid at Dreamworks Motiongate Dubai - How To Train Your Dragon
Also in the DreamWorks area of Motiongate (walking distance from Lapita), you can discover how to train your dragon!

Lapita is a Polynesian-themed paradise tucked away in Dubai Parks and Resorts. In our opinion, it’s definitely one of the best family hotels in Dubai for kids because of its theme park location.

The 4-star hotel is a great base from which to explore the rides and attractions of LEGOLAND Waterpark, LEGOLAND Dubai, Bollywood Parks, Motiongate and Riverland Dubai. All of which are on the hotel’s doorstep and free to access for hotel guests!

At the hotel, families can enjoy splashing around in two lagoon-style swimming pools (one is for kids) and floating along a lazy river. There are kids and teen clubs with daily themed activities, so the adults have time to sip cocktails at the bar or enjoy a lavish spa treatment or two.

When it comes to dining, there are several restaurants located on-site (one with a child-friendly buffet). You can also enjoy the multitude of eateries inside the nearby theme parks, like we did!


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4. Jumeirah Beach Hotel

Distance from Dubai International Airport: 21 minutes by car and taxi.
Distance from Al Maktoum International (DWC) Airport: 38 minutes by car or taxi
Kids pool: Yes, with water slides
Kids club age range: 2 – 12-year-olds
All-Inclusive: No
Babysitting service: Yes

Jumeirah Beach Hotel - Ocean Family Deluxe Room (Best Dubai Hotels for Kids)
The ocean family deluxe rooms are sizeable enough to accommodate medium-to-large-sized families (photo: jumeirah.com)
Jumeirah Beach Hotel - Kids Club - Best Dubai Family Hotels
The “KiDS Club” – entertaining your children with a jungle gym, trampolining, balloon bending and more! (photo: jumeirah.com)

Just two minutes’ walk from a private beach, with 10 restaurants, bars and 5 swimming pools, Jumeirah Beach Hotel is a hugely popular place to stay in Dubai with kids.

The hotel has recently been refurbished to a high standard, and most rooms come with free entry to the nearby Wild Wadi Waterpark, which boasts a thrilling new ride called Tantrum Alley.

The hotel operates their dedicated “KiDS Club” run by highly trained professionals, open from 8am to 10pm daily with mini water park activities, kite building, interactive gaming and iPad stations. During this time, you will have time to enjoy a romantic dinner, work out in the fitness room or treat yourselves to an aromatherapy massage!

The 5-star resort also benefits from international, grill, BBQ and buffet restaurants. There’s a dedicated kids menu, plus you have plenty of family-friendly activities to enjoy together including tennis, movie nights, theme evenings and a games room.


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5. The Ritz-Carlton Dubai

Distance from Dubai International (DXB) Airport: 25 minutes by car or taxi
Distance from Al Maktoum International (DWC) Airport: 35 minutes by car or taxi
Kids pool: Yes, there are 2 (one with a water slide)
Kids club age range: 4 – 12 years (under 4’s can be accompanied by a parent)
All-Inclusive: No
Babysitting service: Yes

Ritz-Carlton Dubai - Club Ocean View Room
The “club ocean view” rooms at the Ritz-Carlton are big enough to comfortably host a family of four (photo: ritzcarlton.com)
Ritz-Carlton Dubai - Ritz Kids Club - Best Family Hotels
The “Ritz Kids” club hosts a range of fun activities from origami arts to kids yoga (photo: ritzcarlton.com)

Nestled on the beachfront of Dubai’s stylish marina district adorned with crystalline lagoon pools and shady palm trees, the 5-star Ritz Carlton Dubai is another one of the best hotels in Dubai for kids.

While parents head off luxury shopping in the Dubai Marina Mall, enjoying Bedouin style-dining or a relaxing signature Arabian Felix treatment in the spa, kids are entertained by professionals at the Ritz Kids Club.

The club features 4 concepts – water, land, culture and environmental responsibility, giving kids between the ages of 4 and 12 years old the opportunity to learn whilst having fun. It runs from 9am to 6pm each day and there’s an evening programme available for an additional cost which includes food, snacks and drinks. Kids can also enrol for speciality courses to learn specific creative arts such as origami or handicrafts.

The hotel has 9 restaurants which cater to adults and kids and if you fancy participating in family-friendly activities, the friendly concierge can arrange sand-skiing, desert driving, dhow cruises, sailing trips and falconry tours!


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6. Anantara The Palm Dubai

Distance from Dubai International (DXB) Airport: 34 minutes by car and taxi
Distance from Al Maktoum International (DWC) Airport: 45 minutes by car or taxi
Kids pool: Yes
Kids club age range: Toddlers to Teens
All-Inclusive: No
Babysitting service: Yes

Anantara The Palm Dubai - Overwater Villa Room
Thai luxury: All of Anantara’s rooms and villas are furnished to an incredibly Thai high standard. Some family rooms also offer direct access to the resort’s lagoon (photo: anantara.com/en/palm-dubai)
Anantara The Palm Dubai - Tuk Tuk Kids Club
Tuk Tuk Kids Club – colourful and vibrant with lots to do (photo: anantara.com/en/palm-dubai)
Anantara The Palm Dubai - Chill Teens Club
Chill Teens Club – pool tables, foosball, video games and table hockey will keep your teen occupied (photo: anantara.com/en/palm-dubai)

Anantara The Palm Dubai is in a prime position overlooking the Arabian Gulf and the cityscape of Dubai. This chic 5-star hotel is a luxury place to stay. It’s somewhere that families can spend quality time together, or parents can have a break while the little ones enjoy Tuk Tuk Kids Club or the older kids head off to Chill Teens Club.

Resort accommodation varies with a choice of self-contained apartments or Dubai’s only luxury overwater villas, and the hotel has several pools including a kids pool. Hotel guests benefit from a gym, tennis courts and water sports activities. If you fancy a memorable half-day trip, book a tour on the hotel’s long-tail boat around Palm Island to see the sights.

Dining in the hotel is a treat for the palate, with restaurants serving a mix of regional, Mediterranean, Asian and Australian food. Crescendo is perhaps the most suitable for family dining. This laid-back eatery serves rotisserie and chargrilled meats, pizzas, Indian, and Italian food and even has a double chocolate fountain!


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7. The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi

Distance from Dubai International (DXB) Airport: 23 minutes by car or taxi
Distance from Al Maktoum International (DWC) Airport: 34 minutes by car or taxi
Kids pool: Yes, two
Kids club age range: 4 – 12 years (under 4’s can be accompanied by a parent)
All-Inclusive: Yes
Babysitting service: Yes

Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi - Queen Room with Palm Island & Sea Views
These spacious deluxe family rooms come with two queen beds and views of palm island and the sea (photo: marriott.com)
Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Family Kids Club - Soft Play
The kids club is located at the Westin’s sister property, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi… and it comes complete with an indoor soft play area (photo: marriott.com)
Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Family Kids Club - Outdoor Playground
“Le Meridien Family” kids club also offers young guests of The Westin full access to their outdoor kids playground (photo: marriott.com)

When you choose to stay at The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort on Jumeirah Beach you are effectively getting two resorts for the price of one. You don’t just have access to the unique bars and restaurants of this hotel, but also sister hotel Le Méridien Mina Seyahi’s dining venues which are part of the all-inclusive deal!

There are 6 swimming pools in total, including an infinity pool, plus two shaded kids’ pools, a water sports centre and a free-to-enter private waterpark called ‘Jungle Bay’. The hotel boasts incredible views of Palm Island, and the 5-star hotel even has an outdoor amphitheatre for sunset events and concerts.

Children up to age 12 are entertained at the hotel kids club throughout the day. Grown-ups can enjoy an indulgent spa treatment, a spot of sun-worshipping or a workout in the hotel’s state-of-the-art fitness studio.


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8. Fairmont The Palm

Distance from Dubai International (DXB) Airport: 25 minutes by car or taxi
Distance from Al Maktoum International (DWC) Airport: 36 minutes by car or taxi
Kids pool: Yes
Kids club age range: 18 months to 12 years (Chill zone up to 16 years)
All-Inclusive: No. B&B or Half Board
Babysitting service: Unknown (please enquire directly)

Fairmont The Palm Dubai - Sea View Suite
Fairmont’s ocean view rooms come with either 1 king bed or 2 queen beds – we’d recommend 2 for a family of course (photo: fairmont.com/palm-dubai)
Fairmont The Palm - Falcons Kids Club - Best Dubai Family Hotels
Fairmont Falcons Kids Club is awash with toys and activities such as dressing up, jigsaw puzzles, a splash park and much more! (photo: fairmont.com/palm-dubai)
Fairmont The Palm Dubai - Kids Club - Rock Climbing Wall
Another popular feature at Fairmont Falcons Kids Club is the climbing wall !! (photo: fairmont.com/palm-dubai)

If you’re travelling to Dubai with kids, Arabic-inspired, 5-star Fairmont The Palm has a multitude of activities to keep children entertained whilst allowing mum and dad some quality free time as well.

The 391-room hotel on Dubai’s palm-shaped island is home to the award-winning Fairmont Falcons kids club. The kids club features creative art and craft sessions, a climbing wall, books and toys. Best of all, the first two hours per child every day are free!

There are Xbox, Wii and Playstation consoles in the chill-out zone for teens. While all this is going on, parents can enjoy aqua fitness, high-octane LED gym sessions, spa treatments and cooking masterclasses with Michelin starred chefs.

Outside, there are 4 swimming pools, one specifically reserved for adults and a private white sandy beach with sunbeds for a spot of sun-worshipping. The hotel also offers plenty of water sports activities including water-skiing, banana and speedboat rides, kayaking, pedalos, paddle boarding and catamaran sailing.

Dining at Fairmont the Palm is an adventure too with Arabian, European and Latin American cuisines available. However, families will enjoy feasting on scrumptious food at Blowfish, an American-themed dining venue serving burgers, loaded hot dogs, milkshakes and ice cream.


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9. Centara Mirage Beach Resort Dubai

Distance from Dubai International Airport: 16 minutes by car or taxi
Distance from Al Maktoum International (DWC) Airport: 56 minutes by car or taxi
Kids pool: Yes
Kids club age range: 3 different age ranges (3 kids clubs!)
All-Inclusive: Yes
Babysitting service: Yes

Centara Mirage Beach Resort Dubai - Family Sea View Room
A bright & airy sea-view family room, perfect for a family of four. Some family rooms offer additional bunk beds for larger families (photo: centarahotelsresorts.com)
Centara Mirage Beach Resort Dubai - Kids Club
As well as the “Mirage Family Lounge”, the resort features the Camp Safari and E-Zone for kids and teens (photo: centarahotelsresorts.com)
Centara Mirage Beach Resort Dubai - Kids Candy Spa
Wait… what? A kids candy spa too? (photo: centarahotelsresorts.com)

Centara Mirage Beach Resort Dubai is a themed resort on the Deira Islands waterfront. Inspired by Arabian and Thai mystical adventures, it’s designed with family fun in mind.

Children can join one of the kids clubs (there are three age-specific clubs), lavish in the candy-themed spa or participate in arts, crafts, cooking classes and outdoor games. Alternatively, the whole family can go wild at the on-site waterpark or glide along the lazy river on inflatable donuts.

Guest rooms really cater to larger families too, with an opportunity to add bunk beds. There are also seven dining venues with menus serving everything from Thai food to Argentinian grill cuisine.

You can book the babysitting service and enjoy a romantic dinner for two at Sheesh rooftop restaurant as Dubai’s skyline illuminates or treat the whole family to casual dining at Sands, Waves Beach Bar or Mirage Family Lounge.

For those who seek moments of pure relaxation, the hotel’s “SPA Cenvaree” offers award-winning wellness treatments, which can be enjoyed by guests of all ages.


Visit Booking.com for more photos, availability and the lowest prices for a family room at Centara Mirage


10. Rixos The Palm Hotel & Suites

Distance from Dubai International (DXB) Airport: 36 minutes by car or taxi
Distance from Al Maktoum International (DWC) Airport: 47 minutes by car or taxi
Kids pool: Yes
Kids club age range: Babies to 12-year-olds
All-Inclusive: Yes
Babysitting service: Yes

Rixos The Palm Dubai Hotel - Premium Sea View Family Room
Family rooms and suites at the Rixos offer a variety of setups to accommodate families, including king beds, twin beds and sofa beds (photo: rixos.com)
Rixos The Palm Dubai - Rixy Kids Club
Rixy Kids Club is an Oasis of fun, entertaining kids with treasure hunts, magic shows, cooking classes and more! (photo: rixos.com)

Five-star Rixos The Palm Hotel and Suites is a multi-award-winning family beach destination on The Palm Jumeirah. It boasts panoramic views of Dubai’s iconic skyline and the Arabian Gulf and is just a short driving distance from many of Dubai’s main tourist attractions.

In our opinion, this is one of the best places to stay in Dubai with kids. Children really are placed at the heart of everything they do. Rixy Kids Club is open from 10am until 11pm with a range of scheduled activities including rock painting, balloon contests, MasterChef and science experiments. There’s even an indoor cinema and a nap zone if they get sleepy!

Outside, a pool with waterslides is supervised by lifeguards for your peace of mind and there’s an amphitheatre where children can act, role-play and watch films. While the kids are occupied, you can kick back and relax with lunch in a private cabana. Swim up to the pool bar or indulge in a signature ritual dating back to the Ottoman Empire in the Turkish-inspired spa.

This all-inclusive hotel benefits from a selection of restaurants focused on Turkish, grill specialities and world cuisines. There are also patisseries for those with a sweet tooth. After dark, the entire family can enjoy dancing to live DJ sets or watch bands play under the stars.


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If you’re now ready to plan your family holiday, you have all the information you need on the best family hotels in Dubai. These hotels don’t just offer outstanding facilities and entertainment for children of all ages. Still, they are also great value for money with some giving away complimentary theme park and waterpark tickets. If you need further inspiration or want access to the most competitive deals, you can take a look at our planning suggestions below!

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