MUM SAYS Dubai: A vacay to please everyone

Thanks to sand to snow attractions, a Dubai getaway will thrill every member in the family, writes Elaine Goh.


If every family member has a different suggestion to the “Where shall we go?” question every time the school hols roll around, you might want to consider a destination that’ll satisfy everyone. Indeed, Dubai has got much more to offer than just The Dubai Mall, the world’s second largest shopping mall. The temperature is a very pleasant 16 to 26 deg C if you visit Dubai ― a 7½-hour flight from Singapore ― during the year-end holiday period, when it’s winter.

          After all, where else in the world can you bask by the pool or beach; enjoy water-theme park ride thrills; admire the vast expanse of the Arabian desert; and take ski lessons or go toboggan racing in the snow ― all within a week?

Wear thermal swimwear in winter

A visit to the iconic Palm Jumeirah ― which looks like a giant palm tree from the air and is the world’s largest man-made island ― is a once-in-a -lifetime experience. Staying in glitzy Atlantis The Palm gives you complimentary and unlimited access to the Aquaventure Waterpark and The Lost Chambers Aquarium.

          Be warned though that winter water temperatures of 24 to 26 deg C may be a tad too chilly for us Singaporeans, who are more accustomed to swimming in 30 deg C temps. So, thermal swimwear or wetsuits are the order of the day!

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