United Arab Emirates with toddler

Phew, the weather in November is always bad. Why, not even fly into the sun when it is wet and cold in Germany? In the UAE it is always sunny and warm, so this destination was our first long-haul destination with our young son. But is a Muslim country the right choice and how the child can withstand the heat? Different culture, different food, different people ... like relaxing and fond of children the UAE are, you experience the following article.

United Arab Emirates – Country

The United Arab Emirates are smaller in comparison to Germany a lot, but not as densely populated and therefore everything is very spread out. What does this mean for parents with a small child? We recommend to take a rental car to get to the Hotel or to excursion destinations. If you book a complete trip, you should make sure they have a hotel Shuttle. The public transport is developed quite well, there are even air-conditioned bus stops, but with the child and the car is quite difficult. Especially when the Hotel is, for example, a whole piece away from Dubai.

air-conditioned bus stop

air-conditioned bus stop

Lush green lawn and palm trees can only be found in the cities. The United Arab Emirates is a pure desert state. Here, not much grows. For the landscape gardener to give yourself a lot of trouble Malls or to let, hotel investments, such as an Arab dream look. In the North, if you drive in the direction of the Gulf of Oman, one crosses the Northern foothills of the Hajar Mountains. Very rugged and rocky, the highest mountains up to 1500 m. rise here

United Arab Emirates – Traffic

The traffic in Dubai and Abu Dhabi is not for the faint of heart. The highways are during rush hour are jammed and the driver's license you get, apparently, for free! Traffic information and speed limits also are rules for some drivers in part. The road network is also relatively complex, since the highway crosses are so huge and so many departures that it has without the Navi is hardly a Chance. In short, anyone who takes a rental car, you should really be able to drive well. Refueling is much easier! You need nothing, namely, it is for a tank of fuel. And this Service gets you for only 0.50 Euro a Liter. As we were in 2014 in the UAE, the Liter only 1.78 Dirham (about € 0.33). In order to fill up the car became almost twice as expensive, but in comparison to our prices are still cheap.

Refueling in the United Arab Emirates

Refueling in the United Arab Emirates

Outside of the major and larger cities it is much more tranquil. The highways are wide and run kilometers long, only just. Left desert right desert, because you do not need to fall asleep watching. In smaller cities the traffic is quite pleasant and compare it with our in Germany. Speed cameras there are tons. On the highways every 50 m. felt weird lawn way, all the same. We have the presumption that the will not work at all. Due to continuous sand storms and the strong rays of the sun, you are probably already more functional. Have not tested it yet. We are always dangers of nice-to-rule.

broad highways through the desert

broad highways through the desert

Vereinigte Arabische Emirate – Leute

We were 2014 once in Dubai, and found the country and its people great. All so friendly and open ... we wanted to repeat with child. But traveling with a toddler, it changes a lot of things.

Die Menschen in den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten sind wirklich sehr zuvorkommend. Aber eine Sache ist man als Deutscher nicht gewohnt: alle wollen dein Kind anfassen! Und sind auch der Meinung, dass sie das einfach dürfen. Ohne dich zu fragen oder das Kind. Gleich bei der Ankunft am Flughafen standen wir im Zug mit ein paar Männern. Sie lächelten unsern kleinen Blondschopf an und langten sofort in den Buggy. Ich war im ersten Moment so erschrocken, dass ich einfach nur still da stand und nichts tat. Unser Sohn ist sehr schüchtern und wandte sich natürlich ab. Ich lächelte zwar freundlich, aber eigentlich wäre ich dem Mann am liebsten angesprungen. Wer denkt, fremde Omas in Deutschland, die unbedingt mal in den Wagen gucken und streicheln wollen sind nervig, der sollte nicht in die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate fahren. Ich bin der ganzen Sache gegenüber nicht so engstirnig. Ich war beim ersten Mal nur sehr erschrocken. Mit der Zeit gewöhnt man sich daran. Die Menschen sind wahnsinnig freundlich und keiner wird gleich übergriffig. Sie sind Kindern gegenüber einfach nur sehr offen und wollen sie damit zum Lachen bringen. Klappt nur leider bei unserem schüchternen Sohn überhaupt nicht. Was uns auch einige Male passiert ist, dass Manche ein Foto von unserem Sohn machen wollten. Weil er blond ist und blaue Augen hat, das gibt es hier nicht so oft und daher ist er anscheinend etwas Besonderes. Schon komisch.

The actual Locals, you don't see so often, except in the Malls. The United Arab Emirates have a lot of immigrants from India, Pakistan, Malaysia and some other Asian countries. They usually come to Work and are available in the supermarket at the cash register at Burger King or working in the Hotels. Someone is rarely unfriendly, contrary to come. Also, many of the rays as a calm. In contrast to the hectic traffic, the people are very calm. For a Muslim country it is oriented to the West. Even if the women may, in part, is only fully veiled from the house, when to buy them Dolce & Gabbana or Victoria's Secret a.

Locals shopping at the souk

Locals shopping at the souk

You will always find a helping Hand, the touch with the car at the children, or something reversing, when the small, repeated throwing something out of the car. No one looks at you wrong, also in the fifth tantrum in an hour. So quiet and level-headed fellow I would wish for in Germany, too, sometimes.

United Arab Emirates – Weather

“Hot, hot” were the first words of our son, as we came out of the Terminal. Yes, in Dubai it is also at night around 23:00, still hot! Since the heat is dry and not so humid like in Asia, I find them very comfortable. Our little sunshine had no problems with it.

As the travel period for the United Arab Emirates, we recommend November to April. Here the temperatures are between 25 °C and 35 °C. Only in January and February there can be “only” 20 °C warm. The water is for us, the Baltic-Tested German anyway bath warm. So perfect for little water rats. In the summer months, however, the Thermometer can crack the 50°C mark. Therefore, not a good idea for a trip in the United Arab Emirates. However, the hotel rooms and package deals are the best.

Strand in Dubai

Strand in Dubai

Sun, sun and again sun! Throughout the day. So one imagines his dream vacation. Rainy days there are very few, and these mostly in the winter months. In the Morning, a light fog over Dubai, which is the warp, but quickly lies again and again. Sun cream with a high protection factor is a Must, especially for the small sand digger! If your moving during the day since you will not be able to bear it very long out there. At the beach or Pool, you can refresh you, but on a Sightseeing Tour you have to make from time to time Pause and you in a Mall or a Similar cooling. Has air conditioning systems every small business. The heat can be quite exhausting, especially for the Little ones.

With us in November, the weather was hot, but pleasant. Our little ones loved it, always in the short stuff out with only sandals on the feet. We quickly realized when it was too much for him, then we have down a gear and the afternoon in the air-conditioned hotel room spent.

United Arab Emirates – The Beach

The United Arab Emirates is a desert state, nevertheless, you should not expect white fine sand beaches. For Hotels, the beaches have been created, for the most part artificially. With artificial coves and breakwaters. The heaped up Sand is mostly made of shells and small stones and is, therefore, not so nice and soft. Our child did not care, he has always rumgematscht in it. The hotel's private beaches are clean and well maintained, is always on the Hotel and how this is his duty.

Beach on the Gulf of Oman

Beach on the Gulf of Oman

We have tested different Hotels with beach. In some goods enough to Lie on, and always found a place. It was also very careful that no one occupied for a lounger with towels to use without it. Families with children got so quickly a free space with a sun screen. In other Hotels the ball man-fashion, moved in Early around 6:00, quickly spread the towels on the Sunbeds and around 12:00, you can come then finally to the beach. With a small child you get very little chances to be the place to be. Absolutely incomprehensible, because there are references, that is exactly what is forbidden, and no one from the hotel staff makes sure to stand. We have taken the towels usually just go down and Lie for us. Something we expect and not accept in a 5-star Hotel!

Beach in the Persian Gulf

Beach in the Persian Gulf

The public beaches are usually from the reddish-brown desert sand. This is softer and with less stones, but placed no value on cleanliness. The Locals do not do very well with their environment. The beaches are mostly full of garbage. Here, we would not recommend to go with a child bathe. You prefer looking for a Hotel with a beach, since you are also the sun and the umbrella in the strong sun also urgently needed.

The water is warm all year round. In the summer, partly to warm, and hardly a slowdown. In the North, on the Gulf of Oman, where we spent our first few days, is said to be the sea, allegedly, a bit colder, we have noticed nothing. The tides are not felt more than in the Persian Gulf, and so it can occur already times that in the artificial Bay in the afternoon, hardly any water is in there.

United Arab Emirates Hotels

All the Hotels in which we were, we felt, as a very child-friendly. Even the fanciest Hotel is for families very open. Of course, there are Hotels where children are not allowed and we find a good thing. Should the childless couple but also your peace of mind.

DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island

DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island

The staff, especially at Breakfast and dinner, was always up for some fun. Also here it was again, that our little man was constantly touched, what he didn't like the beginning so much. Towards the end of our holiday he came back to life and made the small banter. No matter how much our child krümelte and spilled, no Problem. In one of our Hotels, a cleaner came and even while we ate and way made the Krümelei under the children's chair. The us was already a little embarrassed.

Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort

Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort

Cots and high chairs are available in most Hotels and in sufficient number available. We also had beds always clean and fairly new children. Here, we can't complain. The towels for our son there was a lack sometimes. Unfortunately for him, there is not always a extra towel set. Positively surprised we were about the Housekeeping in one of our Hotels, because with a child, it is not just properly in the room. From time to time a toy was on the table, then lovingly for our son was placed. Nice Idea. Playgrounds are not so many, however, are in the public space. We were in a Hotel with a giant water Playground, for our son, but it was still too small. Sun-protected play areas, we would like more.

All the Hotels we've chosen, had a kids club, which we visited but never. Our little man is shy and on the other we do with our child holiday and not parallel to him. But, if you need time to yourself for a day, the Small calms hand.

The hotel rooms were all large enough for 2 1/2 people. The cot had to be somewhere to be clamped between it and the Buggy was always a place to stand without being in the way. Because nowadays every Hotel has lifts, all accessible with prams accessible.

Our hotel room at the Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort

Our hotel room at the Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort

Vereinigte Arabische Emirate – Einkaufen

The United Arab Emirates, the master of the giants are probably the Malls. The Dubai Mall or the Mall of the Emirates, to name just two, are gigantic, and Lost big. For extensive shopping the UAE are not suitable to go in our opinion, however. The clothes are more expensive than with us, and since you 2018 a value added tax introduced, anyway hardly affordable. The only Technology items, such as mobile phones or digital watches of large well-known manufacturers (bitten Apples especially), were due to the lack of a VAT is more favourable than with us. With the new VAT, you can still save, but not quite as much.

For the daily needs, you can get in the United Arab Emirates, everything. We have Packed a lot before the trip: diapers, Snacks, etc. we would not have needed to. Who would like to save the space in your suitcase, which will be held in the large Malls always have a Carrefour or Similar. Here there is everything, what there is in us also. In some cases even a purely German products and own brands, where everything on it is in German. The can read here, no one, so we think that it is only for the German tourists. Of the prices all of the products are slightly more expensive than us, but you also have a huge selection, especially of fruit and vegetables. For a couple of bottles of water you can't go in the little Shop around the corner, however, the diversity here is so great. No matter what you might forget, you will get in a Mall.

Spices of all kinds

Spices of all kinds

Vereinigte Arabische Emirate – Essen

Starve none here, surely. Even those who would like to try a foreign food place in the Malls in the Food Court of McDonalds and co. With a toddler you need to have no fear, to not find anything that tastes the Small. And if there are only a couple of fries. There are countless Restaurants due to the many different immigrants, from Indian, Asian to European cuisine. Exclusive castle chains such as Shake Shack or probably the best “ice cream shop” Cold Stone Creamery can be found in the UAE. We recommend Yelp as a review site to find the right Restaurant for you.

In the Hotels the food selection is huge! Most of the large Hotels have several theme restaurants or have a full-filled Buffet, then you should not have booked half Board or All inclusive. Of all the Buffets we had in our Hotels, there was every day a different theme. Time Asia, time Europe or typical country dishes. So who finds here nothing is your own fault. In addition, the most amazing salads and Desserts that you can only dream of! Fresh fruit is a part of the Breakfast and dinner in all Hotels of course.

Buffet im Hotel

Buffet im Hotel

The Breakfast menu ranges from typical European, hot and cold, to the Asian Buffet. Everything, what the heart desires there. It is of course also always on the Hotels, how well the food tastes, too. We had made our Hotels consistently good experiences. For children, there were with us in all the Hotels in the evening, extra children's meals, like French fries, small chips or Mac and Cheese. Because every child will find something.

Buffet im Hotel

Buffet im Hotel

Especially accommodating, we found in all our Hotels, of our very own milk service. Our son only drinks soy milk and we found on any Buffet. So we simply asked and always got a warm Cup of soy milk brought to the table. If you are missing for your child, so anything, don't be afraid to ask. In children, all the Hotels are very helpful.

United Arab Emirates – Animals

Of camels every think is now! The are, however, typical for the United Arab Emirates and the desert. Well almost, there are dromedaries. What is the difference? Camels have two humps, dromedaries only one. A smart-ass ;-) But as you can see, we still can not a single camel there to discover. In the inland, a little further away from the big cities, you'll find more farms with large DROMEDARY herds. Some also live in the wild, but these only rarely. In the small Park in the middle of the cities, one finds not only recreation, but also exotic birds.

Peacock in a park of Dubai

Peacock in a park of Dubai

Camels in the desert

Camels in the desert

Auf was ich mit diesem Punkt eigentlich hinaus möchte, ist nicht diese Tierwelt, denn so viele Tierarten gibt es in den VAE nun wirklich nicht. Sondern die kleinsten Tiere wie Mücken, Käfer oder Kakerlaken. Alles was Eltern mit Kindern ekelig finden. Diese gibt es in den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten nämlich so gut wie gar nicht. Wir haben zumindest noch keine entdecken können. Für Mücken ist das Klima einfach zu heiß und zu trocken. Anscheinend auch für Käfer und Kakerlaken. Selbst in den tollsten Hotels in den USA findet man immer wieder Ungeziefer und auch in Italien oder Griechenland ist man davor nicht gefeit. Hier … Fehlanzeige! Auf den Straßen, in kleinen Gassen oder Hinterhöfen, nichts. Und es ist nicht besonders sauber, es liegt immer wieder Müll rum, aber irgendwie scheint das Klima den kleinen Krabbeltieren nicht so gut zubekommen. Schon allein deswegen finden wir die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate ein ideales Reiseland für Familien. Ihr müsst also keine Angst vor unangenehmen Bissen und Stichen haben. Somit kann man auch abends noch einen wunderschönen Spaziergang machen, ohne sofort von den Mücken aufgefressen zu werden.

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6 hours of flight from Germany, are no small thing for the mice, but even the survive the Kids better than you think. Because in the United Arab Emirates, the family is waiting for you holiday, everyone's looking for: peace, relaxation, nice and helpful people, child friendly Hotels, beach, sea and all-day sunshine and warm weather. If you don't care to spend your vacation in the month of Ramadan there, then nothing can go wrong. We can recommend you the United Arab Emirates only!

Christin

Hey, I'm Christin and I come from the magical Merseburg. During my studies in Erfurt, I met my husband Christian. Now, we both live in the beautiful Halle-Dölau. Through my profession as an architect, I am always interested in locations with exciting history and great architecture. Our tours are therefore also always a little business. ;)

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