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Things To Do In Dubai With The Kids

If you are planning a family trip to Dubai with your kids, there are many activities for the whole family to enjoy. From resorts to beaches to desert activities, there is something fun for everyone to enjoy.

Things To Do In Dubai With The Kids

  • Aquaventure Waterpark

Visit Dubai’s largest waterpark in Atlantis, The Palm, also home to iconic rides and attractions. With water slides, river rides and a splashers kids area, it’s a trip for the whole family to enjoy. You can also do other marine activities in this park such scuba dive with dolphins or feed the cownose ray.

  • Desert Safari

Experience the thrills of the desert by going on a desert safari tour, where you can do numerous activities such as riding a camel, dune bashing and sand boarding. You can choose to go in the morning or evening and even stay overnight. If you don’t want to experience the dune bashing but don’t want to miss out on everything else, you can go for dinner in the desert.

  • Ski Dubai

Go skiing/ snowboarding at Ski Dubai, an indoor snowpark located inside the Mall of Emirates. With temperatures of about -4°C, this snow park features numerous activities such as a chair lift, bob sledging, zorbing, zipline and a penguin encounter.

  • Kidzania

A popular place for kids to have an educational fun time is Kidzania, located in the Mall of Dubai. It is an interactive learning centre that combines education and entertainment where kids can discover different jobs through role-play, and develop decision-making, creativity, teamwork and social skills

  • Burj Khalifa

Witness a breathtaking panoramic view of Dubai from the observation deck of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. Travel up 125 floors, 2,723 ft, and enjoy an amazing 360 view of the Arabian Gulf. You can choose to go during the day or at night.

  • IMG World of Adventures

Take a fun trip to Dubai’s newest indoor theme park, the IMG world of adventures to experience a full day of thrill and excitement of rides. This parks gives you childhood themed zones such as Marvel and Cartoon Network to life-size dinosaurs in The Lost Valley.

  • Dubai Parks and Resorts

Enjoy a fun day in Dubai parks and resorts, Dubai’s first integrated resort destination where it is home to Legoland, Legoland waterpark, Motiongate, Bollywood Park and Riverland.

There are also other various free activities in Dubai that you can do with your kids, such enjoying the dancing Dubai fountains or spending a day at kite beach.

Whatever activities you decide to do on your trip with your kids, one thing for sure is that you don’t have to worry about doing the laundry if your kids’ clothes get dirty. With Laundryheap, you can book a collection and have your items cleaned and delivered to your hotel within 24 hours.


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10 Free Things To Do In Dubai

If you’re planning a trip to Dubai and want to make the most out of your trip without spending too much, here are 10 free things you can do in Dubai.

10 Free Things To Do In Dubai

  • Dubai Walking Tour

Book a tour of Dubai with airotour and see the main sights of the city, from the museums to the markets to the largest skyscraper. It’s a great chance to get to know some of the locals and the culture. Alternatively, you can take a self-guided tour.

  • The Dubai Mall

Do some window shopping in the world’s second largest mall. With over 1, 300 retail outlets, an aquarium with a walk-through tunnel and underwater zoo, a VR Park and many more features, you’re sure to be entertained.

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  • The Dubai Fountain

Enjoy the beautiful display of the worlds largest performing fountain choreographed with classical Arabic and world music. The fountain consist of jets that can shoot up to 150 metres high and is illuminated with over 6,000 lights. You can watch these performances daily from 6-11pm, or between 1-2pm.

  • AlSerkal Avenue Art Galleries

Check out the eclectic, culturally diverse area of AlSerkal Avenue in the Al Quoz district. Wander in and out of over 60 art galleries, pop-up design shops and creative concept spaces.

  • Kite Beach

Wind down and relax at Kite beach by Meraas. It is a well-maintained beach with clear waters and many entertainment facilities nearby. You can spend your time walking along the shore, swimming in the soft waves or relaxing while watching the kite surfers. 

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  • Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

Visit one of Dubai’s urban protected area, the Ras Al Khor sanctuary. This wetland reserve is home to 450 animal species, many of which are birds. Flamingos are the main attraction in this sanctuary, especially during winter months.

  • Al Barsha Pond Park

Chill in the calming environment of Al Barsha Pond Park. As well as spacious areas to relax, this park includes sporting grounds such as basketball and tennis courts, a running track and exercise equipment. It’s a great place to hang out with family and friends.

  • Gold Souk

Walk through the Gold Souk aka the Gold market, one of the oldest and most fascinating markets. You’ll see a wide variety of gold, jewellery and gemstones which are all 100% authentic and regulated by the Dubai government.

  • Al Fahidi (Bastakiya) Historical District

Explore the historical district of Dubai where you can get a glimpse of the remaining preserved buildings of what the area used to look like before all the current developments. 

  • Riverland Dubai

Take a walk in the culturally diverse gateway to Dubai Parks and resorts that is Riverland. With a variety of themed destinations, music and entertainment that will take you to different eras from various countries, you’ll have a fun surprise at every turn.

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If on your visit you require a reliable laundry service, Laundryheap will be able to do the job for you. We offer laundry, dry cleaning and ironing and will collect and deliver your items within 24 hours. 


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Traditional Emirati Clothing

The history of traditional Emirati Clothing originates from Bedouins and reigns supreme on modesty for both men and women. It represents the culture and religion of the region, and also happens to be suitable for the high-temperature climate.

A majority of Emirati’s still wear the traditional clothing, especially when and where it is required, despite the western influence.

Here are the basics of what you need to know about traditional Emirati clothing.

Traditional Emirati Men’s Clothing

  • Kandura / Dishdasha: The traditional Emirati male clothing is a long robe called the kandura or dishdasha. It is traditionally in the colour white, but there are other colours, like grey and brown, which are more likely to be worn during the winter months. The length of the kandura is typically ankle length, however, those who have a royal or wealthy status wear longer robes.
  • Ghutra/Keffiyeh: The kandura is traditionally worn with a white or red and white checked cloth draped over the head called the ghutra or keffiyeh, which is held in place by a headband the agal. These headdresses are typically worn to protect the face from blowing dust and the harsh rays of the sun.
  • Bisht: The Bisht is a jacket-like garment worn over the Kandura. It is often worn by wealthy or royal figures and also on special occasions like weddings or festivals.

Traditional Emirati Women’s Clothing

  • Abaya: Abayas are long, black flowing dresses that cover the body except for the face, feet and hands. Tradition considers black abayas to be socially conservative. However, there are now various designs and colours that include embroideries and embellishments. It is common for women to wear western outfits underneath their abaya.
  • Shela (Shayla): Women who follow the traditional dress standards usually wear a headscarf called Shela, also known as Shayla, to cover the hair. It is a lightweight material that is commonly black and worn with the abaya. A majority of women choose to wear designer scarves, like Dior, as an alternative.
  • Gishwa: For more traditional women, a gishwa is a more modest option that acts as a veil to cover the entire face, with a thin enough fabric to still be able to see through it. This is more popular among older women.
  • Burqa: Another traditional piece of Emirati clothing that is more modest is called the burqa. This type of headscarf or hijab covers the entire face and body, only revealing the eyes. It is worn over the abaya and is also common among older women.

Traditional Emirati clothing needs to be well taken care of to remain neat and presentable. Clothing can be cleaned carefully at home or taken to a Laundryheap for professional laundry and dry cleaning service.


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How To Keep Yourself Cool During Summer in Dubai

Dubai in the summer is famous for its unbearable scorching heat, often reaching above 40°C (104°F). Fortunately, many, if not all places in Dubai are equipped with air-conditioning and indoor activities to help keep cool during the summer. There are also several things you can do for yourself to help you beat the heat.

Whether you’re an expat new to Dubai, a tourist or a local, here are some tips to keep yourself cool during the summer in Dubai.

  • Wear the right clothing

Stick to lightweight, loose fitted clothing for maximum protection from the sun. Avoid wearing dark colours, especially black, as these tend to absorb the heat quickly. Wear light colours instead to keep yourself cool and do wear a hat.

If you’re a tourist who is culturally unaware of what clothes are appropriate to wear in Dubai, check out our post- Tourist Advice: What To Wear In Dubai.

  • Start your day early

The heat is at it’s the highest temperature from 10 am, so it’s best to start your day as early as 7 am. Whether you need to run errands or want to do an activity, you’ll be able to get things done without having to worry about being in the unbearable heat.

  • Stay Hydrated

An obvious way to keep cool is to remain hydrated! Make sure to drink water frequently and carry around bottled water with you. The best way to drink water in such scorching heat is to consume small quantities at regular intervals rather than infrequent gulps.

  • Eat lighter meals

Avoid indulging in heavy meals and snacks such as fried and fast food, as this requires more energy to digest thus making you feel quickly drained of energy. Instead, eat light and healthy meals at frequent intervals to keep you refreshed throughout the day. 

  • Stay in air-conditioned places

All buildings and transportation in Dubai are fully air-conditioned, so staying anywhere other than outside will definitely keep you cool. Take advantage of the mall, a restaurant, museum or gallery.

Although it might seem unlikely, there are many activities to do in the summer in Dubai that will keep you cool, such as going to water parks, swimming in pools and indoor ice skating.

If you want to go to the beach, go before 10 am or in the early evening. This way you’ll avoid the burning heat of the sun and the sea.

It can be hard to not perspire at all, unless you’re always in a cool, air-conditioned environment. If you need to freshen up your clothes, you can book a laundry collection with Laundryheap and expect to have your clothes clean and delivered to you within 24 hours.


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Tourist Advice: What To Wear In Dubai

Dubai is a city well known for it’s incredibly hot summer climate, it’s modern architecture and luxury shopping malls. 

What To Wear In Dubai

Dubai is a cosmopolitan city where a majority of the population is made up of expats, most of which are from the western region, so it can be quite confusing as to what you can wear. 

Although the city is filled with many expats and welcomes different cultures and religions, Dubai is a city in the UAE which is an Islamic country. So, traditional clothing is modest for both men and women.

One thing for sure is that locals nowadays love to dress up and look good whenever they’re out in public. They love to show off their designer brands and will always make the effort to look fashionably presentable. The style sense will usually range from classy and elegant to smart casual.

The trick is to dress classy in a modest way.

Depending on what you do and where you go in Dubai, there are some public places that have a strict dress code. 

Key points to note:

  • Plunging necklines, bare midriffs and booty shorts are frowned upon.
  • Transparent and sheer clothing that will reveal your lingerie must be avoided.
  • You can wear off the shoulder/ sleeve-less tops unless a dress code says otherwise.

What To Wear To Public Places In Dubai

For public places like the park, metro, malls or just roaming around.

Women

  • Maxi, midi or knee-length dresses and skirts
  • Fitted jeans, pants or culottes.
  • Nice blouses/ tops or t-shirts
  • Short-sleeve, sleeve-less or off the shoulder tops
  • Jumpsuits, rompers or playsuits
  • Shawls or scarfs
  • Thin jackets, cardigans or kimonos 

Note that some public places such as some shopping malls have a strict dress code where you will need to cover up a bit more (your shoulders). That’s why it’s always handy to bring along a shawl or light jacket whenever you roam in Dubai.

Men

  • Fitted jeans/pants.
  • T-shirts, polo shirts or vests
  • Shorts (but not short shorts)

What To Wear To Fancy Restaurants In Dubai

You definitely have to bring some formal clothes and shoes if you plan to go to restaurants and bars in Dubai. Most nice restaurants have a semi-formal or formal dress code that do not permit trainers!

You can wear anything that looks elegant and classy, so long as it’s not too revealing.

Ladies should still keep outfits looking modest and bring along a shawl or jacket to cover up going to and from the restaurant or bar.

Men should wear polo-shirts and nice pants, with fancy shoes.

What To Wear When Visiting A Mosque In Dubai

When visiting mosques or traditional markets like Spice Souk or Gold Souk, it’s important that both men and women are fully covered and not wearing tight-fitted clothing. 

Women

  • Maxi dresses or skirts
  • Pants or trousers
  • long sleeve tops/cardigans
  • Shawls or scarfs to put over the head

Men

  • Jeans or pants
  • Long sleeved tops

What To Wear To The Beach In Dubai

Ladies can wear bikinis and swimwear to the beach or swimming pool, as long as it’s not too skimpy. Bikinis or swimsuits that have thongs are highly inappropriate. Men can wear swimming shorts with a vest or t-shirt, but must avoid being topless.

What To Wear For Nightclubs In Dubai

Dressing for nightclubs in Dubai is pretty much the same for any other city, as most of these nightclubs are international. So you can pretty much wear what you want. The only thing they will be strict about is what shoes you wear, so be sure to pack some heels or dress shoes.

If you’re planning to visit Dubai and want a convenient laundry service, Laundryheap will happily collect, clean and deliver your clothes within 24 hours to your hotel. It is also a great way to outsource your laundry if you live in Dubai.