Kids stay free! Unforgettable family memories await in Dubai this summer

Last updated 25th March 2024

Kids Stay Free on family holidays in Dubai this summer. If that sounds like your type of saving, here are some more reasons to start thinking of Dubai as a year-round destination.


Dubai’s iconic skyline

This summer is the season to save big in Dubai with the return of the generous Kids Stay Free offer at dozens of the emirate’s incredible family hotels and resorts.

But it’s not only children’s accommodation that is free at a number of hotels, free dining on the same meal plan as parents is up for grabs too. And many hotels are also offering free kids clubs and play sessions as well as activities and lots of other fun extras.


Aquaventure, Atlantis, The Palm

Why book your family holiday in Dubai with Kenwood Travel?

Kenwood Travel specialises in great value, so the Kids Stay Free offer is available on its family holidays to Dubai this summer, along with all the other benefits of booking direct with one of the UK’s most trusted travel companies.

We particularly like the idea that Kenwood Travel is backed by 45 years of experience, and it’s both ATOL and ABTA bonded for extra peace of mind.

Plus, unlike a lot of companies, Kenwood Travel still believes in the personal touch. So you can phone its call centre and speak to real experts, often parents themselves, but most of all, people who’re invested in helping you choose exactly the right holiday, at the right price, for you, and your kids.

Of course, you can book online just as easily. But either way, Kenwood Travel has an amazing selection of hotels and resorts in Dubai this summer which include the Kids Stay Free offer, as well as low-deposit booking, and direct flights from a choice of UK airports.

Although the best travel offer you’re likely to get this year is far from the only reason to do summer in Dubai.


Family lunch, Rixos The Palm Hotel & Suites, Dubai

Why Dubai is this summer’s top pick for family holidays

Dubai is a surprisingly easy summer holiday with kids. Not only do direct UK flights from several airports, including London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow, take just over seven hours; jet-lag is minimal, so your holiday starts as soon as you arrive. And as exceptional family hotels and resorts are the emirate’s signature, you can look forward to everything from thrilling waterparks on-site to temperature-controlled pools, imaginative kids clubs, award-winning spas, water sports and even desert adventures.

But if you really want to know why Dubai is the pick for summer 2024, Kenwood Travel is sharing its top six reasons to go right here:


Aquaventure Waterpark, Dubai

Add the world’s largest waterpark to your family holiday in Dubai

Big, bigger and biggest are core themes in Dubai, so you might not be too surprised to find it’s home to the world’s largest waterpark. Perfect for cooling down during summer, Aquaventure Waterpark features more than 105 rides, slides and chutes and comes with surf simulators and rivers, both rapid and lazy.

If waking up to that kind of fun every day sounds like kid-heaven, all guests at Atlantis The Palm, Dubai have free, unlimited access to the waterpark. Although you don’t have to stay to splash. Aquaventure Waterpark is also open to visitors and offers a range of one to seven-day family passes.

Another cool-down legend, Wild Wadi Waterpark™ is the one with unbroken views of the spectacular Burj Al Arab. Base your family holiday in Dubai at Jumeirah Beach Hotel and the park is free, all-day, every day. Or, choose one of the hotels in the Madinat Jumeirah collection, and you get free access to the wild watery excitement too.


Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

Eyeball sharks and climb to the top of the world’s tallest tower

Almost everyone recognises Dubai’s iconic landmarks, and still, nothing prepares you for first hand experiences like standing on the observation deck of the world’s tallest tower, Burj Khalifa. No amount of describing is the same as seeing The Dubai Fountain in action for yourself, after-dark, in dazzling downtown. And your kids really aren’t ready for the thrill of Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo where vast, glass tanks bring them face-to-face with 104 different marine species.


The Royal Pool, Atlantis The Palm, Dubai

Cool down in the coolest pools this summer

Naturally, Dubai is an expert at staying cool in summer, and not just in cooling you down, but at creating pleasant, ambient temperatures to keep you comfortable indoors.

Of course, you want to swim on a family holiday in Dubai, especially as the emirate has so many temperature-controlled pools. And in summer you can expect a refreshing dip to be just that; as the water will be just right to cool kids down and let them splash around for hours without getting chilled. Air-conditioned cabanas are something else to look forward to at many hotels, as well as plenty of remarkable indoor pools too.

Although if you want to take swimming to another level altogether, Deep Dive Dubai lets you explore the depths of the world’s deepest indoor pool. And it’s not just any pool. This one has a sunken city to discover, plus it’s a great place for kids to take first time scuba lessons this summer, or for expert divers to try something completely new.


Family shopping, Dubai Mall

Come ready to shop! It’s sale time in Dubai this July and August

Dubai Summer Surprise makes July and August among the best months of the year to go shopping. There are sales all over the city with real bargains to be had and, if you need an excuse to explore some of the world’s grandest malls, this is it.

Don’t think we’ve forgotten that the average kid loves shopping as much as long car journeys and early bedtimes. We haven’t. We just know that Dubai’s vast, air-conditioned, entertainment-packed malls don’t do shopping the way it’s normally done.

Take Dubai Mall for starters. Not only is it the largest mall in the world with over 1,200 stores, it’s also home to Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo and Zabeel Sports District, Trampo Extreme, Dubai Skating Rink, and so much more, all designed to delight the most shopping-averse kids. It even has a 155-million year old dinosaur skeleton on display, affectionately known as Dubai Dino.

If you’re more interested in authenticity than summer sales, Dubai also has some of the most dazzling souks in the UAE including the legendary Gold Souk and its near neighbour the Spice Souk: both perfect excuses to explore Deira, one of  the city’s historic quarters.


LEGOLAND® Dubai Waterpark, Dubai Parks and Resorts

Lose count of the thrills at Dubai Parks and Resorts

The complex that promises non-stop thrills and delivers, Dubai Parks and Resorts could be reason alone to book a summer holiday right now, as far as kids are concerned. This is the home of LEGOLAND® Dubai Resort and LEGOLAND®  Water Park, as well as MOTIONGATE™ theme park for young movie lovers.


Family desert adventures, Dubai

Weave the desert into your family holiday in Dubai

Dubai’s rich and complex history has the desert woven into almost every chapter, so exploring this magnificent landscape is a holiday must-do. Sunrise camel rides across the sands are real family memory makers. And spending an evening as guests in a Bedouin encampment takes enchantment to a whole new level.

However, when you want the most elevated desert adventure, think about staying at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa. It’s inspired by traditional Arabian oases, but with contemporary luxury designed into every detail, from spacious family suites to the choice of six different restaurants. Although, kids will probably be most taken by the fact that the resort also offers activities, ranging from archery to hot-air ballooning over the desert.

Book your family holiday in Dubai with Kenwood Travel this summer and enjoy their incredible Kids Stay Free offers