Dubai with toddler or baby in tow

Dubai with toddler or baby in tow

Dubai is the perfect place to escape for some winter sun and also a really easy place to travel with littles in tow! In this guide we tell you everything you need to know about traveling to Dubai with toddler or baby in tow from how to get around, things to see and where to stay to make your visit stress free!

How to get around Dubai with toddler or baby in tow

Using Dubai Taxis with children

Taxis are cheap in Dubai however they don’t often have car seats! The roads in Dubai can be crazy so we recommend travelling with your own car seat and I personally would never get into a car in Dubai without having my child in an appropriate restraint! The law in Dubai is that children under 4 must be in a car seat however this is seldom enforced but I would advise you to always follow this rule!

If you are not travelling with a car seat (though I would advise that you do) instead of using a standard Dubai taxi I would recommend ordering your car through Careem Kids! These come with car seats

Otherwise for airport pickups use a reputable company like Black lane and ask for car seats! Then use public transport to get around!

Metro – the Dubai metro is really efficient! As long as you don’t use at rush hour the metro is relatively quiet and there is a dedicated women and children carriage where you are bound to find seats! If you want to travel around by metro however you will need to stay on the centre as it is very time consuming to get to and from the palm this way!

Looking for things to make baby travel easier? Then check out this post!

Top 5 Family friendly hotels in Dubai

Conrad dubai

When we want to experience dubai city life there is only one hotel we stay at – the Conrad (our review here)

Compare prices here

It has one of the best breakfasts in Dubai, a fabulous pool – a true urban oasis and is close to all the major toddler friendly attractions!

Fairmont the palm

The palm is full of great family friendly resorts! We usually stay at the palm as we love the shaded pool! This is better for families who want beach and relaxation more than doing lots of things in central dubai

Compare prices here

The Atlantis

After the burj al arab – but who can afford that – the Atlantis is Dubai’s most iconic hotel! It has many family friendly touches including an aquarium!

Fraiser suite

Looking for a place with a kitchen – then for us the only choice is Fraser Suites!

Tips for Visiting Dubai with a Baby

10 Best things to do in Dubai with toddler or baby in tow

Dubai aquarium

Our toddlers favourite place in all of dubai! You can see one side of the aquarium tunnel from the mall but it is well worth the admission!

Another place nearby worth visiting is of course the Burj Khalifa!

Motiongate dubai 

If you like us have a Madagascar lover in the house like we do then this is the theme park for you! There are also rides based on Shrek, how to train your dragon and kung fu panda!

As with any theme park, I recommend buying your tickets online to avoid having to suffer the long entrance queues! Depending on who you are traveling with and how many parks you want to visit it might be worth buying a combination ticket but there are single park options! Otherwise, if you are considering hitting a lot of Dubai’s attractions in a week then the Dubai explorer pass may be a money saver – you can check the cost and inclusions here! 

You can buy your online tickets via Viator using this link! 

Or you purchase your tickets in advance via Get Your Guide here! 

You can read our full review here!


A great attraction that suits older toddlers! Can be combined with the above! You will want your child to be at least 95cm to use rides!

if you are considering hitting a lot of Dubai’s attractions in a week then the Dubai explorer pass may be a money saver – you can check the cost and inclusions here! 

You can buy your online tickets via Viator using this link! 

Or you purchase your tickets in advance via Get Your Guide here! 

Dubai creek

Aka old dubai! Take a dhow down the creek – this is sure to delight littles!

Hit the malls

The malls in Dubai are something else! With some amazing shops, soft play and even ski slopes – you are sure to find something that will keep your little happy!

Day at the beach

A trip to Dubai is not complete without a visit to the beach! Either stay at a hotel with a beach or arrange a day pass at one of the hotels!

Dubai miracle garden

A floral gem in the winter months! Seeing the emirates plane made out of flowers is amazing and an Instagram hit!

Glow garden

Another winter only attraction open from 4 but really you need to wait until sundown to get the true effect of these illuminations!

Dubai frame

The newest vantage point! A great place for photos!

Dubai mall fountains

Depending on week versus weekend – shows occur on hour or half hour! My toddler insists on seeing every show when we are out – we also like having lunch at a restaurant with a fountain view!

Dubai itinerary with toddler or baby

If you are staying a bit longer why not add a day trip to Abu Dhabi onto your itinerary! From there you can explore some of the UAE’s best beaches, explore Islamic culture and more!

Next Read: Dubai Vs Abu Dhabi – a Comparison Guide

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Further UAE Reading 

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Dubai with Kids Guide 

Tips for visiting the Burj Khalifa 

Motiongate Dubai Review 

Conrad Dubai Review 

What to Wear in Dubai 

Abu Dhabi 

Most Beautiful Places in Abu Dhabi 

Visiting Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque! 

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  1. March 18, 2019 / 4:10 pm

    On my ‘to visit’ list. Had no idea there was so much to do with kids!

  2. March 21, 2019 / 2:45 am

    I would love to visit Dubai as a stopover en route to Europe. So much to do and see here with kids. We’d definitely go to Legoland! #fearlesstravelfam

  3. March 21, 2019 / 11:57 am

    Dubai is so child friendly, we went last year with a tween and it’s great at that age too. #fearlessfamtrav

  4. March 21, 2019 / 12:07 pm

    So glad I’ve read this post. As you know we’re finally visiting Dubai this year so this post gives me an idea of what we can see and do, even in our short time there. Your tip about prebooking tickets is at the forefront of my mind. #fearlessfamtrav

  5. March 21, 2019 / 4:03 pm

    I’m still to visit Dubai but I can really see how family friendly it is, so much to do huh?! #fearlessfamtrav

  6. March 25, 2019 / 9:05 am

    Its funny reading this while sat in Dubai. No kids for us this time around though as here on a no kids break! Had a great time and will be really sad to leave #fearlessfamtrav

    • March 25, 2019 / 9:07 am

      Haha! I imagine a very different place child free

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