Expert Series: 5 reasons to visit the Middle East for your next family holiday

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Going round the globe, exploring the yet-to-be explored and perceiving different cultures and lifestyle has become much more enticing with ChangiWiFi now being offered in the Middle East and Canada.

While having WiFi adds major attractiveness to a destination, you are probably not going to travel just for that. Hence, Changi Recommends brings you - 5 reasons to make a trip to the Middle East with your little ones. 

“Wait…What? Middle East?” is probably your first thought after reading the headline of this article. The Middle East does not strike one as a common family destination, however, read on and discover for yourself the reasons why the Middle East should be on your next family bucket list.

*This article is contributed by Changi Recommends

1. The Middle East is not as dangerous as people think it is

Expert Series: 5 reasons why you should visit the Middle East for your next family holiday
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The Middle East is unlike what many have thought as a dangerous region. In fact, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman have been ranked as the worlds’ second and fourth safest country in 2017 according to the World Economic Forum, overtaking Singapore at sixth place.

The safest spots within the region for families to start off with include northern Israel, with places like Nazareth and Haifa that are symbolic of the spirituality and solemn beauty of the land, as well as Qatar, known for its delicious local cuisine featuring spices and cinnamon. Other cities like Dubai and Abu Dhabi are also extremely welcoming to tourists and offer a wide variety of fun family-friendly activities that will not disappoint.

Besides, there’s always ChangiWiFi that you can travel with, so you will always have a peace of mind knowing that you’re connected 24/7.


2. Be one with nature

Expert Series: 5 reasons why you should visit the Middle East for your next family holiday
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The Middle East is widely known for its array of wildlife – your one stop wildlife haven. If your child loves animals, then they would definitely be in for a treat when you visit Israel’s Ramat Gan safari park where you get to admire the 1,600 species of animals roaming around freely in the 200 acres wide large vicinity.

Not a fan of land animals? Well, then make a trip down to the Lost Chambers Aquarium which is in Dubai as well. There, you’ll find countless of underwater animals not only to admire but also to feed! For yourself, you can also opt for snorkelling amongst the 65,000 many marine creatures.

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3. Take on thrilling adventures

Expert Series: 5 reasons why you should visit the Middle East for your next family holiday
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Here in the Middle East, be prepared for a ride of your life when you take part in their adventure-filled activities. Be amazed at the breath-taking scenery of the Nimrod Fortress, the biggest Crusade-era castle in all of Israel. As you climb up to the fortress, take time to soak in the nature with the lush Banias forests containing rivers and waterfalls just below the fortress!

If you are feeling extra adventurous, then be sure to visit the infamous sand dunes in Dubai where you can to trail along the beautifully shaped sand dunes or even try your hand at camping together as a family at the Wahiba Sands in Oman.

Be sure to capture those once in a lifetime moments and share them with your loved ones back at home using ChangiWiFi.

4. Let the kids learn about the rich Middle Eastern culture

Expert Series: 5 reasons why you should visit the Middle East for your next family holiday
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Like any other country, the Middle East also has a rich history of own, making the culture there one of a kind.

The people of Middle East are extremely devoted to religion and you can get to experience what it feels like to be a local when you visit these sites. For instance, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi which has one of contains the world’s largest hand-woven carpet and The Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar.

If you have the extra time then drop by the local traditional Arabic marketplace, Muscat market, in Oman where you can to interact with the locals and taste the variety of vibrant colored spices there!

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5. Experience top class family resorts and hotels

Expert Series: 5 reasons why you should visit the Middle East for your next family holiday
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The last thing that you would want to worry about after a long day of activities is having a suitable place for your family to rest for the day. Well, the Middle East has got you covered, with its variety of family friendly accommodations.

Here are the top three resorts and hotels you should book for a comfortable stay in the popular Dubai and UAE:

  • Atlantis The Palm: Known for its water activities like swimming with dolphins and the Aquaventure water park
  • Le Royal Méridien Beach: Sign up for the children’s penguin club, dine in the family-friendly restaurants and take a dip by the beach and pool facilities within the resort
  • The Westin: From babysitting services to kids special menus to games and activities at the children’s club, you can be rest assured that you child is taken care of and have a relaxing time as you unwind with your partner at the beach


The next time you plan for a family vacation, don’t be too quick to dismiss the Middle East. We’re sure visiting these countries during your next trip will be a great experience for everyone in the family.

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Expert Series: 5 reasons why you should visit the Middle East for your next family holiday

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This article is prepared by

Malini Pannirselvam
Dedicated writer by day, avid reader by night, language fanatic all the time, and aunt to nieces and nephews every day

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