In the UAE, there are some amazing places to take your mum and show her just what she means to you. What says ‘I love you’ better than a relaxing staycation in Dubai or Abu Dhabi, where the hospitality is second to none and the experiences are unforgettable?
Your mum, she brought you into the world. She kissed away baby tears and held your hand as you learned to walk. She helped you do your homework and cooked your favourite dinners over and over. She watched every one of your school plays, bursting at the seams with pride. She held back bittersweet tears as she watched you fly the nest and begin your adult life. She’s your mum.
Chances are, nobody in the world loves you more than her. And with Mothers’ Day coming up in the UK on Sunday 14 March and in the UAE on Sunday 21 March, you have the perfect chance to show this incredible woman just how much you love her too.
Book a hotel in the UAE and be sure to add these 3 special destinations to your itinerary.
1. The Burj Khalifa, Dubai
Make your mum feel like she’s on top of the world with a trip to the observation deck on floor 124 at the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. A visit to the world’s tallest building is a must for any trip to Dubai.
But don’t hurry down. There are several lounges where you can make the experience last a little longer and really spoil your mum. Get a ticket that includes the luxurious and much less crowded At The Top Sky Lounge on the 148th floor, where you can enjoy a refreshment before skipping the queues for the lift down.
Or dine in style at At.Mosphere, the world’s highest restaurant at 442m above ground. Be wowed by the views and the food. The restaurant serves European cuisine using only the finest ingredients. Be there for sunset and it’ll be a meal your mum never forgets.
While you’re in the area, shop until you drop at Dubai Mall, the world’s largest mall. Then stay into the evening and watch in awe as the world’s largest dancing fountain, the Dubai Fountain, puts on its magnificent show of light, sound and 140m jets of water. To make this experience even more special, get a front-row seat with an abra ride on the lake.
2. The Souqs in Old Dubai
Step back in time with a trip to the Old Souqs in Dubai. This collection of markets is a wonderful place to explore and get a feel for just how much Dubai has changed. The sounds, sights and scents are incredibly authentic and you’ll find it hard to believe you’re still in the 21st century.
It’s also a really great place to spoil your mum with an extra treat to remember your trip by. There’s the Gold Souq, Perfume Souq or just an abra-ride across the water, the Textile Souq with a beautiful array of pashminas. At the Perfume Souq, you can even help your mum create her own unique signature scent.
3. The Louvre, Abu Dhabi
If your mum loves the finest things in life, then she’ll adore the newly-built Louvre Abu Dhabi. It houses a vast but exquisite collection of art treasures from all over the world and from Neolithic times to the present day. She can immerse herself in a world of art that includes a 7th-millennium-BC Ain Ghazal statue from Jordan right through modern European paintings by Picasso and Miró.
There’s a 90-minute snapshot tour that covers the collection’s highlights. It’s available several times per day in different languages. But if your mum has a particular interest or is an enthusiastic lover of art in general, you could spend much, much longer here. In fact, it may be hard to tear her away.
Just a snapshot
Of course, the three suggestions above are just a tiny sample of all that the UAE has to offer. There are many incredible places to spoil your mum. As well as malls, museums and souks, there are beautiful beaches to lounge on, desert-scapes to explore, some of the world’s best theme parks, and a myriad of places of cultural or geographical interest. like oasis city Al Ain and the Hatta mountains. Much of the UAE can be explored using Abu Dhabi or Dubai as a base.
Where to stay
For your convenience, Premier Inn hotels offer 8 locations in the UAE. All offer family rooms for two adults and two children, plus free wi-fi and parking, and a licensed bar.
If you are intending to visit both the souqs and the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, then Premier Inn Dubai Al Jaddaf offers both comfort and convenience. This hotel is a short walk to the metro, so it is perfect for exploring the city. Additional on-site facilities include a rooftop swimming pool, gym, restaurant and a Costa Coffee shop. Central Abu Dhabi and the Louvre are around a 90-minute drive from this location.
If you’d prefer to stay in an Abu Dhabi hotel, Premier Inn Abu Dhabi Capital Centre is conveniently located for many of the city’s top attractions, including Yas Island, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and Mushrif Mall. Louvre Abu Dhabi is just a 25-minute journey away. This hotel also boasts a swimming pool, Costa Coffee, an all-day restaurant and a gym.
At either of these UAE hotels, your mum will have the perfect opportunity to rest and relax, and explore all that the UAE has to offer.