Eating at your hotel can work out expensive, especially if you have a whole family to feed. But fear not: Dubai's restaurants are very family friendly, with myriad options for good value, great quality fare.
WITH LITTLE ONES
A gastro pub in a reside
ntial community The Lakes, Reform Social & Grill (+971 4 454 2638) offers up a kids' menu full of choice (from baby bowls through to three types of pasta) and lots of outdoor space in which to play.
Parents of unicorn-obsessed kids can sate their appetites at Unicorn Vibes (+971 50 555 0352) in Wasl Vita mall which, colourful cupcakes aside, offers dishes like pink pasta and pink acai bowls. You get the idea.
For creative types, Café Ceramique (+971 4 344 733 at Town Centre Mall invites kids to paint their own ceramics, while good quality staples like mac and cheese and pizza are served alongside.
WITH BIGGER ONES
From NYC comes Black Tap, at Jumeirah Al Naseem (+971 4 422 9904), Rixos Premium JBR (+971 4 399 9076), and Dubai Festival City (+971 4 288 3040). It's famed for its all-American beef burgers and monster milkshakes piled high with sweet toppings, like a whole slice of sickly sweet cake. The subsequent sugar rush comes as standard.
If you don't mind getting your hands dirty while teasing the sweet meat from your crab, Claw BBQ (+971 4 432 2300) in Souk Al Bahar is lots of fun. Arrive early in the evening to enjoy the view of The Dubai Fountain on your way out.