Some holiday destinations simply scream ‘family’, whereas others just don’t seem the right fit for those of you with your own little clan to consider.
Until recently, you’d be forgiven for having deemed Dubai – the glamorous playground of the United Arab Emirates – as infant incompatible or inapt for adolescents. Maybe you’ve vowed to get there sometime soon, well if you do you’ll want to know what to see and where to go in Dubai for families.
Well, the great news is that while Dubai still amazes with its sci-fi, Manhattanesque skyline, and its palm-shaped islands; still astounds with its majestic fountains; and tightly guards the key to shopping ecstasy, this chic city has come over all broody, with family-friendly fun high on the agenda.
Where to go in Dubai for families
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RCI has been helping its member families to get away from the cares of the work-a-day world for more than 40 years. With 4,500 resorts in more than 100 countries, RCI offers the widest choice of holiday experiences of any holiday exchange company. From the fun in the sun, sea and sand break to a getaway in a mountain retreat, or a relaxing lakeside hideaway, there is a holiday option to suit everyone in RCI’s exchange holiday network.
Also, as part of the leading international hospitality group, Wyndham Worldwide, RCI is able to give its members access to properties of much-loved brands such as James Villa Holidays, Hoseasons and cottages4you. If you and your family love your holidays and want to indulge in a leisure lifestyle while away, enjoying spacious, home from home accommodation in prime locations, RCI is the answer. Quality, choice and value underpin the RCI holiday experience and, combined with great flexibility in holiday planning, you are in control of getting the best out of your precious holiday time away and your timeshare ownership.
Despite being the largest exchange holiday company, RCI maintains its family values, putting its timeshare-owning members at the heart of everything it does. More than 1,350 RCI Guides ensure members get the service and holidays they deserve – and we think they deserve the best. Read More
There may not be as much shared ownership information online as you might expect, but alongside this site, there are plenty of places where you can find useful information and tips to help you make the most of your ownership.
Shared Ownership Consumer Associations
TATOC (The Timeshare Association) is the consumer association for timeshare in Europe. The organisation has a helpline timeshare owners and non-owners can call for advice or to report cold callers: 0845 230 2430 UK, or 0044 1612373518 Internationally.
TATOC publishes Sharetime Magazine four times a year with consumer updates, tips and advise for making the most of your shared ownership.
Shared Ownership Blogs and Websites
Whether its fractional property, jets or handbags you’ll find news on upscale shared ownership options on Fractional Life.
Trade group the Resort Development Organisation publishes Go Timeshare with news and updates on shared ownership.
Keep up to date on bogus callers, discount holiday clubs and more by following the Mind Timeshare blog.
The Timeshare Lord is run by Worldwide Timeshare Hypermarket’s Phil Watson with news and views on the industry and general travel.
Lisa Ann Schrier is founder of consulting firm Timeshare Insights, an author of Timeshare Vacations for Dummies and runs The Timeshare Crusader blog.
The Timeshare Examiner is Examiner’s timeshare, fractional and private residence club blog written by Mark Silverman, host of “Talking Timeshare” on RadioSlot.com and KSAV.org.
The RCI Blog is a fun and informal place to discover RCI exchange holiday news, helpful tips and great holiday stories – many from RCI members.
Shared Ownership Apps
Interval International has an app for iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry allowing members to search its resort directory, map resort location and surrounding area and locate nearby resorts via GPS.
RCI’s app is on iPhone, iPad Android and Blackberry allowing members to view the resort directory, receive news alerts from RCI and capture and share photos and videos.