Summer in Dubai is traditionally a time when many mums pack their suitcases and take the kids off to cooler climes. But if you’re looking for a change, how about jetting off on a family-friendly adventure they’ll never forget? This year, the Dubai-based, women-only travel agency, The World At Her Feet, is launching its first ever trip that’s aimed squarely at mums and their kids. Even better, mums only pay for themselves, with a child up to the age of 17 going along free of charge.
Their first kid-friendly tour, the Eastern Promise Package, jets mums and kids off to discover the delights of Singapore, with everything except the flights taken care of. Mums and up to two kids stay for five days and four nights on the island, and there’s a whole itinerary laid on to ensure it’s a trip of a lifetime.
Get closer to nature at Singapore Zoo, which is home to over 2,500 animals from nearly 320 different species (more than a third of which are endangered), and is known across the world for its innovative conservation policy and breeding programmes. Go on a Night Safari, and discover big cats from the African plains or catch the famous Creatures of the Night show. Check out the feathered inhabitants at Jurong Bird Park (there’s everything from penguins to falcons), or go on a voyage to the bottom of the sea at Underwater World.
The trip also includes a full day at Universal Studios, sure to be a hit with kids of all ages (whether they’re after the thrills of two of the world’s largest roller coasters, Human Vs Cyclon, or letting their imaginations run wild at the Far Far Away Castle from Shrek).
‘The concept is very simple – today’s woman really loves to travel, travels for work, and has the money and independence to do so. But for those who don’t want to do it alone, we take care of every detail. You just pack your bags and you’re off,’ explains Paulomi Bhatt, founder of The World At Her Feet, which has already taken its members to exotic locations such as the Great Wall of China and Bali. The group already has nearly 3,500 members on Facebook, and is fast gaining popularity in a region where traditionally women are less inclined to travel alone.
For the mother and child trip, it was about spotting a unique gap in the summer travel market, Paulomi explains. ‘More often than not mums have their vacation with the family, but then there’s a whole summer ahead when husbands are working, when most people just tend to go back home as it’s the easiest option. For our summer tour, we’ve made the itinerary incredibly child friendly, but have also taken the pressure off the mums.’
To find out more, log on to www.theworldatherfeet.com. Far Eastern Summer package is open for bookings until June 20 – valid for travel through July and August. Dhs4,800 net (rates include one adult, one child – for second child supplementary charges apply). Flights not included.