Plan a family green escape

SINGAPORE 28 March 2018: Put a new spin on the traditional family vacation this year by enjoying the best of nature and the environment with Emirates’ special fare offers.

Travellers can tap special economy class and business class fares to eight destinations in the Emirates network. With economy class fares starting from SGD559 and business class fares starting from SGD2,869, earth-lovers can now go on a family trip, while flying better and enjoying great savings with Emirates.

Bookings must be made between 27 March and 8 April for travel between 3 April and 12 December 2019.

For bookings to Brisbane and destinations in Australia, they must be made by 16 April and travel is valid from 1 April through to 10 December. Porto, Emirates’ latest destination to join its network with flights starting on 2 July, is also among the featured destinations in the promotion.

Destination Economy Class Fares from (SGD) Business Class Fares from (SGD)
Brisbane 559 2,999
Dubai 649 2,869
London 949 4,889
Paris 979 4,749
Porto 979 5,299
Rome 999 4,669
Zurich 1,059 4,919
Amsterdam 1,079 4,819

Airfares are inclusive of taxes and surcharges and are subject to currency fluctuation. Blackout dates and other terms and conditions apply.

Fly Better, Together

Families travelling with Emirates can enjoy a seamless travel experience with perks both on-ground and on-board. When travelling from Dubai, travellers can complete their check-in from the comfort of their hotel, and have their luggage transported to the airport prior to their flight. Families can also skip the queue and head straight for the dedicated family check-in desks at Dubai International Airport. Families with young children will have priority boarding, for a seamless on-boarding experience. Complimentary Emirates strollers are also available at the airport. As a bonus, families with infants or babies are also entitled to carry extra checked baggage and hand luggage.

Emirates rounds up some of the best eco-friendly activities for families looking to embark on a low-impact and sustainable holiday to some of the featured destinations:

Nature’s Escape

Dubai sand dunes. (Photo Credit – Juliana Malta – Unsplash)


Beyond the glistening skyscrapers and stunning beaches in the metropolis, the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR) is a shining beacon of how conservation efforts can lead to big successes. Learn about the biodiversity, conservation and spot rare animal sightings as a family. Book a Nature Safari with Arabian Adventures for a leisurely drive through DDCR for a chance to see Arabian wildlife and learn about sustainability and conservation efforts.

Travelling to Dubai gets even more seamless for families with free or discounted Uber rides to and from Dubai International Airport. Emirates Economy Flex Plus and Emirates Economy Flex passengers travelling from Singapore to Dubai can redeem the exclusive offer by visiting the Emirates website during the promotional period. Economy Flex Plus travellers can enjoy two free rides from and to Dubai International Airport from anywhere in Dubai up to the value of SGD44 per trip, while Economy Flex passengers will get 50% off two rides, from and to Dubai International Airport to anywhere in Dubai up to the value of SGD22 per trip.


Diving Great Barrier Reef. (Photo Credit – Fezbot2000 – Unsplash)

Standing out as a bright spot in ecotourism is the Great Barrier Reef and its diverse marine life. The southernmost coral cay of the Reef, Lady Eliot Island is an ideal spot for families to snorkel, dive, or even take a glass bottomed boat ride with majestic manta rays and turtles. Eco-resorts on the island even have a Junior Reef Ranger programme, empowering children aged 5-12 years through both indoor and outdoor conservation and educational activities.

Dolphin lovers can also make a trip to Tin Can Bay, which is home to the wild Australian Humpback dolphins. The best way to interact with these beautiful mammals can be found at the Barnacles Dolphin Centre, which hosts viewing and feeding sessions every morning.


Bird Reserves (Photo Credit – Photostockeditor – Unsplash)

Walthamstow Wetlands, tucked away in North London is a tranquil landmark offering families an opportunity to explore and connect with nature. Spanning across 10 large reservoirs and home to a bird reserve, Walthamstow Wetlands also offers outdoor learning spaces, art exhibitions and a fly-fishing experience.

Families with older kids can learn the art of paddling while doing good, by taking part in London’s Paddle & Pick campaign and join recreational paddlers on canoes, paddleboards and kayaks to fight against waste pollution in London’s waterways.


Better known as an urban metropolis, families will be surprised to find many scenic nature spots perfect for excursions. Visit and observe up to 16 native and formerly native animals of Zurich like deers, lynx, wildcat and marmot at the Zurich Wilderness Park, the first nature experience park in Switzerland that offers a combination of forest, wilderness and animals.

Those with green thumbs can head over to the University of Zurich, famous for its dome-shaped greenhouses. Private tours can be arranged to tour the garden, greenhouses and learn more about the 7,000 different plant species in the vicinity.

Travelling Light


Louvre (Photo credit – Daniele D’Andreti – Unsplash)

Explore every nook and cranny of Paris as a family on a bicycle – a low-carbon and eco-friendly mode of transport that allows you to get off the beaten track and discover hidden gems. From café-hops to scenic landmarks, Paris offers a plethora of activities perfect for the family.

Thereafter, visit Marche bio des Batignolles, an organic greenmarket and local favourite for fresh produce for a well-deserved break. For eco-friendly items to bring home, pay a visit to Altermundi, a clothing and personal item store which also provides employment for disadvantaged and marginalized people.


Porto (Photo Credit – Mahkeo – Unsplash)

With alleys and plazas adorned with Romanesque, Gothic and Neo-Classical architectures, Porto’s charm will leave your family in awe as you enjoy your time along the world famous Douro River. If you plan on staying in the Douro Valley, the Monverde Hotel offers a wonderful vineyard experience together with local wildlife activities in a breathtaking environment.

While full of history and classified by UNESCO as a Cultural Heritage site, Porto also features modern marvels like the Dom Luis I Bridge, engineered by a partner of Gustave Eiffel, of Eiffel Tower fame. Play your part for the environment by exploring Porto on a walking tour – one of the best ways to discover both the modern and historic urban sights and sounds of the city.

Beginning 2 July 2019, Emirates will fly four times weekly from Dubai to Porto. As Emirates’ second destination in Portugal, the new service is reflective of the growth in the number of visitors to Portugal, and provides travellers with more choice, flexibility and connectivity.


Amsterdam (Photo Credit – Jace & Afsoon – Unsplash)

The World’s Cycling Capital has over 400 km of cycle paths through its city centre, periphery and suburbs, making the bicycle the perfect mode of transport in Amsterdam. The city’s relatively flat terrain makes it a joy even for the little ones to cycle around. Make your tour around the city an active one as you explore Dutch food and historic monuments with a local cycling guide.

Local store Het Faire Oosten is an eclectic boutique offering with local products and fair trade options, letting your family have their pick from a wide variety of unique gifts, fashion items, homeware and food. To experience sustainable living, consider a stay at the Hotel QO, constructed from one-third recycled concrete and featuring rooftop greenhouses and smart technology.


Family travellers who wish to discover the full extent of Ancient and Baroque Rome should definitely try out the walking tours to get the best feel for the uneven charm of Rome’s cobblestones. Located in the Valle dei Casali, a protected nature reserve, families can also opt to stay at the EcoHotel Roma, which has made environmentally friendly and sustainable practices a daily mantra.

Take a family bike ride to the Via Appia Antica and discover small ruins amidst the lofty pine trees and green plains. The Regional Park of the Appia Antica, which is a nature and archaeological park filled with historic monuments, spans a massive 3,400 hectares and connects Ancient Rome to Modern Rome. Located nearby are ancient catacombs and crypts, older kids might find it wonderfully spooky.