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Dreaming of Dubai

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I’m not going to lie i’ve been dreaming a lot recently about holidays. Mainly because we haven’t been on a ‘proper’ family holiday for almost five years this year.

By a proper holiday I mean away with my family, preferably somewhere abroad, somewhere hot, somewhere where we can relax and spend time as a family.

Before we moved back home we sacrificed abroad holidays to come back to visit friends and family. Some people would class that as a holiday, but we classed it as popping home for a visit. We didn’t get to relax because we were running here there and everywhere trying to meet as many friends and family as possible before we left again.

The last proper holiday was our trip to Orlando, Florida back in November 2011. So to me an it’s ages ago. There’s nothing more I would love right now to have a countdown to a family holiday, something to look forward, especially for the children. We’ve never taken C abroad on a holiday and i’m so keen for him to experience one.

I’ve been lucky enough in the past to have visited many places on holiday but the one place i’ve never visited is Dubai.

When I think of Dubai I think of golden sandy beaches, sunshine, luxury shopping and of course their iconic buildings and architecture.

Having found out more about Dubai I have since realised there is lots more Dubai has to offer and there are some definite things I would like to do if ever I was lucky enough to visit.

 

Beaches.

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As I mention above Dubai is known for it’s beautiful sandy beaches and gorgeous shine. We’re lucky enough to live by the beach here in the South Coast of England and we visit the beach most weekends in the Summer. C absolutely adores it there and so does L come to think of it. We pack up a picnic and all the bucket and spades and will often spend hours down there.

Dubai have a number of beaches each unique to themselves with what they offer. I would quite like to visit Sunset Beach and have a selfie in front of Dubai’s most iconic hotel, or hang out on JBR Beach and have a burger whilst sat on the sand.

 

Price – £0.00 

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

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Being a family of 4 with two very different age gaps we have to try and find activities that will suit both age groups. A visit to Dubai’s Aquarium & Underwater Zoo would be the perfect place to visit. Being one of the worlds largest tanks at 10 million litres (WOW) home to over 33,000 aquatic animals and the largest collection of sand tiger sharks. This would be amazing to visit.

They even have a glass-bottom boat tour & a snorkelling cage where you can wear an oxgyen tank and actually swim the sharks – how cool would that be?

Price starts from £22.22

The Dubai Water Fountain Show

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Music is a big part of our family. Mr S used to be in a band & he still enjoys playing the Guitar. My Grandad was passionate about music too, especially musicals and classical music. So to be able to sit and watch water dance to music located at the base of the Burj Khalifa, with jets with up to 22,000 gallons of water and as going as high as 150 metres in the air would be pretty magical I think. They host the worlds largest choreographed fountain system.

The Dubai Fountain was awarded with the “Certificate of Excellence 2015 Winner” on TripAdvisor (information taken from here)

Price – £12.03 per person

Visit The Penguins at Ski Dubai

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L’s favourite is Penguins, so to be able to take them both to meet some at Ski Dubai would be a dream come true for her I think. How strange would it be in a Country baking in sunshine one minute to visiting Penguins with ice and snow the next.

Prices start from £32.41 per person

Dubai Creek

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What better way to explore Dubai and tour the sights than in a boat called a ‘dhows’. Sitting back and relaxing, learning about Dubai with a tour guide sounds like a pretty good way to spend the day if you ask me.

Prices start from £25.59

I really hope to be able to visit Dubai one day. Have you ever been? What was your favourite part of your holiday? If you haven’t then check out visit Dubai for lots more tips and ideas on what you can do if you go.

This post is an entry in to the Tots100/Dubai Dreams blogger challenge. If you’re a blogger and want to enter then head over to see how you can.

10 Comments

  1. Loads of watery fun and some are free! A real bonus when you are on holiday with kids. This is a really unique destination for some fab times and a perfect place to make some special memories. Good luck 🙂

  2. I hope you manage a family holiday this year. Life is so busy it’s good to get a chance to spend time together, making memories you would cherish forever. That’s what I would do in Dubai, along with My top 5 list:
    1) Dolphin Bay – it is well known that these animals are amazing, and an encounter with them would be an experience that my family would remember forever. I love the variety of options available, so adrenalin junkies can scuba dive and young or reluctant visitors can meet the dolphins from shallow water.
    2) Mattel Play World – my children love soft play, but Dubai takes even this to a different level. They have education play centres that are so much fun the children won’t even realise they are learning. With lots of character themed adventures, like Thomas, and Bob the Builder, my kids would love to do this as an indoor retreat.
    3) The food. We are a family that likes eating, though admittedly my children can be a little fussy. Dubai has lots of buffets which are a perfect way to please everyone, and we would love to experience one.
    4) Dubai Fountains – oh my gosh, how mesmerising would this be. My children are also chatterboxes, but I reckon this display of water dancing to music would leave them speechless.
    5) A desert safari – to take my children to visit a Bedouin camp would be a really age appropriate way for them to learn a bit more about the history and culture of Dubai.

    Dubai really is the kind of place that would forever etch itself in your memory. The luxury, the culture, the sights and the sounds. The fabulous architecture alongside the miracle of nature. I get goosebumps just thinking about visiting.

    Best of luck with your entry.

  3. Rebecca Beesley Reply

    those fountains sound amazing…For us The foodie side of things would really appeal to us in Dubai…Al Mahara restaurant would be a must for us as a foodie family who has had so many foodie adventures including Noma and meeting Mary Berry, this would be the ultimate icing on the cake. Dubai seems to have the perfect recipe for a family holiday…A good spoonful of food, culture and history, a big scoop of fun, family and adventure, a drizzle of adrenalin, a large cup of architecture and a sprinkling of magic to make the perfect family holiday!

  4. Bernadette Cooke Reply

    I would love to take my grandsons on a Dream Trip to Dubai – a clean, safe, family-friendly holiday destination, with plenty of activities to choose from for any age range. As well as relaxing on the beautiful golden sand of JBR Beach with its warm, calm and shallow waters we would all enjoy a dune-bashing safari followed by a camel ride and BBQ dinner in a Bedouin desert camp.

    We would visit the Dubai Museum in the Al Fahidi Fort to learn about life from a bygone era as a contrast to the amazing architecture of the modern city which we could view from the front or rear carriages of the driverless Dubai Metro system and then take it all in from the At The Top observation deck of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.

    The free and impressive Dubai Fountain water, light and music show can be watched from one of many waterfront cafes just outside the Dubai Mall. The malls in Dubai have many family attractions to choose from. The boys could try ice-skating, helped by the ‘penguin pals’, visit the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo and also see the giant 155 million year old dinosaur skeleton (DubaiDino), all in the Dubai Mall.

    The boys love theme parks and this summer Dubai will open the world’s largest indoor theme park – IMG Worlds of Adventure with four themed zones inside including Marvel, Cartoon Network, Lost Valley – Dinosaur Adventure and IMG Boulevard. This will be completely enclosed and temperature-controlled with 1.5 million square feet of entertainment space!

    Our only problem will be going home with so much more left for us to see and do in beautiful Dubai

  5. I would love to sit on those beaches, watching the world go by or visit the waterparks at the Atlantis. Good luck with the competition 🙂 I think its high time you got to enjoy a holiday.xx

  6. I love Dubai but I want to share that with the little people in my life too. We’d watch the amazing fountains, go to the beach, swim with dolphins, head to a waterpark and ride a camel – bliss!

    Good luck!

  7. The more I see the fountain, the more I want to go and the more I read these posts the more I love Dubai – and I thought I really wanted to go there before! Good luck with your entry x

  8. Dubai has been at the top of my bucket list for many years now and reading you post has made me want to visit so much more!

    Souks, skyscrapers, sand and sea, Dubai really has something for all the family and the possibility of visiting this incredible city is making me super excited.

    I’d love the opportunity to win our perfect family holiday in Dubai; a holiday for the four of us, that combines unlimited opportunities for fun and adventure. We’d be able to

    escape the ‘day to day’, making memories and recharging our batteries. And it would give us the chance to simply spend our days together as a family, enjoying each other’s company before Jack starts school in September.

    There are so many amazing adventures we’d like to experience, but our top 3 would have to be:

    1// A day of aquatic fun at Atlantis’ Aquaventure Waterpark to cool off in the Dubai heat. Aquaventure caters for all the family with its record-breaking rides and slides for thrill seekers and the Splashers’ Children’s Play Area, which is a haven for little ones with water cannons, slides and climbing frames.

    2 // A once-in-a-lifetime experience at Dolphin Bay. As there’s no age limit, we could enjoy this amazing experience as a family and I can only imagine the joy on the children’s faces when they get up close to these amazing creatures!

    3 // Experience the heady heights of Burj Khalifa. We couldn’t visit Dubai without venturing up the tallest building in the World, and although I’m afraid of heights, I’d still feel compelled to visit the observation deck on the 148th floor. As long as I don’t stand too close to the edge, nor look vertically down, I think I’d actually enjoy it.

    I’m now off to spend the day daydreaming about Dubai and all it has to offer…

    Best of luck with your entry! X

  9. Good luck with your entry; the more I read about Dubai the more I am excited for the adventures that we could have as a family there. It would truly be a once in a lifetime holiday I think. We’d love to do a lot of the things you’ve mentioned in your post (the fountain especially looks amazing!) plus a visit to the souks (the writer in me is dying to get in there and absorb the atmosphere and the Instagrammer in me can just imagine the vibrancy of the colours) as well as a visit to the turtle rehabilitation centre for my daughter who wants to be a marine biologist when she grows up. But really, the list could just go on and on couldn’t it? I’m fairly confident that if we were lucky enough to go we’d fall head over heels and probably never want to leave again!

  10. There are so many things that I would love to do in Dubai. We have visited but couldn’t fir everything in! We saw the fountains at lunch time but I imagine in the dark they are even more magical. I would love to visit Dubai Creek and visit the souks – especially the spice one. One thing that I would make sure I did was go to the desert. I would love to see the rolling dunes. Maybe have a go at sand boarding on them. Then a camel safari followed by a meal under the stars. A dream holiday in Dubai.

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