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Friday, 20 May 2016

Our DREAM trip to Dubai

With temperatures averaging 36 degrees in August, our dream trip to Dubai would definitely revolve around water & keeping cool. Harry (9) has only just learned to swim this year and his sister Heidi (7) isn't far behind him. Where better to put their new-found confidence in the water to the test than Dubai - a city that is home to some of the best waterparks in the world. So without further ado, here's why we would love to experience a Water-fuelled adventure in the desert:-

Our Dream Water-themed Dubai Adventure

Our Dream Water-fuelled Dubai Adventure


We'd love to begin with a trip to Aqua Venture Water Park,
Where we could all go on safari with a real life shark.
Mum would relax in a private Cabana watching the kids ride a flume,
Whilst dad would act all brave and attempt The Tower of Neptune.

Our adventure continues with the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo,
Where we'd walk through a tunnel where everything is blue.
We'll spot a giant squid and our eyes will lock,
So we'll quietly tiptoe past the 2.4 metre Croc.

We'd spend a full day at Marina Beach (dad is happy as it's FREE),
But there's still lots to do and even more things to see.
The play park and white sands would keep the kids entertained,
Whilst the grown ups would take in the views for which Dubai is famed.

As a food-loving family, we'd head to the Seafood Market for dinner,
With fresh lobster on the menu, we're onto a winner.
The kids would be happy with their Japanese-syle noodle dish,
Who knows they may even be tempted to try a new type of fish.

Our trip of a lifetime would end with the Dubai Fountains at night,
We'd take our seats on the lake ride to take in the sight.
Lights, music and dancing, it's something we'd remember forever,
Before leaving downtown Dubai and heading back to the gloomy British weather.

Our Dream Water-themed Dubai Adventure


This post is an entry in the Tots100/Dubai Dreams blogger challenge. I have my fingers crossed we will be selected as lucky winners and be invited to indulge in our dream holiday to Dubai. 

STOP PRESS - YOU COULD WIN A DREAM TRIP TO DUBAI TOO


Dubai Tourism are going to select their favourite reader comment from their winning blog to win a family holiday to Dubai. So get commenting and let me know what you'd like to do in Dubai with your family.  Fingers crossed we both win! Full details here.

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  1. Oh Sam, I love, love your entry. What a fantastic combination of ideas and I totally agree all of these experiences would be amazing. I'm about to eat my tea, don't think its going to compare to the gorgeous meal described by you! Good luck lovely xx

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    1. I wish I was having lobster tonight.....but no, I'll have to make do with Pitta Pizzas :D

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  2. I think I have to agree with 'Dad' sometimes the best things in life are free and the Marina Beach sounds perfect x

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    1. Totally agree and who doesn't love the beach :D

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  3. I have been to Dubai once but not been with the children before. Even back then without children I thought how safe Dubai seemed and that it seemed like a wonderful destination for a family holiday. The fountains are spectacular and it is so amazing that they can be seen from space. I could watch them over and over again, simply stunning.

    Good luck with your entry x

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    1. Wow I did not know the fountains could be seen from space! Amazing!

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  4. Sam I think I would be so excited about the Dubai Fountains and I know the boys would so want to see the giant squid, in fact I am curious to see exactly how big he/she is? Although I would be avoiding that croc, seriously this is my biggest phobia I have no idea why but I have bad dreams of them, they boys are always changing my screensaver to a croc or opening on the internet and leaving on to freak me out! They would love to see it though, and the penguins at Ski Dubai, ooh and the fresh lobster, wow fresh lobster is incredible, once you have had it fresh from the sea nothing else ever compares, I could go on, I get so giddy about all Dubai has to offer, good luck my lovely xx

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    1. What are kids like? My three are the same - I have a fear of mazes and they always wind me up about it!

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  5. Love your poem! I used the younger boys as an excuse not to do The Tower of Neptune when we went. I am not sure they would let me use that excuse again! We had the best food when we were in Dubai. I would love to see the fountains at night - especially from a boat. That would be an amazing experience. Good Luck x

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    1. Thank you Louise - I think the thing with the Tower of Neptune is, although it may be scary, you only live once! It's good to hear you love Dubai :D

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    2. Ok, if I go back, I will do it x

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  6. What a great entry, I love that you wrote a poem.
    Dubai certainly does look like a dream destination. Having done my own research, and having read through everyone elses entry, I am amazed at the variety and quality of the activities available.
    I would love to take my kids to see the dolphins, and to go and visit a Bedouin camp.
    And even though my children are young, between the water parks and the indoor play centres available, we certainly would never be stuck for ways to keep them out of the midday sun.
    This would be a real holiday - a very different world to our everyday, and somewhere to make memories that would last a lifetime.

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    1. Ah I'm pleased you like my poem :-)

      I haven't heard about Bedouin camp so off to look it up now.

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  7. Love your blog post. Dubai is such a unique location - it deserves its own poem! So many happy family memories just waiting to happen. Good luck :)

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    1. Thank you Sharon - I wonder how many poems have been written about Dubai over the years :D

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  8. I think our family would love to spend time in the water in that sort of heat. I can imagine it would be bliss to watch the world go past in a private cabana. Although I don't know that my hubby is brave enough for some of the water rides. Noodle dishes and fish sound like my family's idea of food heaven. I can see that Dubai really dose have something for everyone. Thanks

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    1. Every time someone mentions private cabana I swear I zone out into some sort of Dubai-themed trance :D

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  9. Great entry - good luck! I think if I ever went to Dubai I would do a sky dive, then the zip line! I'm not much of an adrenaline junkie, but when in Dubai, do the big things, right! x

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    1. Oh you really are an adrenaline junkie :D

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  10. What a lovely post, I have never been to Dubai but it does look and sound utterly amazing! Until recently it is not somewhere that I would have thought of as a family holiday destination but actually after reading all these blog posts I have realised that it is the perfect family holiday destination! The waterparks really do look and sound amazing and heaps of fun xx

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    1. These blog posts are certainly changing perceptions aren't they. I know a few people who have taken their children and they've loved it x

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  11. 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 144th 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!

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    1. Wow I love your ideas - how cool would it be travelling to deck 144 of the Burj Khalifa!

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  12. I think this is all so very true
    Dubai would be perfect - it is for me too
    Good luck with your entry and if you win
    Make room in your case, and please fit me in!

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  13. Wow the Dubai fountain looks absolutely amazing! I would love to go to Dubai just to see that yet there is so much more all in one place – it is almost too hard to imagine so I will have to go there to find out for myself 🙂 The beautiful beach beckons me, incredible concerts and entertainment, retail heaven and then relax and unwind by trying out traditional spa therapies at the hammam! The food in Dubai looks divine and I bet it is delicious. My husband would love the adventure sports, golf courses and falconry. There is something here for everyone. Dubai is my dream destination

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    1. We visited a hammam in Marrakech and it was such a lovely way to chill - could definitely imagine more of the same in Dubai :D

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  14. I love your water-themed take on a trip to Dubai, it sounds like you'd have a brilliant time. Good luck with your entry! We would also have to include a visit to a waterpark for our water babies and then a trip out to the desert I think for a horse or camel trek. The options are pretty limitless though aren't they; there really is something for everyone in Dubai.

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    1. Yes it is limitless - it was hard to stick to just 5 things!

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  15. A fantastic poem, so I will respond in rhyme,
    Dubai - both thoroughly modern and frozen in time.
    With history, culture, and adventures galore,
    There's no place on earth I'd rather visit more.

    For all in the family, a menu of delight,
    Sights to see by day, and the glories of night.
    The fountain, the dolphins, the penguins, the snow..
    beaches, and kites and spa treatments to glow.

    A foodie scene, restaurants that are totally unique,
    Something called a miracle garden, my interest's been piqued.

    Thank you for the inspiration, it's the place of my dreams,
    I hope that dreams will come true for you and for me.

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    1. I love that you replied in rhyme - thank you so much, it's made me smile :D

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  16. 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

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    1. Oh my three children would LOVE the IMG theme park - it sounds right up their street x

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  17. I can only imagine the holiday blues I would get coming back home from somewhere like Dubai!
    My dream is for me and my family to swim with Dolphins in Dubai (it makes me tear up at the thought!). I would love to do it in a much more natural setting than in a swimming pool and I have heard there are some amazing places to swim with them! I would love to visit Atlantis too as it would be a brilliant day for everyone (and I am a big kid). I also wouldn't mind chilling on the beach with my boys, building sandcastles too. Just heaven!

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    1. Ah I've swam with dolphins in the ocean before and it was truly amazing x

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  18. I took my sister to the UAE just before I got married in August and I can remember the camera lens steaming up in the heat. But what I noticed is more and more of the events and shows - especially the free ones are later in the evening. That way the kids can have a catch up snooze or quiet time in the late afternoon and enjoy what's going on in the evening! Good luck xx

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I always love reading your thoughts and comments - Sam x

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