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Thursday, 19 May 2016

Dubai for Families - Dreams Can Come True #DXBDreams

Dubai for Families - Dreams Can Come True


Dream Big little ones, reach out and grab your dreams.
The world is full of Wonder, It's bursting at the seems.
So many places beautiful places, so much to see and do.
So many Family Adventures, Waiting for Me and You!

I've been dreaming of visiting Dubai for many, many years now but in my head it's always been one of those places that's just out of my reach. When I used to think of Dubai, I imagined wealthy people with lots of money to spare and those who already lived a life of luxury. I've never really see it as a place that I could afford, but that was until recently.

My dreams of Dubai are getting closer. So close in fact that I've moved Cape Verdi (the place I've always dreamed of going to) off the top spot to number two on my list of 'Places I want to visit before I turn 40'. Cape Verdi has always been my Dubai cheaper substitute. 

I've seen several friends of mine heading off to Dubai over the past few years and have always been very envious of their amazing pictures. Some have been as couples only but more and more lately are going as family units which I am so happy to see. There is hope!

If my family were to go to Dubai, Oh how happy We would be.
When I say WE though - You do know I mean ME!
I'm sure they would be happy too although it's a Dream of mine.
Sun, Sea and Sand - All Beautiful and Sublime!


One day our dreams will be much more than just dreams.They will become reality, they WILL come true. Maybe not tomorrow or the next day but one day, some day.

When we go, (see what I did there, my if became a when) This is what we'll do:

We're going to spend a whole day at the Aquaventure Waterpark Atlantis, The Palm as my children love the water. I cannot think of anything better than an exciting day of water slides, private beaches and record breaking rides. For my younger two who are slightly braver than me there's a ride that plummets you through a tube and into a shark lagoon whilst for me there's a much calmer sounding waterway system. I've always been a fan of those lazy river type rides so this one's mine. If there's water involved, my two are more than happy.


Whilst we're already at Atlantis, The Palm our next stop would be to the amazing Dolphin Bay where our dreams of swimming with dolphins could come true. It's suitable for all ages making it the perfect treat for my nature loving family. I am so excited just thinking about this. Swimming with dolphins is something I have always wanted to do. Just Wow!

Every holiday needs a lesson in culture, we couldn't possibly go all that way and not check out how they live. A day in Al Shindagha we'd be able to learn all about Dubai's heritage at the Heritage and Diving Village which offers a fascinating insight into Dubai's pearl diving past and wider history. Their coin and stamp collections reveal much of the country's past and the Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House sounds like an amazing lesson in traditional architecture. I'm not much of a sight seer but this is somewhere I would love to go and see.

Dubai can get pretty expensive when you add all these days out so I thought I'd best find something free to do too. Apart from spending time on the beautiful beaches, the The Dubai Fountain is a must see for me. This is no ordinary fountain, oh no. The Dubai Fountain is the world’s largest choreographed fountain system which shows jets up to 22,000 gallons of water reaching as high as 150 metres in the air. They say the beams of light shining upwards from the fountain can be seen from more than 30 kilometres away. That sounds pretty amazing to me. Here in the United Kingdom we don't have anything quite like that.


Last but not least we'd have to see the view from the top (As they call it). No trip to Dubai would be complete without a visit to the top of the world’s tallest building even if I am scared of heights. I'd have to do this no matter how scared I was even if just to get some photographs of the view. I've seen other people's photos and always wanted my own.


I used the very helpful Visit Dubai website to research our dream trip.

One day my dreams of Dubai will no longer be dreams when my family and I set out on our adventure to make them come true. We're going to get a taste of that luxuries life if only for a week. Life's too short not too reach out for what you want. If you believe, you can achieve.

Disclosure: This is my entry into the Tots100/Dubai Dreams blogger challenge
Feel free to pop over and enter as one lucky family are going to win a family trip to Dubai. 

x Good Luck x

38 comments:

  1. Like you Dubai has always been high on my list of places. Undoubtedly, now that I have a family it is more expensive and more thought has to go into any travel plans. I am so happy to see that Dubai is marketing itself as a family friendly resort and is becoming much more accessible to those who wish to visit.. Like you I hope my 'if' can become a 'when' too!

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    1. Aww Mel, one day both our 'if's' will become 'when's'and our families will walk in the sun and make memories to last a lifetime x

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  2. Sounds like a wonderful holiday that you have planned! I love the camel pic and you can watch camel racing there. It's such a contrast to be heading out into a dry desert one day and splashing in a waterpark that next. That's Dubai!! Good Luck :)

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    1. Thanks Sharon, it would be an amazing trip. A once in a lifetime trip as I'd call it but yes the whole desert and sea thing is one of my faves too x

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  3. I am looking for a destination to celebrate the big birthday I have coming up this year...Dubai looks phenomenal, so maybe if I keep my fingers crossed a fairy godmother will gift me the amazing opportunity to visit there! Good luck with the competition!

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    1. Snap, my 40th is 6 years away. If I start saving now- I'll have the best birthday ever. I hope you get to visit one day too xx

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  4. I love Dubai but really want to take the children now. The fountains are out of this world and I have a thing for camels lol - love that photo of the camel you have.

    Good luck with your entry x

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    1. If I'm honest my dreams of Dubai were always about me visiting but after seeing all the wonderful family fun stuff they have I now want to take my children with me (lucky for them) x

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  5. Dubai is one of those places on my bucket list to take the children before they're too grown up and no longer want to travel with us, as you say its not really a destination that a lot of people think of but our next door Neighbours daughter lives there with her two young daughters and when she visits her mum its great to hear of her adventures, it always sounds so exciting! My two boys would LOVE to see the dolphins... i made the 'mistake' of telling my eldest (5, almost 6) that i swam with them in Florida when I was 13 and now he always asks when he can go see them. Id love to visit the Lost Chambers aquarium at The Palm too, we're a big lover of the ocean in our family and the boys will spend literally hours in aquariums if we let them.

    I would love to see the Dubai fountains, I can only imagine how mesmerising they would be! And a camel ride has already been on my bucket list... I know the boys would love that too... I can already hear their little giggles and see the smiles on their faces as they mount those amazing creatures.

    We would just love to go to Dubai and make some AMAZING family memories to treasure forever... memories are made from these amazing experiences and those experiences are something i intend to give my children for as long as possible.

    Samantha Mann

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    1. Our families sound very alike, we're all ocean lovers here. Hopefully one day we will all get to make those memories that we're dreaming of x

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  6. I have not been yet but dying to go, spent so long on the website researching my entry - kept getting distracted. Best of luck with your entry, I love the little poems throughout.

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    1. Snap, I spent hours looking through all the amazing adventures we could have. It's got me a little excited here x

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  7. Dreams are meant to come true, and your dream sounds amazing. I hadn't considered Dubai as anything other than a rich playground, but since friends have told me about their fun adventures I have realised too what a family destination Dubai could be. I would love to find out about the cultural side of Dubai and my coin and stamp mad boy would enjoy this too. Mix in sun sea and water parks and it sounds like a winning mix for my little family. Good luck with your entry.

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    1. That's exactly how I used to think of it, as a 'rich playground' < very good choice of words.
      Thank you very much for the good luck wishes, we may need it x

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  8. I love your optimistic 'when' and not 'if' :) I'm a firm believer in experiences over 'things', and it's so important to have dreams to aspire to. I thought exactly the same as you about Dubai - that it was a destination for rich people who probably didn't have kids in tow. Since reading all the posts about Dubai I'm totally set on going there one day. I think I need to add 'Dolphin Bay' to my list of things to do though - it just sounds amazing. My 4 year old would find it awe-inspiring, and that's really all we want isn't it - to see our kids happy. Good luck with your entry. :)

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    1. I'm not sure who would love swimming with dolphins more, my kids or me? But one day I dream of finding out x

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  9. It isn't scary being at the top, but it does mess with your perspective. I was expecting to see the palm, but you cant as it is too far away. However, you can see tiny little skyscrapers. Tiny skyscrapers isn't a sentence you use unless you are really high! The Beach at JBR is a great place to visit for a less expensive day too. Love the picture you have used of the camel - I would love to go back and do a dessert safari.

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    1. Eeek just the thought of being so high terrifies me but if I won this holiday I would have to face my fears and go up to the top just because I can x

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  10. Dubai looks simply amazing. So much to do, so many different worlds all wrapped up in one gorgeous place. Looking at what Dubai has to offer, I've been really impressed by the range of family-friendly options - theme parks, indoor fun sessions, skate parks - as well as sports, stunning beaches, and entertainment.

    What I hadn't realised was how much variety there is in Dubai in terms of food and culture. Our son is a huge foodie, despite being only 10, and would love visiting some of the restaurants and tasting the new flavours.

    As a family we would love to be able to visit Dubai, and experience just a taste of what is on offer. Our elder son loves nature, so would enjoy the different wildlife on show. And dad... well, quad-biking in the sand dunes would suit him perfectly. As for mum... of course Dubai is a shopper's paradise! And I'm sure we would all enjoy a tour of historic Dubai, as well as the many museums. There truly is something for everyone.

    The hardest part will be choosing what to do. It really does seem that Dubai has it all, a wealth of opportunities to explore and experience.

    Dubai really is the city of possibilities and I want to 'Discover All That’s Possible In Dubai'.

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    1. Dubai really does sound like it has it all, I think that's what makes it so appealing now. It's a place where magic happens - move over Disney Land 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. Aw, thank you for the good luck wishes. I wish you all the luck in the world too. Dreams are made to keep us going but dreams are also made to come true (hopefully) x

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  12. It really does look like an amazing place, doesn't it? The more I read through the posts, the more I would like to go! We would definitely be up for the waterparks and we would also love a desert safari. Good luck with your entry :) x

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    1. I agree, reading through the posts has made me want to go all the more. I've been looking at holiday prices but may have to start saving now for next year x

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  13. Goodness, just thinking about it, I would LOVE to go to Dubai!
    1. Miracle Garden. I saw it on Gardener’s World I think and it made a huge impression. (As an aside, that was me tweeting Monty Don about any chance of a programme on Islamic Gardening a few days ago.) Grand scale concept gardening against the odds for me and in your face whackiness for the kids.
    2. Dubai Conservation Reserve. A 4 by 4 safari in an exotic natural environment, which my kids would LOVE.
    3. Atlantis water park. I have never been in a water park when it was warm enough for it to be actually a pleasure, but I guess that would be pretty much guaranteed in Dubai!

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    1. Haha yes I know that feeling, we went to a water park here in the UK but it wasn't quite the same. I was so cold I didn't really enjoy it but I bet it's much warmer and more enjoyable in Dubai x

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  14. 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. I think Dubai is a lot of people's dream destination this year which is great. Dubai is so beautiful, it would be a real waste for the rest of the world not to experience it x

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  15. It sounds like you have the most amazing itinerary lined up, good luck with your entry. For us we would have to take in the Souks and the water parks as well, plus something with a little bit of history for me. I'm also often envious of people posting photos and would love to join that club!!

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    1. The water parks are very popular, but with all that lovely hot weather - why not x

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  16. I love your positive thinking. Yes 'when' you go I am sure you will have a most amazing time. Swimming with dolphins would be a dream come true for me too so I am going to have some positive thinking and say that I am looking forward to the day that I get to swim with Dolphins in Dubai!

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    1. Yay, Positive Thinking rocks! It looks like we're all going to Dubai some day x

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  17. 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. Ooh I didn't know about that but doesn't it sound amazing!
      My little man would love that - he's a huge Marvel fan x

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  18. I had NO idea there were just so many things to do in Dubai and yet I already thought it was paradise!
    My two boys have been on at us for years to go but it's a lot of dosh to get there! However, the value for money is fantastic and so many free activities once you are there. This really is the stuff that family dreams are made of!Good luck with the competition!

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    1. Aw Thank you for the good luck Amanda, we're trying to think positive but I think we might need it with so many amazing entries. Dubai has always been my dream but now I'm so glad to say that it's my families dream too x

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  19. Your itinerary looks great!

    There is just so much to see and do though, I think I would need to plan a family holiday, a girls holiday, a holiday with my partner and then a trip by myself!

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    1. Haha, now that sounds like a plan - I was thinking the same. I'd want two trips, one with the kids and another without to get over the one with them x

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