Dreaming of Dubai – The adventures we would love!
The call for prayers resound through the streets, the smell from the sacks of spices in the souks enchant the senses, intricate buildings from a time passed juxtaposed alongside some of the most futuristic buildings, you know you are in for an adventure of a lifetime. For me Dubai is a destination which ticks all the boxes, with year-round sunshine, stunning beaches, breathtaking deserts, luxurious hotels and shopping malls (with every imaginable name and brand), fascinating heritage and most importantly, activities which suit every type of traveller and budget.
I started my blog as I love sharing the best of travel from all across the globe and really showcase what destinations are like when you are there travelling and where possible help to change people’s misconceptions of destinations. We have had wonderful adventures in the Emirates and are eager to have the opportunity to enjoy these with our little adventurers, yet so many travellers have preconceptions of the country. I love to really show what we thought of Dubai and show that Dubai is a fabulous destination for a memorable holiday!
When we were asked by Tots 100 what our #DXBDreams would be and what our activities would we like to try, the little adventurers and I put our head together and made the following video.
Dubai is as Maya said, literally jam-packed with activities for every budget, type, age of traveller and thats one of the things I loved about the country. So here’s why we chose the activities we did!
Dubai From the Air!
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To really appreciate anywhere in the world, a bird eye view will truly leave a last impression on you!
So for our aerospace mad, engineering Doc, only the latest and coolest way of exploring Dubai from the sky would suffice. Most people choose to Sky Dive or hot balloon but we like to do things a little differently. These Gyrocopters look an amazing way to really take the sites and being in totally awe of the majesty that seeing the tallest building in the world, Palm Island, Atlantis. Not only would Doc enjoy the experience but being in a copter and learning how it works would be just as much part of the experience.
Dubai from the Water!
Maya loves to get up close and play with animals and dolphins have been top of her list for so long. On the other hand she’s a real adrenaline junkie, always the first to queue and get on anything she is tall enough too. I love that she gets the best of both worlds with the Dolphin Bay, as this also includes entry into Aquaventure. She would get have the chance to really get hands on with an animal she is enchanted by and then couple it with some of the fastest water rides in the world. I love Aquaventure as even the youngest of little adventurers can have a go, with the awesome lazy river, what a great way to relax and take in the sight and sounds of an adventure. The water slides are all amazing, unique and will get your heart racing and legs trembling!
Whilst at Aquaventure, the perfect way to end a magical day would be to visit the Cold Stone Creamery, it is no additional cost, just pay for what ice creams you buy. Not only will the children have the chance to make their own ice cream, they can watch the ice cream throwing antics of the staff (think of the ice cream version of cocktail bar waiters, I know how cool right?) and its definitely the only way to eat ice cream!
The Turtle Rehabilitation Centre
One perception of Dubai is that it is really expensive but there is so many free activities that you will be amazed what is on offer, and I love that these are still world class activities, just super affordable. One thing I am really keen on, is raising our little adventurers to try and help and contribute to the well being of our planet. I love the Rehabilitation Centre and all the work they do, for visitors they are able to see the turtles at the Madinat hotel. On Wednesday at 11, visitors are also given the opportunity to feed the turtles, they also allow children to get involved. I think its a fantastic activity to enjoy and best of all it is free! One thing I would love to experience, would be the release of the turtles who have been nursed back to full health back out into the sea. Just today, they released 100 critically endagnered turtles back to the sea. Its for experiences like this I travel and this would be an amazing thing for children to see first hand, and shows with love and care, things can be restored back to health!
If you do visit, a wonder around the Madinat hotel is definitely worth a few hours, it is a stunning hotel which pays real homage to Dubai’s heritage and the boats are an amazing way to see the grounds!
Dubai from Earth
The sand dunes of Dubai need little introduction. Whereas most people love to see and explore them, they often do these on a jeep whilst dune bashing. However, we love to get our little adventurers to get hands on when they can. My kids, especially Zayn love sledging, with no sign of snow, we decided to try dune sledging instead but the UK sand dunes just didn’t compare. However, the sand dunes in the Dubai desert would be amazing and these sand boarding / sand sledging activities would be right up our little adventurers street. I can already imagine them running up the dunes having a try at this, with no fear or reluctance (or even noticing the heat!). What an amazing way to create memories and they would be one of very few children who have had the chance to try this in the amazing desert.
Taking a break in Dubai
Yoga at night
Dubai can be very full on, and travelling with children certainly is! I am always busy with my little adventurers (or family, or scouts) and get very little opportunity to take time out for activities for myself, especially on our travels. My little adventurers and Doc, tasked themselves for the last activity to find an activity that they would love for me to try to get some “me time” if we were in Dubai. Every night, for the last week, they have been scouring the internet for an activity they think I would love. They came back with the idea of Yoga at night on the beach in front of the Burj Khalifa I love the look at yoga at night and think it would be an incredible experience, a chance to have some me time, a bit of a break and to destress. If that all didn’t sound wonderful enough, to have the chance to do it in such beautiful surroundings would make it an unforgettable travel experience.
This is our entry into the Tots100/Visit Dubai #DXBDreams blogger challenge to have a chance to win a holiday of a lifetime!
But that’s not all… there’s a chance for you to win a holiday too!!
If my entry is chosen as the winner, Dubai Tourism will select the best reader comment on what they would love to do in Dubai from those left on my blog post. The reader will then win a family holiday of their own! So get commenting too stand a chance 🙂