Why I Want to Win A Family Trip to Dubai, and You Could Too!

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EDIT: THE COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED

Hello, hello. Have you been enjoying the sunshine over the last few weeks? It sure has got me thinking about summer, and how I am going to fill those long lazy months. Personally I love a holiday. A holiday to me is an experience which offers a respite from my usual routine. A time to forget about the dishes and the messy toy box, and just enjoy life with the people I cherish most. Of  course now that I have young children I have to make sure that I have really done my research before booking a holiday. And I have been researching a family trip to Dubai. I know; it’s perhaps not the traditional choice, but I am convinced that Dubai could be the most perfect holiday destination for my little family.

I will explain about the competition later, but first I want to share with you some really cool activities I found, that I would love to experience with my husband and two boys, Lewis (6) and Aaron (2).

5 Activities to Enjoy on A Family Trip to Dubai

1. Dolphin Bay

Dolphin Bay

Dubai is undoubtedly hot. In the summer temperatures are regularly in the 30’s, but a great way to ensure the family doesn’t overheat is to visit one of the many water based parks. My first choice would be Dolphin Bay at the Atlantis. The opportunity to get up close and personal with these amazing animals is truly the stuff of dreams. What I love is that this park makes that possible from shallow water, ensuring that everyone in the family can join in, no matter what their age. Or for the more adventurous, you could go scuba diving with Dolphins. Can you even imagine it? Entry also allows access to Aquaventure Waterpark and Aquaventure beach, so it’s a winning combination.

2.  Mattel Play Town

Mattel Play Town

If you do find you need to get the kids out of the sun Dubai has solutions for that too. There are a selection of kids play centres which have a foundation in encouraging education through play. My kids are 2 and 6 so I decided that the Mattel Play Town would be the perfect place for them to visit. With favourite characters such as Angelina Ballerina, and Thomas the Tank Engine, this themed Park provides hours of interactive entertainment for children aged 2-10.

3. Blue Orange Dubai

Blue Orange Dubai

When is lunch? What’s for dinner? All that playing will certainly build up an appetite! If there is one thing that I know for sure, it is that food has to be a consideration when taking children abroad. Dubai delivers with  a huge variety of restaurants and cafes to suit every taste. The great thing is that many are family friendly and some like the Blue Orange can even provide time out for you, by entertaining your children while you enjoy a more relaxed meal. The biggest problem would be deciding when to dine, as there are many themed nights available. For me, the Thursday night Lobster BBQ sounds particularly appealing. Yummy!

4. The Fountain

Dubai Fountain

When I think of Dubai I cannot help but think of the infamous Dubai Fountain. This work of art is a free water display, with daily shows, where the water dances along to accompanying music. There is undoubtedly something about the movement of water which is captivating. Even a small domestic fountain can hold my children’s attention, so I think the Dubai Fountain’s display of water jetting as tall as a tower block, would absolutely enthrall them, and us adults too!

5.  Go on a Safari

Jeep

My last activity is a trip to the desert. If you really want to go on holiday to somewhere different, then I think it is important to try and learn about the area. See as much as possible, and immerse yourself in a little bit of local culture and history. In Dubai there is a huge selection of organised tours and safari’s available, which can help you do just that. One such company is Arabia Horizons Tours.  They have adventures for everyone, from the young traveller to the adrenaline junkie.  For my family the evening desert safari with BBQ dinner has to be the tour of choice.  This involves travelling in a jeep, through the golden sands, to the heart of the desert. Then you arrive at a Bedouin desert camp for an evening of traditional entertainment, such as belly dancing, and a buffet dinner.  And this tour is in the  late afternoon / evening, so the cooler temperatures would be perfect.

Okay. That’s it. I’m off to pack my bags!

Of course, it’s only metaphorical packing at this stage but if I am really, really, really, REALLY lucky then I might actually be packing because this is my entry into the Tots100/Dubai Dreams blogger challenge. The prize is a 4 night trip for two adults and two children to Dubai.

The best part is, if I win, then one of my lovely readers can win too!  Once the Blogger Challenge winner has been selected, Dubai Tourism will be selecting the best reader comment on the winning challenge blog post – and the author will win their own family break to Dubai!

For more details and to see all the entries please click here.                                           (Competition closes 5pm, 26th May 2016)

To do your own research please go to the Visit Dubai website

So if YOU want to be in with a chance of winning, do comment below. I would love to hear what adventures you would like to get up to in Dubai.

55 thoughts on “Why I Want to Win A Family Trip to Dubai, and You Could Too!

  1. Sarah Leach

    I am actually struggling with where to start. Your pictures have left me with a case of the green eyed monster. My all time dream is to swim with dolphins (being an aquarius this is my birth rite). Sticking with my water loving theme, I would love to visit http://www.jumeirah.com/en/hotels-resorts/dubai/wild-wadi/ which is a gorgeous and fun looking water park. Again (I am one for routine) sticking with my water theme, I would love to stay at the Atlantis Palm hotel:) The only thing stopping me booking a holiday this very minute is the cost – I am doing teacher training in September so every penny is precious ( unless I can throw them in a wishing well (water ref – sorry) and make a wish. Thankyou for filling me with envy and for the chance to win the waterful (sorry) trip of a lifetime

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  2. robyn297

    Your itinerary sounds amazing, I hadn’t come across Mattel Play Town yet, it looks fantastic, definitely something my kids would enjoy as well.

    And I have no words for the fountains other than incredible.

    For me though, I would love to go fabric shopping and looking for interesting spices at the Souks, I know my husband wouldn’t enjoy that, so its great that he could possibly go off on safari or dune bashing and we would all be happy.

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  3. Capture by Lucy (@capturebylucy)

    Just when you think Dubai has it all, the architects dream up another creation and magic it into life. The thing I love is that the people of Dubai are so determined to make it the ultimate destination, bringing the snow, the sun and the fountains of Las Vegas to one city! Your plans sounds fantastic and I’d love to read about them. Good luck! xx

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  4. Laura @ Life with Baby Kicks

    There is still so much I’d love to do in Dubai, I’d love to go as a real tourist, one who goes to all the tourist attractions but isn’t afraid to jump away from the crowd to discover more about Dubai. Shisha at the creek. Iftar at the Cultural Centre. As well as the heady heights of the Burj Khalifa.

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    1. mydaysni Post author

      I agree, it’s easy to stick to the tourist trail, but some of the best adventures are unexpected, unplanned, and unbeatable!

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  5. supermummysecrets

    The Dubai Fountains are meant to be amazing! I would so love to see them and get some great snaps 🙂
    My dream is for me and my family to swim with Dolphins in Dubai. 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. I also wouldn’t mind chilling on the beach with my boys, building sandcastles too. Just heaven!

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    1. mydaysni Post author

      I swam with dolphins before, but I have never seen anything like Dolphin Bay which makes it accessible even for young children. Dubai is fantastic. They think about everything and everyone. The have designed that area to be world class and it is. It may be home to the tallest building in the world, but I think you could feel on top of the world just by being there!

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  6. Rebecca Beesley (The Beesley Buzz)

    You are so right about how it becomes so vital to research a holiday and plan ahead once you have kids. I love how easy the Visit Dubai website was to navigate and just how the inspirational ideas were presented. There really does seem to be something for everyone and to suit all budgets too. Having looked at the Visit Dubai website and reading your blogpost, the must-sees for me would be that incredible fountain, something extraordinary to do with food, whether it be afternoon tea at At.Mosphere or dining amid the sand dunes, and seeing the dolphins would just be the icing on the cake.

    There is a whole wealth of activities that the whole family would enjoy and for us holiday time is all about family time and I am so pleased to see how Dubai is putting itself firmly on the map as a family friendly destination.

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    1. mydaysni Post author

      The world is definitely becoming smaller, but that just means it is more accessible. Which is fabulous news for people like us! I would love to be able to take my children to such a fantastic city!

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  7. Jess @ Catch A Single Thought

    Can I come with you? All your choices look amazing and the more I hear and read about Dubai the more I’m itching to book those flights! Dubai fountain just looks incredible and the Dolphin Bay experience?! Like something else. I can imagine having two very happy children if we were able to have a holiday like that. Good luck with your entry.

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    1. mydaysni Post author

      Oh yes, I think we should all go. Perhaps we could talk Dubai tourism into putting on a plane for everyone who entered, because I know there are going to be a lot of very disappointed people after this competition. And two ecstatic families, of course. Dubai has always been on the list of places that I would like to visit, but I hadn’t really done much research before. Now that I have Dubai has gained a little piece of my heart, and I don’t think I can be happy until I go and get it back!

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  8. zoe

    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. mydaysni Post author

      Dubai is a dream destination and I think that is exactly how you would feel when you were there. It would all be so different to life on my little island, it couldn’t feel like anything other than a dream. what an experience though! Just wow!

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  9. Victoria Welton

    I would definitely be up for the desert safari and dolphin bay looks fabulous, doesn’t it? The fountain would be a great photo opp for me 🙂 Good luck with your entry x

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    1. mydaysni Post author

      I completely agree. The photo opportunities in Dubai would be amazing. No worry about the grey British weather, stealing all our light! However, even if you didn’t take a camera, I doubt it would matter. The memories you would make in Dubai would be forever etched in your mind, never to be forgotten!

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  10. Steph Oakes

    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! X

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    1. mydaysni Post author

      Your wish list is very similar to mine, but from what you have written, it sounds like we have children of a similar age. I think the appeal of Dubai is that it caters for all ages. They have made it possible for everyone in the family to be able to experience some amazing opportunities. A place for dreams to come true!

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  11. Richard Beesley

    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. mydaysni Post author

      Dubai really does seem to be the city where dreams can come true. There is something for everyone, and every taste. There a few places in the world which could claim such a diverse range of facilities, but Dubai has this!

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  12. Louise Fairweather

    We went when my youngest was 3 and had a great time. We didn”t get to do all we wanted but we can say we have been up the tallest building in the world, rode a camel and been on a water-flume with sharks swimming past! I would love to go back and go to the desert. Without a doubt though the best thing about Dubai was the people, they were great with the boys and really made the holiday for us.

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    1. mydaysni Post author

      My youngest will be three this summer, and I think it is such a great age for holidays. He has a real desire to learn about the world, and just loves to be having fun. And if there is one thing for sure, it is that Dubai has plenty of opportunities for fun!

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  13. Bernadette Cooke

    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. mydaysni Post author

      IMG World of Adventures does sound absolutely amazing. Living in Northern Ireland we don’t have any large adventure parks, and have to travel to the mainland UK. However, in keeping with it’s usual standards I imagine this Adventure Park in Dubai will be world class, and a big draw for family visitors.
      I do hope to visit someday!

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  14. Carmen Bateman

    Our family loves Dubai and believe it is the best family holiday destination ever! An inspirational place, with so much to see and do, not just its year round sunshine and gorgeous beaches. The warm, unsurpassable hospitality you receive will guarantee it a place in your family’s heart. Dubai has the World’s best of everything, including horse racing, water parks, cuisine, shopping mall – complete with ice rink and aquarium inside, tallest building and must see musical fountain. There’s no poverty, and the public transport is easily accessible and inexpensive. Give it a go; the entire holiday will be the best family thrill ride they’ve ever been on! You’ll also be pleasantly surprised by what excellent value it is.

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    1. mydaysni Post author

      I hadn’t thought about getting around in Dubai, so it’s great to hear that they have a good public transport network. Though I wouldn’t expect anything else from Dubai. Dubai does a great job of setting a benchmark, the rest of the world can only hope to ever achieve, in terms of luxury and excellence.

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  15. Sophia Payne

    Wow I love your itinerary and it has made me want to change my dream Dubai trip again! I didn’t know about the Dolphin bay at Atlantis, but it sounds wonderful. It’s so tricky to get children interested in what lies beneath the sea when it is hard to experience anything other than a small aquarium here in the UK. It would be lovely to see my 4-year-old’s expression when she sees those dolphins spring into the air. It’s certainly something I don’t think she would ever see back home (not unless the Thames is hiding some huge secrets!) New experiences are what travel is all about after all! I also hadn’t considered what food options there would be, which is very unlike me seeing as we are a family ruled by our tummies! Blue Orange sounds perfect – maybe I’ll see you there for the Thursday night lobster BBQ! 😀

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    1. mydaysni Post author

      I would love to meet you at the Blue Orange, though, in the name of honesty, I have to point out that I would happily meet anyone if I could just get there! I think I have become a little bit too invested in the idea of a trip to Dubai. I may be quite disappointed if the only summer holiday I get is the one I have planned to England! However, maybe I’ll see you at the Thames, searching for dolphins lol!

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  16. Leanne Ross

    Aw Mel what a great prize! It saddens me that as a regular traveler back to the husband’s homeland of New Zealand we have seen only Dubai airport!

    The country has so much to do, things that are breathtakingly beautiful, aesthetically impressive or rip-roaring adventurous; but actually their own traditional Emirati culture would be an experience too, from markets and museums to traditional food and dress, that’s what I would take the time to see.

    Of course Che would insist on the underwater aquarium restaurant too!

    The people you meet passing through Dubai – the biggest transit hub in the world – couldn’t be more helpful, we are determined to learn more about them on one of our treks, one way or the other.

    Good luck Mel! #DBXDreams

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    1. mydaysni Post author

      It really is a fantastic prize! At least you have made it to the airport, though I’m not sure how you managed to stop yourself from going to explore.. I once had a stop over in Singapore, and to this day I kick myself for not spending some time there!

      Dubai would really would be a sight to behold. The mix of cultures, the selection of activities and the luxury that bonds it all together would be spectacular to experience. I hope your #DBXDreams come true some day!

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  17. Marie

    Hi Mel,
    I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog about Dubai. It’s a destination I have never really considered before, as I thought there wouldn’t be much for our two girls to enjoy, however you’ve proved me wrong.
    Dolphin Bay looks amazing and would be great for us to show them mammals that they have never been able to see before and thank you for showing us child friendly Safari’s – I wouldn’t have thought they would have existed.
    One day maybe we will get the opportunity to try these activities and everything else that Dubai has to offer to a young family – until then I can dream!

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    1. mydaysni Post author

      Hi Marie. Thanks for your comments. I have done a desert safari before, and I did wonder if Dubai would have any suitable for children. The company I researched certainly promote some of their choices as family friendly, and one the particular one I choose, kids under three go free. Freebies are always a bonus – even in Dubai!

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  18. hanna marshall

    Dubai has been a dream destination of mine, ever since I clapped eyes on the ‘millionaires playground’ on tv when I was younger! My ambition of becoming a millionaire in life has never quite materialised, so I don’t think I’ll be living the life of the rich and famous. But, the possibility of visiting this vibrant city and having a taste of this lifestyle would be ridiculously amazing.
    I haven’t had the opportunity to go to Dubai, yet! I’ve been busy having babies over the past 3 years. But being able to share my passion with them and creating unforettable memories of visiting such a spectacular city would mean the world to me.

    There are too many adventures I want to experience to write about here. But my top 2 would have to be:
    The Dubai Aquarium and underwater zoo which makes me so excited to even think about! You would hear my sons squeal with excitement, and possible me too! I dont think I’d be brave enough to come face to face with the sharks, but the glass bottom boat would be a safe enough distance to observe these amazing creatures. Oh, and of course the fact that this Aquarium is located in the shopping mall is a small (ahem) bonus for me.

    Mamzer beach sounds so idilic. I can just imagine the golden sand beneath my feet or trying to build a large sandcastle with my excitable boys. But thinking about the practicalities of the hot climate, I love the fact there is a swimming pool to cool off in also!

    As I sit here reading your great post and planning my family’s trip (ahem!), I have found myself becoming so excited about the possibility of making my dream come true! Sharing this with my family would be truly indescribable!

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    1. mydaysni Post author

      I think we have all thought of the possibilities that life could have if only we were rich, and for sure Dubai has more than it’s fair share of luxury. But I love that it is also accessible to the average person. Of course everyone’s circumstances are different, but if you are considering a family holiday then Dubai would be a great choice. To go somewhere and experience luxury, quality and cultural that isn’t readily available to the average person in the UK. To swim with dolphins, and visit the Burj al Arab, and the spice markets, and the desert… well, that would be a trip to remember. And maybe for those few days, you would feel like the richest person in the world!

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  19. travelingchristie

    I think I would weep swimming with the Dolphins, we did it before or youngest was born so to do it again with our whole family present would be so incredible, and the Dubai safari looks so much fun our boys would love this, the best of luck what an amazing competition x

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  20. Anita C.

    Dreams of Dubai!

    I have never been to Dubai before but I’ve been dreaming of visiting for a few years. Here’s my dream itinerary for a fabulous four day holiday!

    Day One: I always like to spend my first day taking it easy after the journey there and try to get a feeling for the local area. So we would spend day one having a relaxing swim in the sea and then a exploratory walk. Later, we would take the 90 minute Yellow Boat tour (Dubai RIB Boat Cruise: Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Marina). It’s an exhilarating ride around the bay for the kids (but not too tiring) and a great way to see the Palm Atlantis, Burj Al-Arab and the royal palaces.

    Day Two: The second day would begin with a once-in-a-lifetime deep-water dolphin encounter at Atlantis The Palm – something all the family would love and remember forever. The dolphin experience also gives you free entrance to the Atlantis’ Aquaventure Waterpark and 25% off your visit to the Lost Chambers Aquarium, so that’s day two covered!

    Day Three: After a couple of child-focussed activity days, my children are usually more open to a more adult-orientated sightseeing tour so we would spend our third day with Tour Val, a highly-recommended sight-seeing tour of the old and new city so we can learn more about the beautiful city of Dubai.

    Day Four: You can’t visit the desert without riding a camel so we would spend our final day on a Platinum Heritage tour, offering a Camel Safari followed by a Land Rover Safari in the desert where you are taken for a meal and entertainment at a bedouin camp!

    You see, Dubai is so magical. You would think you were dreaming, even when you’re there!

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    1. mydaysni Post author

      You really have given it some thought. You sound like me. I get actual butterflies just thinking about the possibility of going somewhere as amazing as Dubai. Fingers crossed.

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    1. mydaysni Post author

      Many years ago I went on one in Egypt, and I really loved it. I was amazed at how anyone could survive, but the Bedouin camp I visited was lovely.

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  21. Samantha Mann

    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, we’re a big lover of the ocean in our family and the boys will spend literally hours in aquariums if we let them.

    The dining experience at the Blue Orange sounds amazing! I know first hand how great the Westin chain of hotels are with children even without the dining experience as we actually got married at a Westin Hotel last May (first wedding anniversary next week…. boy how that time has flew!) so I can only imagine how much more amazing it would be to be almost guaranteed a battle free holiday meal!

    The thought of the heat in Dubai does bother me a little but knowing that there are indoor activities to do makes it a little easier on the mind.

    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.

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    1. mydaysni Post author

      Awww… Happy Anniversary! I swam with Dolphins in Jamaica so I understand what you mean. To be able to make similar memories now with the kids in tow really would be the kind of experience that would stay with us all forever. I can tell you have put a lot of thought into your comment. Good luck!

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    1. mydaysni Post author

      Water has that effect doesn’t it? I have read that there are daily displays when the fountain puts on a really extravagant display for a time period. I would have to make certain that I didn’t miss the show, as I believe it would be spectacular!

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  22. Pete C

    You have certainly convinced me! Even their soft plays are in a different league to what is available here! I remember swimming with Dolphins in Jamaica and it was amazing. I would love to experience something similar with my family. Here’s hoping you win!

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    1. mydaysni Post author

      If I win – you will definitely win dear hubby! I remember us swimming with Dolphins on our honeymoon too! Wouldn’t it be amazing to provide our kids with a similar experience x

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  23. mummyfever

    I love Dubai and many of the things you have listed hear. I think my children would love Dolphin Bay though. A couple of years ago we visited Florida and my partner and our eldest swam with dolphins but the other children were too young so I took them to LEGOLAND instead. It would be wonderful to allow all the children the chance to get up close and personal with these stunning creatures. It’s what dreams are made of.

    Good luck with your entry!

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    1. mydaysni Post author

      Exactly! In Dubai they have pulled out all the stops and made sure that there really is something for everyone. When travelling with families this is so important, as people often want to do different things. Dubai really could make dreams come true for all the family. Thank you – and good luck to you too!

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  24. Zena's Suitcase

    You’ve picked some amazing ideas. I have to agree that swimming with the dolphins would be top of my list. Just imagine how cool it would be to kiss one. That’s what I call a perfect holiday memory. I can’t believe how much there is for families to do in Dubai. The more I read the more I would love to do the desert safari. It sounds so unique. We would also have to hand out in KidZania and the aquarium. It would really be a holiday to remember

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    1. mydaysni Post author

      I have been swimming with Dolphins before on honeymoon in Jamaica, but there I really was in the sea swimming. It would have been totally unsuitable for young kids. That’s what I am loving about Dubai, they really have thought of everything and everyone. It is so accessible, it looks, simply amazing.

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  25. Sharon Parry

    So many unique experiences in such a small area. I love the food part – you are so right. This is a huge part of a holiday with kids (and teens) and Dubai seems to have that covered! An indoor activity like Mattel Play Town gives you a few hours in the air con before you hit those fantastic hot waterparks. Good luck with the comp 🙂

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    1. mydaysni Post author

      I know right! No matter how much I try to encourage my children to try new foods, they absolutely can be fussy. Some of the great buffet options in Dubai would mean they could have a variety of foods, fulfilling their need for being fussy, with my desires to broaden their experiences. Thanks for your comment. Mel.

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  26. thesoupdragonsays

    Dubai would not be my first thought for a family holiday, but I can see my son getting excited about watching dolphins or spending time at a water park. The Dubai fountain sounds like a great attraction and one that would please adults and kids alike, there is something quite calming about watching the water dance and fall. And add in the adventure of visiting the desert and maybe just a little bit of adrenalin would finish off a magical family trip, so good luck with your entry.

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    1. mydaysni Post author

      I understand, as Dubai has long been on my lists of places to visit but I hadn’t thought of taking the kids at such a young age. However, now that I have done my research I can see that there really is something for everyone in Dubai!

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