On our visit it was hubby, myself (pregnant) and our daughter Eva who at the time was 2.5 years old. One of the first things that was apparent was that everyone was very friendly. They adore children and families and can't do enough for you. They make you feel very welcome wherever you go. With only a couple of days there, we barely scratched the surface of all that Dubai has to offer for a young family. It left us wanting to return.
As you know we are now a family of 4. Eva is currently 3.5 years old and Ophelia is 6 months old. Having children has never stopped us from travelling. When we travel we like to visit cultures that can offer something for all of us. We like our children to have fun but be educated through travel. As the saying goes, travelling is great for the soul, so here are 5 things that we would love to do in Dubai to ignite our senses and make special memories to last a lifetime.
Sight - The Dubai Fountain
The Dubai fountain features a show that shoots water as high as 450ft and is on daily. The lights that are used in the show are actually visible from space which makes it the brightest spot in the middle east. It is the world's largest dancing fountain. It's a spectacle not to be missed and i'm sure all of us, especially the girls would find it mesmerising.
Smell - Kite Beach
There is no better smell than that of the beach and the sea. The scent of salty water, the sea breeze and the sun tan lotion provide a sense of calm and serenity.
Kite beach offers plenty of activities if resting is not your thing. You can spot all the kitesurfers or have a go yourself, test your core strength with stand up paddling, get some exercise in the gym or play football. The beach is always a winner with our family.
Touch - Dolphin Encounter
Who isn't fascinated by animals? To be able to see them is a wonder itself but to be able to experience them up close and personal, gives a real insight into their nature and beauty. Dolphins are always guaranteed to put a smile on someone's face. We would love to be able to have an encounter with one and of course get a big huge kiss on the lips from these curious mammals.
Hearing - Aquaventure Waterpark
This was one place we were lucky enough to visit before. Eva had a blast there, as did we. There are rides and adventure play areas for all ages. Hubby had a scary thrill on The Tower of Neptune and we all enjoyed the river rapids. One thing I can remember distinctively is the sounds on the day. The water being splashed as people ran through it, the squeals of delight from children as they tried to avoid the huge bucket of water soaking them, the screams from the adults as they raced down a slide and above all the laughter that was being enjoyed by all the family.
Taste - Al Mahara
Dubai is a foodie's paradise. You can experience any cuisine at the highest quality at whatever time of day. There is something for everyone. We are a foodie family that also enjoys fine dining. We would love to experience the restaurant 'Al Mahara'. Al Mahara translated is The Oyster Shell. Not only would we all have our taste buds tantalised but we would be surrounded by beautiful marine life making it an unforgettable family dining experience. It would leave Eva feeling like she was under the sea as a real life mermaid.
So there you have it. So much to see and do for a young family. I could have included so many more experiences as the list really is endless.
This is my entry into the Tots 100 Dubai Dreams blogger challenge where we can win a family trip to Dubai. But what is really amazing is that if you share your Dubai dreams with me in the comment section below, you too could also win a trip.