Dubai Dreaming with Tots100 and Dubai Tourism

Dubai Dreaming…

DUBAI LANDMARKS - Downtown Dubai
Image courtesy – Dubai Tourism

I’ve never been to Dubai. Well, technically speaking that is. I’ve travelled through Dubai on several occasions once even missing my flight and having to stay overnight.

I do remember that whenever my Mum would travel via Dubai I would ask her to get perfume from duty free – Nina Ricci L’Air Du Temps and Anais Anais by Cacharel.

Now being asked to compete for a trip of a lifetime sounds like I would be able to pick these up myself.

But, I’d obviously want to do much more than that – my wants have grown since I was a young girl.

Dubai has obviously grown into a city where families can enjoy quality time together with a great many things to do.

I know these are things my family would also enjoy so here goes as I dream of what my holiday in Dubai would entail –

Cruise – Now this is top of my list. We have never been on a cruise so how cool would be to go on one with the family. I’ve seen some pretty cool trips here.

Ballooning – I’ve always wanted to do this and though I’m a bit nervous – it’s on my bucket list. I’m not growing any younger so better tick this off fast.

Visit a souk – After reading so much about these in all those  a few Mills and Boons romances, I can’t help but want to wander around one. With my husband of course. 🙂 Exotic spices, perfumes and GOLD. Not to forget the textile souk. My kind of shopping experience.

Next on the list is a slightly higher aspiration  – The Burj Khalifa of course. I’d be on top of the world.

I quite like this itinerary 11 places in 5 days? My kind of trip…

Besides it would be great for a feature on my new travel blog – High Five Holidays.

If you need some inspiration for a holiday to Dubai go to the Visit Dubai website

This is an entry in the Tots100/Dubai Dreams competition. I would love my readers to share their own Dubai dreams in the comments below for a chance to win a holiday of your own.

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20 thoughts on “Dubai Dreaming with Tots100 and Dubai Tourism

    1. Would love to go ballooning – over Dubai preferably. 🙂 Fingers crossed and thanks for the wishes. All the best to you too. Off to comment. 🙂

  1. When I was younger I wanted to do all the high adrenalin activities. Bungies, and balloning and hand gliding. Now I’m a bit older, the appeal lies with the water parks and the shopping Souks.
    Dubai looks like an amazing opportunity for the whole family to experience the holiday of a lifetime!

  2. 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

    1. Wow – it looks like you have your trip planned. IF I win I’d need to come back here and get some inspiration for my trip. Thanks for commenting. 🙂

  3. 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.

    1. After visiting the Visit Dubai site – it’s kind of mine too. Fingers crossed for me and you. Thanks for commenting.

  4. I totally blame seeing you at L’atlier des Chefs for me starting a travel blog too! I love the idea of a hot air balloon ride, just not sure I have the nerve. Having said that if it was at sunrise in Dubai I am sure I could summon it! The biggest problem with Dubai is there is so much to do, you can never fit everything you want in. I would love to go out to the dessert, sand board and go on a camel safari. Eating under the stars in the dessert really would be a once in a life time experience you would never forget. I would love to make it to the souks too – I bet the spice souk smells amazing.

  5. The foodie side of things would really appeal to us in Dubai…Al Mahara restaurant would be a must for us as a foodie family who has had so many foodie adventures including Noma and meeting Mary Berry, this would be the ultimate icing on the cake. Dubai seems to have the perfect recipe for a family holiday…A good spoonful of food, culture and history, a big scoop of fun, family and adventure, a drizzle of adrenalin, a large cup of architecture and a sprinkling of magic to make the perfect family holiday!

  6. 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

  7. Good luck with your entry! I don’t think I would be brave enough to go ballooning but I can imagine it would be an incredible experience if you go to do it. We’ve never been to Dubai and I am literally amazed at how much there is for families to see and do. I’m so impressed. We’d love to do a lot of the things you’ve mentioned in your post plus a visit to the souks (the writer in me is dying to get in there and absorb the atmosphere and the Instagrammer in me can just imagine the vibrancy of the colours) as well as a visit to the turtle rehabilitation centre for my daughter who wants to be a marine biologist when she grows up. But really, the list could just go on and on couldn’t it? I’m fairly confident that if we were lucky enough to go we’d fall head over heels and probably never want to leave again!

    1. Thank you for the wishes. We’ve never been to Dubai – well, on a holiday so would be great if we could experience it. It sounds awesome. I never knew there was so much to do there.

  8. I have never actually been on a cruise either..unless you class the mini cruise to Amsterdam! But not a luxury cruise to some exotic country like Dubai. That would definitely be dream!I would also absolutely love to swim with Dolphins, this is by far my biggest dream and something I would love to do with my little family. I would love to visit Atlantis too because I am a big kid and would have so much fun at their marine and water park! A trip to one of their beautiful beaches would also be a dream (who needs to spend money whith beaches like that!). Sun, Sea, Sand…and cocktails.

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