Our dreams of Dubai – Blogger challenge! #DXBDreams

The other night, just as I was about to set off to collect my son from Beavers and drop my daughter off at Scouts. I caught wind of a travel inspired twitter party with Tots 100 & Visit Dubai. I knew I was going to be home a little late {and my phone battery was typically close to death} but I was determined to make it home in time to join in.

Dubai was always a place I thought was never possible for us to visit as a family. It is known for its luxurious shopping, lively nightlife, and stunning ultra modern architecture. It is an exquisite location and I’ll be honest, I never thought it would be ‘the place’ for a family holiday. Until now.
I was so pleased to hear that Dubai isn’t as expensive as we would think when considering it as a family holiday destination. There are so many amazing things to do and see with a majority of those activities not costing you a penny.

When travelling as a family of five, with 3 young children {at different ages} we need to plan where we’d go and what we would get up to while on holiday. So, I figured it would be fun to share with you guys what our plans would be if we were ever to visit Dubai as a family. I’ll not lie….doing this was super fun!

Our first thing to do while visiting Dubai {with a little troop of animal lovers} would be to visit the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater zoo.

Visit Dubai
It would be a must-see experience. My children, especially my 10yr old daughter is bonkers for wildlife and I know this place would blow her mind. Also, the sheer idea of being in a place like this makes the Instagram nerd inside me squeal with excitement.

Dubai is known for its glorious weather, piercing blue skies and it’s beautiful sunshine, which is amazing and all….but for a little change, I think taking the family to spend the afternoon skiing with a Ski Dubai Super Pass would be a pretty awesome idea.

Ski dubai
Ski Dubai Super Pass allows you to dive into a fun and family-friendly snow park. Everybody loves snow. Whether you’re the parent or the child; we all love that fluffy white stuff, and I know my 3yr old would just go NUTS in a place like this for the day. I love that there is something for everyone in this snow park which makes my job of keeping a 10, 7 & 3yr old all simultaneously happy.

Ski Dubai
There would even be an attempt to pocket a penguin {by my toddler} who just adores them. So being able to watch the march of the penguins when real-life penguins walk across the snow, would be a real highlight for her. In fact, it would be a real highlight for us all.

Another place we’d love to visit while visiting Dubai and being a big gamer family would have to be without a shadow of a doubt, the SEGA Republic Indoor Theme park.

sega republic
A truly epic and exciting part about this place is that even though it’s an indoor theme park, there are even places for the little ones! The partner and I would take turns hanging out with the toddler while the other one goes and hangs out with the older kids. So while the toddler is having the time of her LIFE in the soft play area with building blocks, ball pools and slides, the older kids go be introduced to the classic arcade games that their Mum & StepDad loved so much when they were younger.

On one of our evenings, it would be awesome to take the children to see one of Dubai’s most compelling tourist attraction, the Dubai Fountain.

Dubai fountain
With fountains of water dancing with a light show to join it, I know we’d all be wowed by the spectacular show. Plus side? It’s free!

Our last place to visit while in Dubai would have to be the Dubai Miracle Garden. They are so visually stunning on my PC screen that I could only ever imagine the beauty we’d see if there in person.

Dubai miracle garden

Millions of flowers {literally} planted and grown in so many stunningly beautiful ways that they would really have to be seen to be believed. I think my Instagram would be FILLED with everything my eyes caught sight of because the Dubai Miracle Garden looks like a photographers dream.

So there you go, 5 places we’d just have to visit if we were ever to visit Dubai. The more I researched Dubai the more I want to go. I’m so impressed at how much there is to do there and how affordable it all is too. Maybe I could convince the husband-to-be to fly out there for our Honeymoon! 😉

How would you spend your time if you got to visit Dubai? Leave me a comment below as I would love to know!

This is my entry into the Tots100/Dubai Dreams Blogger challenge #DXBDreams. Not only am I in with a chance to win but whoever leaves the best comment is in with a chance to win a family break to Dubai too! Good luck!



  1. 18/05/2016 / 9:39 PM

    Forget the family holiday – this has honeymoon written all over it! 😉

  2. 18/05/2016 / 9:43 PM

    I love Dubai but haven’t been with the children yet. We are big skiers so being able to fit in our winter holiday with our summer holiday would be a huge bonus for us. The fountains are a must and I could watch them over and over. My children didn’t believe me when I told them you can see the fountains from space!

    Good luck with your entry !

  3. Sharon
    18/05/2016 / 10:11 PM

    Such a stunning location – look at those colours! Never a dull moment and loads for your little animal lovers! I hope you get there so that you share your own stunning images on Instagram. Good luck 🙂

  4. 19/05/2016 / 12:37 PM

    I think the Underwater Zoo would be on our lost too. Mine love water and all the weird and wonderful creatures that live in it so this would be perfect for us x

  5. Pete
    19/05/2016 / 1:35 PM

    I would love to visit Dubai. It is an international hub of culture, adventure and a little bit of luxury. I would most look forward to dining al fresco, swimming in warm seas and having adventures. Some of the top activities for me and my family would be the beach, the waterparks, Dubai Fountain, Dubai Miracle Garden and the Aquarium. And I couldn’t leave without taking a safari. The world is becoming a smaller place and I love that it means places like Dubai are becoming a much more practical family holiday destination. I have been doing my own research on the Visit Dubai website and they really have listed everything and made it so easy to work out an itinerary before you go, so you don’t miss anything on your ‘must do list.’ Good luck with your competition entry. Whoever wins really is going to have the opportunity to make dreams come true for their whole family.

  6. lindsey kettle
    19/05/2016 / 1:50 PM

    The Miracle garden looks to be soooo beautiful. I would love to visit there. Can you imagine how many photographs we could spam our friends and family with?! A honeymoon there sounds like a fab idea! Good luck with the competition. 🙂 x

  7. 19/05/2016 / 2:22 PM

    The attractions around the Dubai Mall are amazing aren’t they?! Even if you’re on a budget you can stand outside the aquarium for a good look at the fish! That said, I’d love to go inside for a bit of cage snorkelling. The Atlantis Aquaventure Water Park also looks excitingly wet, though Poseidon’s Revenge might be a bit much for me!

  8. Claire wainwright
    19/05/2016 / 2:42 PM

    Wow this all looks amazing. You would need a month to do all the fun things. Maybe when I win the lottery lol the under water zoo looks magical could imagine my little ones faces if they saw it :-0 I have added it to my bucket list!!

  9. Samantha Mann
    20/05/2016 / 10:44 AM

    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!

    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. The skiing centre looks so much fun and something else we have never down before so it would be a double whammy of new experiences for us…. Id love to take the boys on the toboggan.

    I have never heard of the Garden of Miracles before and i can’t say that (whilst at home) I’m a big fan of anything garden related but this looks simply stunning! It looks so colourful and like you say, somewhere to get some amazing photo opportunities.

    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.

  10. 20/05/2016 / 4:17 PM

    You’ve got lots of amazing things on your list, such a fab round up. Good luck with your entry.

  11. 20/05/2016 / 11:08 PM

    I have to say when I hear the word ‘Dubai’ I tend to think of sand islands and large city skapes. You have changed my thinking a little. Still, it’s too hot for us to visit, being a redhead I would literally melt.

  12. 21/05/2016 / 12:01 PM

    I had never thought of Dubai as a family destination, but your pictures may just have changed my mind. My 10y son would love the underwater world of the Dubai zoo. I can see him having hours of fun in the Sega theme park, time enough for me and Dad to chill. Finally the inspiration of the Dubai Miracle garden may be the inspiration I need for my green space! Sounds like a picture perfect trip, good luck with your entry.

  13. 21/05/2016 / 12:11 PM

    Oh my goodness I can’t believe there are real life penguins on the ski slope in Dubai! I always thought they were just models. How cool! My three love to waddle like a penguin so I’m sure they’d love recreating their style whizzing down the ski slope.

  14. Jo Laybourn
    21/05/2016 / 7:44 PM

    If we ever got the change to visit I would definitely have to window shop in all the designer stores!

  15. Raising Mighty Girls
    21/05/2016 / 7:56 PM

    Without a doubt, we would squeal with excitement in the Aqua Adventure Waterpark! And we’d go crazy on the 6 person water raft – we’re all water babies so this is definitely on our bucket list.

  16. Anita C
    22/05/2016 / 5:07 PM

    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!

  17. 22/05/2016 / 8:49 PM

    Never been to dubai and I’d so love to go. I love the hot weather and I’m so jealous of one of the mummy’s I know from the birth Facebook group i am in. She lives over there. Would be my dream holiday.

  18. Marie
    23/05/2016 / 8:16 PM

    Hi Debs, I guess like you I never really considered that Dubai would be a good place to take children, It was always seen (to me anyway) as somewhere you stopped off on the way to Australia.
    Reading these blogs has given me lots of inspiration for what I would love to do if I were to visit with our children. Waterparks and the beach, a Safari and a trip to the Souk would be high on my list. The Dubai miracle garden intrigues me – I’m a keen gardener and i’d like to be astonished at how they keep the plants and flowers alive in such scorching temperatures.
    Thanks for opening my eyes to a destination I hadn’t considered as child friendly – and one that I can now dream about visiting.

  19. Catherine Anderson
    24/05/2016 / 12:09 PM

    Never have a chance to go to Dubai with my family. But, definitely would love to go there. I mean Dubai is absolutely beautiful!
    Good luck with your entry, Debs!

  20. Carmen Bateman
    25/05/2016 / 6:06 PM

    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.

  21. 25/05/2016 / 7:29 PM

    I love that you can be in the middle of a dessert and have a penguin encounter! I remember that The family adventure project went to the miracle garden – looks so pretty. We visited Dubai and loved it. So much to do that we didn’t do all that we wanted to! We saw the fountains at lunch and they were great but I imagine they are even more magical in the dark with lights on them. I would love to make it to the desert as well, as I think the scenery alone would take my breath away.

  22. Richard Beesley
    25/05/2016 / 11:33 PM

    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. And the underwater zoo looks incredible!

    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’.

  23. 26/05/2016 / 7:27 AM

    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!

  24. 26/05/2016 / 9:27 AM

    That SEGA theme park looks amazing – but I would never get Ross or Grace out of there! We would definitely go for the waterparks although possibly not the skiing – far too cold for me! Good luck with your entry 🙂 (and loving your new blog header x)

  25. Zoe
    26/05/2016 / 10:25 AM

    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.

  26. Oh, to live the Dubai Dream! Having never visited the country before except in transit, It would be marvellous to experience the wonders of this enigmatic destination.

  27. Bernadette Cooke
    26/05/2016 / 1:24 PM

    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

  28. 26/05/2016 / 1:31 PM

    Oh my goodness, the Miracle Garden, how absolutely incredible does that look?! It made the Instagram nerd in me jump with delight too haha. I hadn’t seen about the Penguins at Ski Dubai…I’d be fighting the temptation to pocket a penguin or two as well. What a fabulous experience. Good luck with your entry lovely, it sounds like if you won you’d have an amazing itinerary lined up.

  29. Rebecca Beesley
    26/05/2016 / 2:33 PM

    A miracle garden – how amazing. Truly the stuff of dreams. Such wonder and creativity and imagination to create such beauty. Reading your blogpost that has become my top spot to visit in Dubai! I also love that your toddler would want to ‘pocket a penguin’ as I think my kids would want to do the same. Penguins have got to be one of the most adorable creatures on earth and what an incredible place to visit to be able to see them.

  30. Amanda Fulton
    26/05/2016 / 4:37 PM

    I had NO idea there were just so many things to do in Dubai and yet I already thought it was paradise! Aptly named miracle garden too!
    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!

  31. Francesca Gott
    26/05/2016 / 4:41 PM

    The Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo looks brilliant! My son would absolutely love it there..and me too. My biggest dream is for me and my family to swim with Dolphins in Dubai (it makes me tear up at the thought!). 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 (and I am a big kid). I also wouldn’t mind chilling on the beach with my boys, building sandcastles too. Just heaven!

  32. 26/05/2016 / 8:32 PM

    Oh my goodness the Miracle Garden looks beyond belief! I’ve never heard of it! I feel like it would be a miracle to win a competition like this but you have a beautiful itinerary for a beautiful family. And the Sega park… might lose the boys for the whole 4 days! Great post xx

  33. 26/05/2016 / 10:18 PM

    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!

  34. 27/05/2016 / 9:03 PM

    It definitely has honeymoon written all over it – that’s the best thing about Dubai. It has the romance, the adult only fun, then the child friendly atmosphere. It is the only place I know that can seamlessly travel from being family friendly to being honeymoon ready. Children are welcome pretty much everywhere which is incredible, with masses of things to do! I’d love to head down to the cultural Iftar at the Cultural Centre with my two boys (and husband in tow), head to the beach at JBR to splash at splash pad and to head down into Mattel world which is more suited than KidZania for my littlest, though my near 4 year old would love to be a pilot! Dubai is perfect for families, it’s kitted for the heat and everyone loves children!

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