Spot the difference?!!
As I sit here shivering on a chilly May afternoon (isn’t it meant to be summer???) I can only dream about me and my tribe enjoying the sun, sea and adventures that Dubai has to offer. A trip to Al Mamzar Beach would be a must. Last year, the kids had the times of their life on the beach in a very wet and windy Scarborough – just think how much more fun they would have amongst swaying palm trees, three pools, and a children’s amphitheatre? Sat huddled on the wet sand eating fish and chips would become a distant memory as we tucked into a picnic, topped up with the obligatory ice creams from the food kiosks. And forget wind-beaten beach huts, an air-conditioned chalet sounds much more like it!
My youngest, four, has just started swimming lessons and is delighting in the fact he can now do more than his land-loving daddy. A trip to Wild Wadi Waterpark would give him, and my eldest (7), the chance to show off their skills and you never know daddy might pluck up courage to try one of the 30 rides and attractions. I love the sounds of Tantrum Alley and living in the freezing North-East of England the thought of facing three tornados and a storm of water sounds like a breeze!
Before we had kids we used to love a flutter on the Grand National, the occasional trip to the races and even a night at the dogs! Swapping one four legged friend for another sounds great fun and we would love to watch a camel race – who knows we might be more lucky than normal backing something with a hump!
After all that excitement how about something to eat? As a family we love our food, especially seafood. Thoughts of cockles and winkles would soon fade faced with the tools of the trade at Aprons & Hammers. We’ve eaten on canal boat restaurants in the UK but what a wonderful experience for the kids to climb aboard a traditional sail boat and then be given the tools they need to tackle a bucket of freshly-caught crabs, jumbo shrimps, mussels and lobster. There’s nothing like working for your food, and I am sure it would be well worth the effort!
Shopping for me is a weekly trip to the supermarket – something the kids love but is a monotonous chore for me! Am I the only mother who Zombie shops – buying the same things week in week out to make the same meals? A trip to a traditional food market or one of the souks might just be the jolt I need to start appreciating the colours, smells and taste of food again and a perfect excuse for us all to try some new cuisine.
Anyway, my little boy is calling so I’d better stop the daydreaming and get back to reality – it’s been fun to dream…if only it could come true….
- This daydream is my entry in to the Tots100/Dubai Dreams blogger challenge where I could win a four night stay in Dubai if they like my entry. Once the best blog has been selected to win the first prize, there is a second holiday up for grabs. The winner will receive flights and accommodation for 4 nights, and Dubai Tourism will arrange for the winning family to experience some of the adventures from their dream itinerary during their stay, up to a value of £2,000.
What do you have to do to enter the competition? If I’m lucky enough to win the blogger challenge, the second prize up goes to the best reader comment. So, please tell me your Dubai dreams or realities if you’ve been lucky enough to visit! Go to Visit Dubai for lots of ideas of things to do and don’t forget to share this fab competition with your friends on Facebook & Twitter!For more information about the competition follow the link here