Dubai..you did it again. Another holiday full of fun, sun, sea and sand and of course so many amazing memories!
This year we knew was going to be a full on year, with 11 of us being there all at once (only for 4 days because Xen couldn’t have the full 2 weeks off work) Everything from breakfast to dinner was just crazy crazy. Four little ones can certainly make some noise and the days of lying on the beach, listening to music or reading a book, staying out late and going for drinks have pretty much disappeared, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. They kept us busy busy busy for sure.
We left on 27th May on a morning flight which worked so so well for all the kiddies, Bo went straight to sleep after his milk during take off, and for some reason Bets had it in her head that she would also have a sleep, so she did just that. Three hours she slept for!! We couldn’t quite believe our luck when they were both sleeping at the same time and we got to watch our own programmes. So when we arrived in Dubai it was like 7pm (4pm our time) but perfect timing to get to the hotel, eat something and go to bed ready for our first day.
For the first few days the kiddies didn’t wake up until like 9.30am, which was nice as we all adjusted to the time with slow mornings. We would meet everyone at breakfast each morning, having the biggest table there and then thoroughly enjoy the vast selection of breakfast there was on offer. Bets would normally have like 3 bowls of cereal, all different, then pancakes, then yoghurt and maybe some bread! I do not know where she puts it all! We would then all head to the beach and apply suncream ready for the morning swim.
Our routine was pretty much exactly the same as it is at home, Bo would wake up and a couple of hours after want to go back to sleep. So we’d sneak in a quick swim for him to cool down and Bets would always be desperate to get straight in the pool and then he would go down for a snooze. Some mornings he would sleep on the beach and other mornings Curt would take him back to the room to have a snooze in the air con. I was quite surprised at how much Curt wanted to go back to the room himself! ha It was pretty darn hot and lying in the sun was wonderful to me, but hard for Curt, so chilling in the room was preferable and it meant that Bo would always have a really long sleep on those days because he wasn’t disturbed. Me and Bets had some lovely mornings playing together on the beach, she would happily sit under the umbrella and colour, or just chat away to me about anything and everything. The boys would then come down in time for lunch and we’d all eat on the beach together. That was pretty much how every morning went, some mornings we’d throw another swim in or we’d go in sinbads, which is the kids play park. It was very chilled and relaxed which was just perfect.
The afternoons would then get busier as Seb and Leo would come back down to the beach after their sleeps, and we’d all go swimming or all go in the kids club whilst it was super duper hot, Bo would have another snooze, normally in his pram as the breeze went through and kept him cool, so we’d go for a nice walk along the shore and by about 5pm, it would start to cool down a little (like you can actually walk on the sand without shoes) and we’d play games on the beach. This is our favourite time on the beach, it’s quite it’s cooler and the light makes you look incredible, ha Also just before the kitchens close at 6pm we’d order milkshakes and watch the sunset, it just doesn’t get any better than that!
We enjoyed some lovely dinners out together as there is just so much choice in and around the hotel, but there were some places, which we used to go to a few years ago, that we probably wouldn’t go back to anymore. I guess over time things change and we felt they just weren’t as good as they used to be. We also went out for a couple of nights, but we changed things up from what we would normally do (I say normally but I mean from what we have done in previous years) and unfortunately I don’t think it worked quite as well. We went to the shopping mall and ate in the cheesecake factory, but actually in hindsight we all wish we’d just gone to our usual Italian right on the waterfront, watched the fountains and enjoyed a relaxing meal. So yeah, few things that maybe we’d change re dinner time. Plus we were working with four small children, who by 8pm were pretty tired and hungry, not the easiest of things!
Curt and I also took an afternoon off the beach. Sometimes it just gets a little too much and an afternoon in the air conditioning is exactly what you need. So we headed to Dubai Mall, which is just the biggest place ever, we were there for a good four hours and on reflection I think only managed to walk around half of it! It was lovely to just wonder past the shops and have a nosy round, we bought a couple of bits, but not loads as didn’t need to buy much anyway! The kids loved going in the toy shops as they are huge, the Hamleys in there is that big that you can scoot round and ride the electric cars round a track. It’s crazy! We stopped in the food court for Bets to have something to eat, because of Ramadan no where was open until 7pm so the food court was the only place you could eat as it was all boarded up, but that was fine for us. We were hoping to watch the fountains at 6pm and then head home, but unfortunately we didn’t know that when it’s Ramadan they don’t start until 7.30pm so typically Bo was shattered and hungry and we couldn’t stay any longer! So we missed the fountains this year! Boo!
We had so many amazing days, and we will remember it forever, Betsie goes on about it all the time and refers back to it constantly, I think she’s already excited about next year! ha
We absolutely love Dubai and would actually quite happily live there. I think there is something about waking up knowing the sky is going to be blue and the air is going to be hot that keeps me happy. I love that you don’t have to wear loads of layers and your skin thrives with the amount of creams you put on, plus all the vitamin D you are getting, something we lack massively in the UK. I just feel there are so many advantages to being in the sunshine, maybe one day we will do it…we will move abroad, for now we’ll just throughly enjoy our amazing holidays.