Hooly dooly, I am having the best time over here in Dubai guys!! I wish you could all be here to share these last few days with me and the rest of the Bloggerati bloggers, it really is the most amazing and mind blowing destination to visit. I’ve already skyped my crew back home and told them that we need to start saving immediately, so that we can all visit here together on a family holiday. There’s just so much that I’d love to be sharing with them right now and I really wish they were here too.
I knew that this trip was going to be full of delightful experiences, but I had no idea just how wonderful they’d all be. I’m not even sure I can pin point a favourite activity so far, so I’ll start by sharing a few snippets from day one.
Our first stop on Thursday was a special lunch time meal at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, which is a non-profit organisation that you can visit to increase awareness and demystify the local culture, customs and religion of Dubai. This is a must do activity – I can’t even begin to explain how much I learnt in the couple of hours that we visited. The centre is located in an old wind tower house in the old Dubai district, on the western side of the Dubai Creek and lunch is hosted every Sunday and Tuesday at 1pm (AED 90 per person – about $33 Australia).
Aside from what we all learnt during the afternoon, lunch was beautiful and I’m very keen to try and recreate a family meal with similar dishes when I’m back home. I’m not really sure how well I’ll go at cooking the ligamats (a tiny dumpling, similar to a donut), but I’m hoping to give them a whirl. Fingers crossed for me!
After lunch we did something totally fun, an ‘Amazing Race’ style treasure hunt with teams of four bloggers, racing each other for clues to find and then receive a second clue, and so on, until ultimately landing on the final destination a few hours later, to claim their prize. Sadly our awesome team weren’t so fabulous at this style of game, but we gave it our best! Along the way we got to weave through different souks (markets) and cross the Dubai Creek in an Abra, which was high on my ‘to do’ list, so I was thrilled to be able to put a big fat tick next to this.
I would have liked to spend hours just wandering through the souks, especially the textile area, which was full of hidden treasures. The same goes with the Abras – I wanted to keep riding them all day.
Oh, and I thought I’d share a photo before I go that was taken after breakfast on Friday, of the lovely bloggers (plus some of the Nuffnang staff) that are staying with me at the Shangri-la hotel. We’ve all been stationed at a selection of hotels for the trip, so not everybody is included in this here.
There is so much more that I want to share with you all (and I will), so be sure to pop back in soon. xx
See you soon,