Hi everyone, I'm back & now up to date with the holiday washing & ironing (why is that always MY job!) so I've got time now to post my report as promised.
Thanks first of all to everyone who has answered questions on this forum - especially Latimer - the info was invaluable for our first trip to Dubai.
I'll not bore you with all the details, I'll just give you my thoughts on everything we visited as first timers.
Entertainer book - well worth the investment. We saved the price of the book on our Ski Dubai afternoon alone. Used vouchers everywhere. Saved a fortune
Arrival -Arabian Courtyard Hotel. Very nice hotel, a little dark but that's in keeping with the decor so not a big deal. Service was excellent so no complaints and would definitely recommend.
Day 1 - visit to the Burjman mall. Oh my! No offence to my neighbours but it beats The Thistle Marches in Stirling hands down!
Hubby decided he knows Dubai very well having visited many many times on Google maps so decides to take us to the creek. Lets just say if the kids and I hadn't rebelled, we'd still be walking :-)
Day 2 - Down to the hotel gym for 6.45am (what kind of freaky person does that on holiday?), spent a couple of restful hours by the hotel pool - lovely! Took ourselves off to Dubai Mall (defo beats Buchanan Galleries in Glasgow!) & spent some time watching the fountains. They are spectacular! WOW! Am now trying to get hubby to recreate in the garden with a length of hose & fork!
Day 3 - Burj Khalifa. We've done the Empire State & Rockerfellar buildings in NYC and this was definitely higher. Booked tickets online so cost was reasonable & although we expected a wait in a long queue, it didn't happen. We enjoyed this & would definitely say it was worth a visit.
Spent the afternoon in Dubai Museum. This is a hidden gem. Definitely worth saving a couple hours in the holiday for. The set up is very visual so it's suitable for kids and adults alike. Very informative and fun for much, much cheapness.
Day 4 - Took the abra to Deira. Oh wow, how much fun are the abras? 1 dhm for so much entertainment. I'm such a cheap date, people! I enjoyed both the spice and gold markets although I think the family got a bit tired of my magpie tendencies and the need to look at EVERY piece of jewellery in EVERY shop!. Treated myself to a couple of wee trinkets. Back on the abra to the hotel. Happy days!
Day 5 - Aquaventure & Lost Chambers - LOVE LOVE LOVE it! Thanks to Ian for extra vouchers. Much appreciated! Hope you're enjoying the golf!
Day 6 - Ski Dubai - thoroughly enjoyed this too. Read some reports that the runs are too short & narrow so was a bit unsure what to expect. Get real people! This is a fabulous ski run indoors in the middle of a desert (more or less)! Eldest son & I had a great time & would recommend.
Emirates Mall - even beats the Arndale & Trafford Centres in Manchester. No offence to anyone from the area :-)
Day 7 - Jumeraih public beach. A little busy but hey, it's free! No shade though so be warned if you have young children or you burn easily. What a lovely treat to be able to swim in the sea in April. Don't think I've ever swum in the sea at any time of year in Scotland brrr.
Took a little walk round Dubai Marina, very nice but not spectacular
Day 8 - Hired an abra for an hour. Lovely! So relaxing. Spent some time in the Heritage House & School in Deira. Very interesting but nothing special. It was very hot the day we went so maybe I'm being a little unfair?
JBR walk at night - This was fun and well worth doing. Spotted a couple of celebs (don't worry, we didn't point & stare!) stopped to have a coffee and do a bit of people watching & car spotting. Really nice night.
Day 9 - I'm almost there! Quiet day revisiting the markets (think I got diddled - no that's not a euphemism :-) but Im still trying to work out how! Ah well, lesson learned take a calculator next time!)
Day 10 - Afternoon tea at Burj Al Arab. I was sooooo born to be very rich! Definitely a highlight of our holidayso I would recommend it if you haven't done it but would agree with everyone else who says it not really worth the money.
Day 11 - Wild Wadi - not my favourite, seemed a little dirtier than Aquaventure but it filled the hours till hometime. 3 hours delay in Dubai (whilst on the plane sitting on the tarmac!) and 7 hours delay in Amsterdam waiting for our connection!
Overall - we very much enjoyed our Dubai holiday & had a lovely time :-)