Talk about not being happy to be home! Just as the weather was dipping near zero, we returned from our fun in the desert sun! Good time for a recap.
We had a great trip and getting a break from the winter was just perfect. The temperature there could not have been more ideal - hot but not humid with lots of sun.
For those that were wondering, it felt extremely safe. The rules around conservative dress were very lax from what I saw so my concerns about wardrobe were needless.
Dubai was extremely child friendly. Not only were children welcomed wherever we went but there were facilities for them. Playspaces in every mall, high chairs at every restaurant, changing tables virtually anywhere we wanted one. Because of that, it made for a very relaxing and enjoyable trip where we got to visit a new place and have lots of fun family time.
Dubai was a lot more westernized than I expected. There were more of the american + european chains than I ever expected to find despite anticipating the giant malls. As a result, it made for a very easy trip but not a particularly horizon expanding one. That was totally fine by us but I think its important to note that this is probably not the most ideal place to visit if you want to get a taste of Emirati or Middle Eastern culture. Not to say I couldn't have found more culturally important experiences if I had sought them out more strenuously but I think its safe to say Dubai is a city for foreigners. Instead we relaxed into the tourist trap of it all and just had a fun time.
Sadly it was over too soon and we are back freezing our toes off in New York. Countdown to the next vacation - DISNEY!