It’s been a good eight weeks here! But we are all ready to go home and enjoy non-sweltering weather — we have literally been counting down the days. Every day I get home from work and yell “Mom! ____ more days!!” The last few free days in Dubai we hit up these spots: the textile souk nearby the Abra harbor, the Sofitel hotel for a day at the pool, a speedboat tour around the harbor,…

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Uhhhhh really no words to describe today, except unbelievable. Oh and unbelievably hot. I’ve honestly never been more physically uncomfortable, because we were in 100+ degree weather AND there was 70% humidity AND we were wearing full-coverage abayas over our clothes AND mom almost passed out from heat stroke, BUT I’d venture to say it was totally worth it? So stunning.      

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We drove down to Abu Dhabi (just 90 minutes away on a bus!) for the weekend to see the sights… such a beautiful city! We visited Corniche Beach for its beautiful white sand, Heritage Village, The Louvre, Emirates Palace which is straight-up out of Aladdin, and Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

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Best evening in Dubai, hands down! We went on an AirBnb ‘experience’ – a camel ride and dune safari in the desert! It was so inexpensive, given the hours of fun we had and the mountains of food we enjoyed… such a great day with my fam!

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This was such a special time because my family came for a week and a half over my birthday!! Every year, I take photos on my birthday in this blue dress (and have been since I was 3 mo old!) It has seen so many places around the world and it’s a very special tradition that I hope my daughter will do too someday… Click here and here for other blue dress shoots in previous…

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