10 crazy things about The Green Planet Dubai

10 crazy things about the @thegreenplanetdubai that you should know😍

1. In the centre stands a 35 m tree- which is world’s largest man made life-sustaining tree!

2. There are more than 3000 species of flora and fauna at The green planet- crazy right😍.

3.The only place in Dubai to see a sloth and an iguana along with many other reptiles- some you’d spot right next to you!

4. Beautiful birds fly from one end to the other freely- they enjoy teasing the visitors – super naughty ones! So watch on😂.

5. You can absolutely hold a snake in here! They recently added huge ones too- They eat rats and mice as their scrumptious meals- fancy yeah!

6. The humidity is set at 70% higher than normal levels, and temperatures stay between 77°F and 82°F- so once inside you’ll get total feels of a rainforest- that’s how the plants and animals stay in there- its Home.

7. To get to the tree, you need to cross a rope bridge from an outer platform. There are plenty of them on each floor for you to enjoy the thrill! Don’t worry, they’re safe ✅.

8. An indoor beautiful waterfall is also connected to the tree and you walk right next to it under a bridge- such a magical experience for kids especially:).

9. If you’re thinking why was it created, The real goal of the Green Planet, (which offers various educational programs as well- check their website for details )is to be a space where Dubai’s residents — young and old — can learn about wildlife. Every spot has illustrations and details to learn along with interactive screens to learn more.

10- February offers are great for this month! AED120 Adult | AED99 child

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For more adventures!https://www.instagram.com/p/B8F7uyJBBtq/?igshid=cbpytuafh6ds

What do you guys think!?

Do’s and Don’ts for Global Village Dubai with kids this season

We absolutely enjoyed our visit so I thought of writing a few pointers that might help you!

1. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. I almost died watching some mummies in high heels🤦🏻‍♀️.

2. Carry warm jackets- it does get cold later at night.

3. Carry cash with you- ATM’s remain full and it will just waste your time. Most of the stalls don’t have card machine facilities.

4. Avoid standing in ques and purchase tickets online. Kids below 3 are free.

5. I would’nt recommend shopping there as I found almost everything more expensive than the usual. Everything is available at Dragon mart🙈 on lesser prices.

6. Go there and enjoy food and rides! The street stalls having amazing options! Curly chips, churros, Bosnian kebabs, corn – and so much more!

7. Don’t carry too many things for kids along. water and snacks are easily available for regular prices. Stay light as you have to walk alot!

8. Global village starts 4 pm and as it’s fully packed nowadays – reach early to avoid long waiting lines.

9. I’d highly recommend you to pay 50aed for valet parking if you’re with kids- that’s worth spending as you get to park right nearest to the entrance. Life saver! And easy to exit too.

10. It was unfortunate for me to spot a crying lost child that I handed to the security. Please be vigilant! Or put wrist bands with you phone number on kids incase they get lost.

11. Don’t miss the coconut icecream guys! It was so yummy!

12. Pavilion wise- still didn’t get a chance to see all- but Africa is not to be missed!

If you’re visiting UAE- pls don’t miss going to the global village- you need an entire day for it!

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Am I missing anything? What would your list of recommendation be like for others- food to try? Activities? Pavilion?

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Our 5 favorite Muslim Cartoons on Youtube!

As parents we all know how hard it is to resist technology use at home. Our kids constantly need to watch cartoons and play games whether having food or during long traveling journeys. Tablets and phones are our helping hand in parenting. As a mother, I’m constantly hunting Muslim content that Nayel could watch. Kids are like sponges, they are absorbing everything they see around. I want him to learn the best of our deen. I thought of writing a blogpost on my top 5 favorite Muslim cartoons on youtube that Nayel enjoys. Hope your kids will like them too 🙂

1. Omar and Hana: our absolute current favorite – and the best part- we recently met the team of Omar and Hana on their visit to Dubai! Nayel also got toys from them! Omar and Hana are available in English along with Malay- and more languages coming up soon!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC178EmfQAV3OT-UpuO6WUMg

2. Zaky and Friends-

One of the firsts we started with! Love their cartoon stories on Prophets!

https://www.youtube.com/user/wwwone4kidsnet

3. Abdul Bari ( Urdu/Hindi)

There were introduced to Nayel by his grandfather when he was just 6 months old. They are in Urdu and very detailed- well written cartoons on islamic lifestyle- I would highly recommend!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpITdHWi-M3rVKX4L2TP0AQ

4. Islamic kids video- Stories from Quran.

These one- even I listen to whenever I start a new Surah! Extremely amazing!!!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvWyP-vFhlS1-XENpD6w68A

5. Quaid se Batein:

This is not an Islamic one but amazing urdu cartoons for Pakistani kids! Culturally appropriate and great topics covered! Nayel enjoys watching them!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5s8STnSC2SMsg09uFSfq7g

I hope your kids will enjoy these! Please leave me a comment if you’re already watching these or any other that I should be adding in my list for Nayel!

JazakAllah khair! ❤️

Bhindi Sabzi Masala

We love making vegetable curries! Bhindi ( okra) is our all time favorite sabzi – and I like mine with lots of tomatoes !! This is my recipe which requires little oil as I don’t believe in deep frying the bhindi. The reason our ami’s fried bhindi was to remove the sticky lace from it- but hey!! Here’s a hack! Squeeze in some lemon juice and viaola- no lace in there.

Please try this super easy recipe and if you get to make it- do share your feedback!

Ingredients:

-Oil 1 tbs

-Bhindi (Okra) ½ kg

-Onion Sliced 2- 3

– Garlic Chopped 1 tbs ( I usually do this andaze se$

-Hari mirchien – 2-3 chopped

-Tomatoes Chopped 2-3

-Namak to taste

-Haldee powder to taste

– Coriander powder ½ tsp

-Lal mirch powder (Red chilli powder) 1 tsp or to taste

-Lemon juice 1-2 tbs

-Qasuri methi (Dried fenugreek leaves) ¼ tsp

-Hari mirch (Green chilies) 2-3

-Hara dhania (Green coriander)

Directions:

-In pan,add little oil,okra and fry for 4-5 minutes – squeeze in the lemon juice – and set aside.

-In the same pan,add 2 tbsp oil and onion,fry until translucent.

-Add garlic and green chilis ,mix well.

-Add tomatoes,salt,turmeric powder,coriander powder,cumin powder,red chili powder, red chilies and mix well until tomatoes are soft. ( achaye se bhono) – you will get that aroma- ahh

-Add stir fried okra and mix well.

-Add dried fenugreek leaves,green chilies,green coriander – give it some dam- and serve hot with rotis!

Inspired by @foodfusionpakistan-

5 things that I learned from my recent trip to Pakistan

With a super messy house around , I’m sitting with my 3rd mug of chaye here- Nayel and Haya playing and I thought of sharing 5 things that I learned from my recent trip to Pakistan:

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1. Travel. Don’t be scared of going around. Don’t wait for tomorrow or when your kids will grow up. Or when you will have a lot of savings. Plan for now and do it. You never know what tomorrow brings for you and parentings just keeps getting harder. Today is the right time.

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2. Start with your own country- you will be shocked how beautiful your own hometown is. Start small. We always save to travel big. Start from your local place. Visit local cafes. Explore culture and take it simple. Great stories and hidden in simple things.

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3. Take out a moment to speak to local people. On my visit to Northern Pakistan- I happened to visit a school- I was shocked how everyone spoke in English – how grateful , welcoming and hospitable they were.

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4. Enjoy local small road side cafes and their food. Invest time to search for their own fruits and vegetables- and try those! You will be amazed on the flavour and sometimes won’t even know they exist!

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5. If possible- stay longer. Plan less places and explore more. Stay there. Look at their daily lives. Walk around the beautiful streets and visit local museums. Pray in small mosques and buy roadside souvenirs instead of going into fancy malls.

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My trip exploring my own country has awaken a travel lust in me. Living in Dubai- I haven’t ever been to the local places and cultural sites. And that’s where I will start now. Alhamdullilah for the changing weather- I cannot wait to be a tourist in my own city- Dubai!

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If you know of cultural places in Dubai- please write them below.

Can you relate to any of the 5 above? What do you enjoy the most in a foreign county?

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