I am so excited to be able to announce that I and the other talent bloggers and staff of my agency, Bloggerati by Nuffnang, are headed to Dubai! In what is the first Australian and international tourism board partnership of its kind, the 21 talent bloggers will be sharing our photos, videos and stories of the many and varied aspects of this vibrant city. Dubai Tourism and Nuffnang have crafted an incredible experience that is sure to be an inspiration not only for Australian travellers as a whole, but for future digital campaigns. To read all about this upcoming adventure and see who is coming along, check out the full media release here.
Thinking of this adventure thrills me because I find that it is hard to work for oneself within an industry like blogging. While it is a community-based profession, the interaction is generally entirely online. Despite quite a few of the other Bloggerati being based in Melbourne, we don’t often all get together. I should rephrase that, we rarely ever get together and never once has it involved a camel ride. With such a wide talent pool in the Bloggerati featuring experts in fashion, parenting, food, home and craft, it is so important to spend time in the same room. Ideas are born and grow quickly when they are brought up and nurtured with so many influences. What better way to get creativity flowing through an online world of content creators than to be inspired by the sights, sounds and other sensations of a fantastic location like Dubai!
The last time I was in Dubai was 2006 and the world’s tallest building was just getting started. Motherhood for me at the time was also just beginning and travelling with a toddler limited what we could experience. Now the Burj Dubai is called the Burj Khalifa and stands completed well above the clouds. With all my kids at school, this time I am going to be free to try anything Dubai has to offer! While almost every weekend there is a cultural event hosted there, I am most looking forward to capturing the everyday lives of the communities and experiencing the Dubai that is beyond just the landmark buildings. Maybe I will get to take in a bit of the Dubai International Film Festival that happens every December. I will definitely have my camera out and photograph the brilliant atmosphere of the souqs with their gold, spices and textiles on offer. Of course I will be sharing all those images not only here on the blog, but as they happen via Instagram. You can see the incredible sights, hidden gems and more by following the #MyDubai streams on social media.
Look at how cute and tiny baby Gemma was in Dubai! Look at how little grey hair my husband had! I can still remember how warm and inviting that water was.
The best part of all is that we will have one reader (and their friend) coming with us on the Bloggerati Getaway to Dubai! No really, that includes flights (from the nearest Australian capital city), accommodation and activities! This is a massive opportunity for Australian residents only, so read on for the details and check here for the full T&C.
To be in with a chance to join us all on this epic adventure, you must answer the question; ‘What do you dream of in Dubai?’ via social media (either on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) with a written answer, a photo or a video! Tag your creative entry with both of the following, #NNDubaiDreams and #mydubai and ensure that your post is listed as public so it is visible!