Abu Dhabi UAE

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Britt Wilks-Lingam

Mom of 2

Age : 10 year old boy and 6 year old girl

Resident for : 4 years

Profession: Managing Director of Aliya Trading FZC, the GCC distributors of 2 family focused brands, Four Cow Farm organic skin care from Australia & RICE home wares from Denmark www.fourcowfarm.com, www.rice.dk

#1 Travel Tip: The Big Bus tour visits pretty much all the sites you are going to want to see and can be used over 2 days. It's cheaper than a cab and very convenient.

About Abu Dhabi, UAE :

Abu Dhabi  is the capital and the second most populous city in the United Arab Emirates (after Dubai). Visitors to Abu Dhabi will find that it’s a quieter and perhaps more elegant city than Dubai and a lovely way to gain some insight into Arabic culture. Abu Dhabi has beautiful resorts as well as mosques offering both relaxing and cultural experiences for families.

GET TO KNOW Britt

Tell us about your life growing up in your city.

Abu Dhabi is safe, clean & social. Older children can be fairly independent in a safe environment. The pace of living is slower than other big cities around the world and this suits us at this stage of life. You need to look a little outside the box for entertainment ideas, but half the fun is in discovering them.

What do you love most about living in your city?

We are never lost for things to do on a weekend. From nature activities, to cultural attractions to theme parks, malls, movies & dining options Abu Dhabi has plenty to offer a family.

What’s one Abu Dhabi-ism/Cultural quirk? 

Waiting in line for fuel at a petrol station regularly takes 30-40 mins because we have so few of them (in an oil producing country)

Why is traveling important for a family?

Sharing unique experiences and creating memories forms special bonds amongst a family. The fact that my husband and I are from very different cultural backgrounds and we live in a third culture where our children study in an international school with over 80 different nationalities already benefits our children in becoming compassionate global citizens. Despite this we strongly believe that exposure to as many different life styles, cultures & traditions can only further add to this broadening of minds. Plus it’s incredibly fun to travel together as a family!

What’s the hardest thing about traveling with kids?

It used to be fitting in naps while on the go, but at the age my kids are now it’s all pleasure.

What’s your favorite family travel destination in the world?

Phuket, Maldives & South Africa.

What’s on your travel wish list?

South America

What’s one thing you do on every trip that makes traveling with kids easier?

Feed them healthy meals regularly and try to maintain a good 10+ hour a night sleep routine for them. There are few things more trying than dealing with cranky tired kids while travelling. We also let them choose activities that we do on some of the days, so they feel included in the decision making process.

Give us one song from your road trip playlist!

As a kid it was always “We All Live In A Yellow Submarine”, our family doesn’t really have one, but I think we need one!