My toddler is sitting in a ‘big girl’ chair, with a napkin tucked in under her chin as she munches away on a selection of delicately prepared sandwiches and cupcakes.
A member of staff diligently returns to check she’s OK, whether she would like more milk, more food, more anything, and smiles as he picks up her spoon from the floor for the third time.
We are dining in the executive lounge at the five-star Fairmont The Palm in Dubai, where nothing is too much trouble.
Rewind four weeks and I was umming and ahhing about whether ‘the Las Vegas of the Middle East’ could really be a family friendly destination. And when we told friends we were taking our not-yet-two-year-old to the UAE in October – when temperatures reach 36 degrees Celsius even though it’s winter – they said we were crazy.
But one uneventful (in a good way with a toddler) nearly seven-hour flight later, as we settled into our luxurious hotel room, I was confident we’d made the right decision. Dubai’s tourism scene is renowned for its incredibly lavish lifestyle, with its magnificent shopping malls, grand accommodation and plush restaurants.