I was in Festival City on Tuesday, the day before UAE Day, but it felt as if the celebrations had already begun.
It's not the best photo ever, but I was pretty darn proud of it. I thought of sending it in to the Khaleej Times or Gulf News, but thought better of it when I realized that do so would probably entail more effort than I was willing to undertake. So there it sits above, on this lonely blog.
As we walked along outside, however, we found that things had started to really come together at Festival City.
People were out in force, and the Disney Princess stage show brought huge crowds into the mall. We only caught the tail end of the 4pm show.
Luckily we there were a few attractions outside to keep us occupied until 6pm, or at least 5:30pm.
Eventually it was time for the stage show. I had managed, even arriving a half hour early, only to get a spot about eighty feet from the stage, but luckily a kind local offered to let my oldest daughter sit with his wife and children in the pit in front of the stage.
I can't say I understood what the story was supposed to be, but the singing and dancing Disney characters were a revelation for my daughter, who has not been able to talk of anything else since.
I think Disney hit it out of the park with their Princesses brand.