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Mud Kitchens UAE

Happy days. The mercury is finally falling and we're heading outside. It's without doubt the best time of year here in the UAE and there is no better feeling than letting our pent up kids run free with some quality garden time.

We're big fans of good old fashioned fun and messy play here at Saffron Souk and so local small brand, Mud Kitchens UAE is right up our street. This family run business designs and makes an original collection of wooden outdoor toys to inspire creative play, including mud kitchens, workbenches and painting easels.

Go on, get the kids outside. As the experts at Mud Kitchens UAE say, it's not just fun, it's good for them!

Meet Mud Kitchens UAE

Mud Kitchens UAE is a boutique family run business. We design and manufacture beautiful wooden mud kitchens and other outdoor toys for children.

From playing on iPads to watching television, children seem to be spending more and more time indoors. The increase in numbers of children spending a predominate amount of time inside has led to numerous studies being published highlighting the negative impact this is having on their health and development.

"Children who regularly play outside are happier, healthier, more confident and less anxious"

At the same time, research has also discovered that children who regularly play outdoors are happier, healthier, more confident and less anxious.

Our aim is to provide hand built, fun and educational outdoor toys that encourage children to leave technology aside and play outside – it’s not just fun, it’s good for them!

Mud Kitchens UAE started with a move to a new home and remembering one of my dearest childhood memories – playing with a mud kitchen in my grandparents’ garden about 30 years ago in Germany. I wanted my children to experience the same fun I had getting messy and creative whilst using natural materials available in our garden. And really, there isn’t a better place to get messy than the outdoors.

After my husband (aka Mr. Mud Kitchen) built a mud kitchen for our children we received a few enquiries asking if we could also build them for other families. We liked the idea of spreading the mud kitchen fun and got in touch with the Saffron Souk team to open an online shop that also covers the legal requirements. Accounts on Instagram and Facebook helped us being noticed. Within 2 weeks we were all set and ready to accept our first orders. We have been busy ever since and we are extremely happy that our products found many fans in such a short time.

We just celebrated our 1st birthday so it’s the perfect time to thank our customers and Saffron Souk for all the support over the last year.

The talent behind the brand

Mud Kitchens UAE is run by us - Essam and Sandy – husband and wife. We design, source all materials and built the kitchens. We both have corporate backgrounds but love wood and creating things.

"There is nothing more rewarding than receiving photos from our little customers playing with one of our products"

The inspiration for our products comes from watching our 2 children grow up, our own childhood memories but also from photos our customers send us.

There is nothing more rewarding than receiving photos from our little customers playing with one of our products.

The collection

Mud Kitchens UAE started (as the name suggests) with Mud Kitchens. We offer a range of different kitchen models to suit everyone’s budget and space. To make the kitchens we use quality, solid wood from Germany and a paint which protects the kitchens against UV light and water.

Though mud kitchens remains our most popular product we soon realized that our customers are also interested in other wooden outdoor toys – often to compliment the mud kitchen or as a matching set.

We have since added workbenches, Plexiglas easels, giant scales and sandpits to our product range. All our products are made to order and can be customized in size and color.

In addition, our mud kitchens can also be personalized with a name or message. We introduced working faucets as mud kitchens accessory recently which already proofed to be very popular.


Lessons learned

There were of course a few challenges in our first year – something we expected in particular as Mud Kitchens UAE wasn't a long planned project/small business.

We learned from trials and errors, feedback and lots of research. We believe it ultimately comes down to being unique, setting your priorities and knowing where you want to go – this was something that took us some time to figure out but we think we are now on the right path and are very much looking forward to seeing what our second year has in store.

Future plans

Dream big they say – and so we do. There are many things in the pipeline but without revealing too much too soon we are very eager to expand our wooden kids product range and also decrease the lead time. We hope you follow us on our journey.

Every one of Mud Kitchens UAE's fabulous products is custom made to order. If you're hoping to put a mud kitchen under your tree this year, order now to guarantee a pre-Christmas delivery.