This is a little overdue, but I wanted to share my mini guide to Dubai and some of photo’s from our recent four day stay in Dubai on our way over to Pakistan before Christmas.
We stayed in the Premier Inn Dubai Airport T3 for four nights (as it’s my company) and we were very impressed by the hotel. As is everything in Dubai, it was much more luxurious than a UK PI, it had marble floors throughout, a rooftop pool, gym and spa. We stayed there as we got a really good rate and it was close to the airport and offered free transfers to all the key attractions in the city throughout the day. If we didn’t have that option, I think the most desirable place to stay in Dubai would have to be the Palm Jumeira resort which has its own souk, beach, restaurants and river taxi’s. The whole area is very beautiful and there is a great view of the Burj-Al-Arab from most angles.
If you’re not staying at a resort with it’s own beach there are plenty or private and public beaches that you can go and visit including Jumeira Beach, Mazmar Beach park and plenty others. We had to go to Jumeria Beach to see the original Burj Al Arab and for the iconic photo opportunity. One thing to mention for any British tourists is that on the public beaches there can be a lot of unwanted staring from local young men not used to seeing Western women, let alone wearing a bikini. At the beach parks there are specific ladies-only days where you don’t have to worry about unwanted glances, or you can pay a small fee and go to a privately owned beach where you won’t find this problem.
On our second day we made our way into the city to see the Dubai Mall, where you could easily spend a whole day shopping and looking around. Seriously it is HUGE, bigger than any shopping mall I have ever seen before.
Probably the no.1 attraction of Dubai, you have to go and see the Burj-Khalifa – the tallest building in the world. It’s really worth buying a ticket (before you travel to the UAE) to go to the top as the views are amazing. We went to the top at around 3pm and we were lucky enough to catch the start of the sunset whilst at the top which cast beautiful orange shadows over the city as the sun went down.
Another one of my top three things to do in Dubai is to watch the Dubai Fountain display, starting at 6pm every evening outside of the Dubai Mall. The display is out of this world amazing, timed to music the fountain bursts jets of water 150m into the air and it’s a beautiful sight. I didn’t take photo’s of it, but here is a link to a short insta video H took of it, here.
The best activity we did was a Desert Safari trip which takes you out into the depths of the desert from 2pm-9pm. When you’re in the desert they take you dune driving in specially adapted 4×4’s and then they take you to a site where you can ride camels, quadbikes over the dunes, get henna tattoos, watch a live bellydancer and then have a feast cooked right there in the camp.
It was a brilliant afternoon/evening and an insight in to how the Arab’s of the past might have roamed the deserts. One small tip about riding a camel is hold on tight and be prepared when they stand up or sit down! There is no warning and they jolt up into the air and fall to there knees really fast. I very nearly fell off the camel at one point – if it wasn’t for H grabbing my waist I might have had a bad fall ha, but other than that I loved the camel ride, it’s something I’d never done before and it’s so peaceful wandering around the desert seeing nothing but sand and the sunset in the distance..
Lastly, a site not to be missed is to go to the Palm Jumeira and see the Atlantic City Hotel. It is Dubai’s grandest hotel and the area surrounding it is beautiful.
I was only planning on writing a little and using more images in this post but somehow I failed so sorry about the heftiness of this post. I will be creating a Pakistan Guide/Photo Diary as well soon, so if you’re interested please come check back soon.