Hello Hello Hello Everyone,
I know I promised you that I would post all about our trip to Dubai, so I decided that it was best to break it down for any of you who are going or even thinking of visiting as Dubai is a place that is just so unique and has so many breath taking views.
The seventh most visited city in the world, with its glittering skyline, man-made islands, massive shopping malls, and luxury hotels. While there are many reasons why you should choose Dubai for your next vacation (like ascending the Burj Khalifa, sky diving over the Palm Jumeriah, and indulging in Friday brunch, just to name a few) I thought it best to tell you all about what we got up to and what I would recommend doing whilst you are here. There really is so much to do in Dubai it’s hard to know where to start.
- In my opinion there’s no best place to stay, Dubai is so spread out that no one area is in walking distance of other. Its a place where you need a taxi to get around so before you book accommodation you need to figure out do you want to be city based or close to a beach? Do you want a modern area or traditional and is a pool important etc. This time around we stayed in the TRYP By Wyndham in the Barsha Heights which was pretty much central in terms of the beach, marina and malls. This little gem is a brand new hotel, with beautiful rooms and very polite and friendly staff. It is a five minute walk from the Dubai Internet City metro station and there is also a super shuttle bus service that will bring guests to the Mall, Beach or other points in downtown Dubai. The chill bar was great, a really nice to relax whilst listening to music, with two big swings just in the door way for the ‘big kids’ great fun. It was a great place to stay and one I would definitely recommend to someone visiting Dubai.
- OK, let’s get the obvious out of the way early, there are a lot of skyscrapers in Dubai. Whether you’re Downtown around the Burj Khalifa (the tallest man made structure on earth), or down at the Marina, home to 4 of the 5 tallest residential buildings in the world (pictured), you’re never too far away from a pretty amazing view.
- With such a diverse population, there is a spectacular range of food styles available in the city. With hundreds of Arab-Persian-Indian-Pakistani-Filipino-French-Japanese-Chinese-British, and American restaurants, both humble and high-end, there’s something for everyone. Throw in the array of food festivals that happen throughout the year and the stream of pop-up eateries and it’s no wonder people talk about newbies putting on the ‘Dubai stone’.
- Sun, Sea and Sand – This is another pretty obvious one, but definitely one of the main draws for visitors. With more than 300 days of sunshine per year and over 1,000km of coastline, you’re never too far away from getting your tan on. I personally love the JBR Beach, it has everything that a tourist would need, a beautiful beach, spectacular views, an amazing choice of food and some quirky stores for all your shopping needs.
- It’s a Shopper’s Paradise – Home to the biggest mall in the world (the imaginatively titled Dubai Mall) and with high-end retail locations seemingly on every corner, it’s no surprise that visitors come to Dubai from far and wide for a bit of retail therapy. While many countries have January Sales after Christmas, Dubai has a month-long shopping festival with concerts and giveaways where shoppers can win cars and gold.
- Friday ‘Brunches’ – Not a brunch in the traditional sense – brunches in Dubai are more of an over-indulgent all-you-can-eat, all-you-can-drink mega feast. We choose to go to Zero Gravity as this was my moms first time to experience a Dubai brunch and had one of the best days out of the whole trip.
So there you have it, Dubai is full of so much to see and do that even in a week, there is not nearly enough time to see everything that it has in store. So for anyone of you who are visiting any time soon, you’re in for a real treat!
Glam Meets Girl x