Dubai was a true experience. I was already in Abu Dhabi because of work. I was able to get a ride with my one of my colleagues and 1.5 hours later we were in Dubai. However there are buses that can easily get you between the cities.
SN: I highly recommend visitng Abu Dhabi if you are in the region. It is quieter than Dubai but I enjoyed it very much. Not to mention the Sheikh Zayed Mosque is a must visit. It is truly beautiful, one of those places where pictures don’t do it justice no matter how many pictures you have seen. The Emirates place is also pretty majestic. The architecture is breath taking. It is also where Sex and the City 2 was shoot.
From Dubai there is so much to see. Here is my 3 day Itinerary
I first checked into my hotel- Atana, The location was good and close enough to all major attractions. My cousin was waiting for me and quickly headed out to our first sight the MALL. The hotel provides a free shuttle to the Emirates mall so we jumped on thinking it was Dubai mall. After arriving at Emirates mall I quickly realized this is not where we were suppose to be- I could tell by the size and pictures. Emirates mall was smaller but had some great shops and we instantly started shopping. If you would like a more quiet experience I recommend the Emirates mall.
The Dubai mall is the Godfather of all malls. It has a built in aquarium, movie theater, ice skating ring and home to almost every brand on the planet. I was very impressed by all the brands, from Chanel to H&M they have it all. It was extremely tempting not to buy everything.
After the Mall we went to Burf Khalifa which is attached to the mall. Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world. We bought tickets to the 148 level which also gives you access to the 125 floor, this cost about AED 370 which is about 100 USD. For a less price you can go to the 125 which is also nice. Being on the the 148 level I felt like we were in the clouds. It’s crazy to think this building is man-made.
Budget Saver: Prices are less when you visit after 19:00 anything before is prime hours and you pay more.
After taking in the views we went down to watch the light show right outside the mall and Burj Khalifa. It is a short show which last about 5 minutes.
Next morning, we woke up fresh and ready to go. We booked a Desert Safari Tour with our hotel which we needed to be back by 3 so we took advantage of the day. The first half of the day we headed to Palm Island. Palm Island is a man made Island where many hotels, are located. For that adventure we took public transportation. Public Transportation was easy to navigate, so if you are on budget I recommend it.
To be quiet honest I was not impress with the Palm Island we had to take a separate metro to get unto Palm Island and it does not give you a good view of the island. The metro takes you to Atlantis which is located at the head of the island. Atlantis has an outdoor water-park, NOBU (resturant) and an aquarium. If you do not plan on doing any of these activities I would suggest, don’t not waste your time.
The Desert Safari was amazing. I truly enjoyed the experience. We paid about 60 euros a person in which they pick you up, give you DUNE ride of the safari, dinner, and entertainment. The drivers pick us up at the hotel, the safari is about 40 mins away from the hotel. The Dune ride was a wild one but well worth it. I like thrills so the higher the jump the more exciting. However some girls behind us got a little sick from all the motions. The dune ride lasted pretty long. From there we arrived in the camp where you could get a small Henna or pay for a larger one, we had dinner which I did not like (the food was bland) and we had entertainment- belly dancing and fire breathers.
A must Do!
My flight as well as my cousins were at 1 & 3 in the morning we didn’t want to over do it on Day 3. So we spent it at Old Dubai and the Beach.
Old Dubai and Gold Souk was very interesting. Leaving behind posh Dubai and walking into Old Dubai is very different. Old Dubai is not as built up and allows you to see how to see another side of the city. The Gold Souk was filled with stores shining in gold, a spice market and stores with souvenirs. I bought souvenirs and some gold plated bangles.
Warning the Gold souk is filled with men that are super aggressive to sell you stuff. It was three of us women and they didn’t stop putting their merchandise on us, calling and border line yelling for us to come their way.
Next we headed to Jumeriah Beach. It was September so Dubai is hot with temperature going to 100 F. However we took the metro and went for a quick swim. After that we headed back to the hotel into the pool, Needless to say we tired ourselves out! By the time we got back to the room it was time for a shower, dinner and off to the airport.
Dubai is beautiful, everything is bigger, better and quicker. It is an experience! Share you experiences and thoughts with me!