There is no way you could see all the magic of Dubai in just one visit but I challenge you to try! We were lucky to be there for quite a bit. My husband suffers from seasonal allergies and the desert is the best place to escape. Growing up in New York and then moving to Moscow, I missed a lot of the western shops, restaurants and overall culture. I got a dose of it Dubai. It feels like a city built on someone’s imagination of what a melting pot of cuisines, adapted cultures and endless entertainment would feel like; which is probably very close to the reality of how this magnificent place came to be. The only negative I can think of is that you have to drive everywhere. I need a place I can comfortably explore by foot, otherwise it takes the fun out of travelling to a new city, at least for me.
Other than that I loved everything about this place. I loved that I never felt how I frequently feel walking outside, being gawked at every other block. I know most if not all of you can relate. No one payed me any mind and it was so freeing. Of course I dressed more covered up, but I always dress that way so it wasn’t a big change for me. Also you kind of have to cover up if you are inside because they turn the AC right up. The food was great, too, and may I remind you that the Dubai Mall is the largest in the world? The variety of local designers to choose from is what I appreciated the most. For a long time I had been on the hunt for some turbans, and I finally found them here. If you read my post on turbans, you know that my love for them runs deep.
Dubai is one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It counts Abu Dhabi as one of its neighbors, along with Sharjah and the Sultanate of Oman. In the past 20 years it has experienced immense growth. It is the city that hasn’t stopped construction work in decades, which is why if you visited even five years ago, now it’s sure to be a totally new experience. This city is one of extremes, from housing the tallest building in the world (Burj Khalifa), and the largest artificial islands (the Palm Islands) to the largest natural flower garden, the Miracle Garden. You can rent a dune buggy and discover the Arabian Desert, explore the many souks and maybe even get in on a little bargaining action, or enjoy what the center of this cosmopolitan destination has to offer. You can also ski, yes you read that correctly! Now why would you want to ski when you came for a desert-climate vacation? I have no idea, but it’s nice to know you have the option. And if you do ski, then you can really appreciate the Saint Moritz cafe that is located right outside the ski slope entrance in the Dubai Mall, it’s super cute.
We were of course interested to have lunch at the At.mosphere Restaurant at the top of the Burj Khalifa tower. Food was good, nothing I can really rave about – but when the expectations are high, is it ever really amazing? What was amazing was the service, and I’m not just talking about At.mosphere, but everywhere in Dubai. Next time we come I definitely am lusting to stay at the Armani Hotel inside the Burj Khalifa. So, so beautiful.
Just outside the Burj Khalifa you have the Burj Khalifa Lake, which includes the Dubai Fountain, or the singing fountain. Fun fact: it is the world’s largest choreographed fountain system. This is one thing you must experience, no video, smartphone or professional, can compare to seeing this in real life. Here is the view from the top, and of the square.
Overall it was an amazing experience, I feel very lucky to have it as a memory that I can share with all of you. Have you ever been to Dubai or another city that you think I should put on my bucket list? I would love to know!