You may call this a travel guide if you like, but I feel that there is so much more to this city that “Dubai in Snapshots” seems to be the most suitable title.
So, it has been pretty long since I posted anything to my blog. I can go on and on about various reasons that kept me busy but instead of all that let’s just get to the good stuff. Those of you who follow me on social media know that I visited Dubai with my family this summer. In few words I can summarize the entire Dubai experience as “breathtaking, beautiful and homely”. Homely because my husband grew up in Dubai and I have lived in Dubai for a month in 2003 before migrating to the States.
Although there is a plethora of activities to do and places to visit, below are my top 5 must-visit places in Dubai whether you are traveling solo, with your friends or with children. These are the places you should not miss –
Burj Al Arab
Here are some of the snapshots of the city of bling –
We started our morning in Dubai with delicious brunch at one of the corner restaurants with this beautiful view from where we sat. We stayed in downtown exactly parallel to the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa. Our hotel was Al-Murooj Rotana and was a five-star hotel with amenities and hospitality that could surpass all the five-star hotels in the States. We got a great deal due to their Ramadan month, much less than what you would normally pay in U.S. I highly recommend this place as it is in the center of the city and walking distance to the Dubai Mall.
We were scheduled for desert safari on the very first day and had no idea what we were in for. I did not get a chance to get a picture of the dune bash but this is how it works – one of the drivers from the desert safari team picks your group from your hotel and takes you right into the desert. These drivers are trained to drive in the desert and perform stunts. It was like a real life roller coaster, at one point I felt like I was in a James Bond movie. The whole experience was thrilling and my 7-year old had a blast! Once we reached the middle of the desert they gave us time to take pictures and all other activities such as camel ride, horse ride, desert mobile etc. followed by live performances by several different artists and belly dancers and a delicious dinner. All in the middle of the desert!
I asked him to give me a good pose and said I am going to put it up on the internet for thousands of people to see. He was more than happy to pose for me and said write good stuff about Dubai. How amazing and what a nice guy!
Of course, you can’t miss the iconic 7-star hotel Burj-Al-Arab. I highly recommend the high tea there if your budget allows you. We mainly did sightseeing on the Jumeirah beach followed by sightseeing on the palm which is known as the man-made island then Dubai marina, and Sheikh’s palace.
I love this picture of me and my daughter sitting on top of the world (well it’s the tallest structure in the world) and hearing all about her dreams and her silly ideas!
Can you see the details in the ceiling? They were simply beautiful!
Dubai Marina night view – taken while enjoying dinner on one of the dhow cruises. It’s a 2-3 hour cruise where they provide dinner and entertainment, but we mostly loved the night view.
The picture above is taken while crossing Dubai creek in the old town. We were on our way to the Gold Souk.
That’s me getting some shopping done and blowing my hubby’s bank balance at the Gold Souk. Now, don’t blame me if I buy me 22K gold jewelry. You just don’t bring your lady to the Gold Souk if you don’t let her shop some baubles! Am I right?
I loved seeing American stores in Dubai and there were so many of them. I also loved the ones that catered to the locals there because that is where I would find unique designs that you would normally not find in the U.S. or in India.
During this 5-day trip, I met so many different people and heard all about their journeys and how they ended up in Dubai. It was a great experience! One specific person I will always remember is the beautiful lady who sat beside me in our hotel lobby on our very last day. She was breathtakingly beautiful with beautiful gray eyes and silky long auburn hair; wish I had taken a selfie with her. She was in her late 30’s and had migrated from Iran 10 years back and I still remember her words “I will never leave Dubai, at-least not completely. I’ll always have some business here; it’s a land of opportunity! This city has given me so much more than I could ever imagine. Do you read in the newspaper about its massive growth? I’d be a fool to give it all up if I go back”.
Well, I couldn’t agree more! I might as well have to keep taking stopovers here whenever I go to India!
Thanks for coming on this virtual trip with me! Hope you liked it.