I have been thinking long and hard about this blog and how to jot down the most amazing trip that’s why it took me a month to get this one live.
A lot of you thought that I already visited Dubai before as my sisters live there, but no this was my first visit (I know it’s terrible) I always preferred going to India whenever I get time. So, this year, our family gathered in Dubai for holidays.
Before flying to Dubai I was bit spectacle about this place and I always thought desert, scorching hot weather and bit backward. But my misconception was totally gone when I stayed there. Now I can say Dubai is one of the beautiful places I have ever been to. Their architecture, skyscrapers, and exquisite work can be seen everywhere. The main city is extremely modern but there are few places which you can say ‘old Dubai’ to enjoy an old bit of Dubai. Coming to the main issue which we all hear that women need to be all covered, but this is absolutely not true. Dubai is as modern as Singapore and London. Being modern city, Dubai adapted the western trend and accepted global fashion on a vast scale. But of course, there are few areas where you have to be a bit careful in what you wear.
Now coming to my stay, it was a very short trip so I have to utilize every minute of it. My day one in Dubai started with shopping. I was carrying fewer dresses and before flying from London I planned to buy summer dresses from Dubai itself as the weather in the UK changed and so does the collections in store.
Next day after strolling around mall of the emirates and having dinner somewhere around the Burj al-Khalifa we ended up watching mesmerizing fountain dance and laser show. I always heard about it, but how beautiful it is the one can only feel when they visit.
It would be a blunder to leave this emirate without experiencing a desert safari. So our most exciting part of the trip started from day three. It kicked off from having heavy brunch in American diner Ihop. Oh man, oh man. Their pancakes are HEAVEN.
After that, we headed towards our pick up point for desert safari which was near to Lulu mall next to mall of the emirates. Our driver was not that fast the way we thought so it took us around 45 minutes to reach the point where our safari jeeps were waiting to take us in the interior near to the camp, which was our destination but before that we have to get on the jeep which was deflated to handle the bumpy terrain. We were in a 4×4 van which can accommodate 6 people including the driver. In the beginning, the terrain was not that bumpy, but as you go deeper the wilder the drive becomes literally your butt will be floating a few inches above the seat. You have to hold your seat tight and strap yourself in. After a good 15 minutes of the crazy drive, we reached near to our camp and headed straight for the quad bikes which I must say was way too pricey because of touristy place make sure to bargain. At first, they gave us the cost 200 AED (pp) for 20 minutes which is a way to expensive. After a lot of pressure, we settled on 150 AED for half an hour. It was worth it in the end as we had our lifetime experience riding on those terrains in between massive sand dunes was just like a dream.
The sun was already set when we came back so I had difficulty taking pictures of the camp.
At this point, I felt I was stepping into one of those desert stories. There is a long table set along with carpets and cushions. In the middle of the camp, there was a stage. There are booths/ huts for drinks, food, one for henna and open air Sheesha place. Dinner was amazing they had a shish kebab to samosa and pasta. The best was barbecued lamb and chicken. Soon after the dinner, the stage was set with two sets of dancers man and women. My favourite was a fire drill. The way he was playing with fire is astonishing (I will post the video on my Instagram). And of course, the belly dancer who captured all the attention of males in the camp.
What a way to end the most beautiful day!
I must say the desert safari is the most authentic thing Dubai can offer and you must visit if you are around.
Moving on to our other days we stayed indoors during noon time as the weather was really warm. On day three we went to Jumeirah beach with our all beach essential and of course, the highest SPF sunscreen is a must. I have been to lots of beaches in the UK, but the best part of Dubai beach is that they are sand beaches and water is warm, unlike the UK. So if you a person like me who hates cold water then you must dip into Dubai beaches.
Later in the evening we went for a few drinks to the 43 four points at the Sheraton and the view was shockingly beautiful. So if you are looking for a nice chilled out place, then this is it.
Where have my rest days gone? In malls, restaurants, driving around marina bay and walking in the evening to the most happening places i.e JBR walk. If you want to see an expensive car in one go then do visit here during eve time and enjoy the view 😉
To mention, a day before my flight to London I visited my favourite American diner- Buffalo wings. Their wings are heaven on earth.
Ok, now I am hungry! Speak to you guys later…
Here are a few of the pictures…