Dubai is known for its wealth, hospitality, tall buildings, modern architectures, sand dunes and the rich sheikhs. It is a city in the United Arab Emirates located on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf. So, here’s how I enjoyed my Travel to Dubai.
It is believed that Dubai is a conservative city with strict laws of the royal rulers; however, none of them is true. Yes, the laws in U.A.E. are strict and scary; at least, I was very careful when I visited Dubai. Anyhow, this city had charmed me by its architecture, cleanliness, smooth roads and well maintained small water canals and the greenery. So here’s how I planned my travel to Dubai, places to visit and things to do.
Me and my husband took the flight from New Delhi International Airport in the middle of the night which was really taxing as we were too sleepy and the immigration queue was really long (suggestion: reach the airport at least 3 hours earlier for international flights).
We reached Dubai at around 5am (Dubai time). After crossing through the immigration counters, we proceeded to the exit of the airport and take the cab to Four Points by Sheraton, Bur Dubai (South Dubai).
Our hotel room was huge and very very nice. I looked over the window and saw tall buildings, clean roads and a few people on the roads. We took some rest, had the brunch and were all ready to explore Dubai…..
We took a walk around our hotel and were exploring Dubai. We ended up at Bur Jurman Mall, which was just across the block. It was nice and we found a place to sit and enjoy our lunch over here. I was so excited to see the luxury and high street fashion stores over here and I did checked out a few. After that, we took a cab and explored Deira City Center Shopping Mall. It was a huge shopping center with fashion, electronics and department stores. I finally did my first shopping from here. 😀
In the evening, we had booked our Dinner at Dhow Cruise, a traditional boat, for entertainment on the Dubai Creek. The combination of sightseeing, fine dining and contemporary music was wonderful. We were seated on the top deck by a staff member and were welcomed with refreshing drinks. We could enjoy the 360-degree view of the creek with live entertainment including singing, dancing, etc. After a thrilling dance show we were served the delicious gourmet cuisine freshly prepared on the cruise. With the candle lights in the open air with elegant decor, and personalized service—-it became quite a romantic evening.
We came back to our hotel after that, with loads of pictures and amazing experience.
It was time to explore Dubai. We were booked for the City Tour. Our taxi came to pick us at 9:30 in the morning.
Our first stop was – Dubai Creek. It separates the city into two towns with “Deira” to the north and “Bur Dubai” to the south. The creek has been an influential element in the city’s growth, first attracting settlers here to fish and pearl dive.
Dubai Creek dividing the city
To travel across the creek one can either take a trip on one of the many dhows that have been restored as tourist cruise boats or take an abra (small wooden ferry) between the ferry points on the creek’s Bur Dubai and Deira banks, which would cost you AED 2 per person.
Next, we visited Sheikh Saeed Al-Maktoum House, who was the grandfather of the current ruler. His former residence has been rebuilt and restored as a museum that is a fine example of Arabian architecture. We could see many exhibits and old photographs of Dubai.
Our third stop was the famous Dubai Museum, which is housed in the Al-Fahaidi Fort. It was built to defend Dubai Creek and the fort’s walls are built out of traditional coral-blocks and held together with lime. The courtyard had several traditional boats in display and also showcasing a leaf house with a wind-tower, to keep the house cool. It was amazing to see various weaponry and musical instruments inside too. Also, there were display halls with exhibits covering various aspects of traditional Emirati lifestyle including pearl fishing and desert life, as well as some other artefacts.
Inside Dubai Museum
On the way to our next destination, the guide even showed us various biker’s café, with those amazing Harley’s and other super bikes standing out front. We even saw some pretty awesome bungalows and even royal palaces. 😀
Our next stop was Jumeirah Mosque which is considered by many to be the most beautiful of Dubai’s mosques. If you wish to see it from inside, the dress code is strictly enforced. If your dress code is not deemed suitable, they will happily lend you a long black gown to wear over your clothes and a black headscarf (for ladies).
After that, we finally reached Jumeirah Beach, which is the best destination to explore in Dubai. It had excellent facilities with plenty of sun loungers, restaurants and water-sport operators offering jet skiing. One can just look across the famous Burj Al Arab, the world’s tallest and one of the most expensive hotel in the world. It did look pretty stunning from the beach, as it is standing on its own artificial island.
Burj Al Arab; Me @ Beach
After enjoying my time at the beach, we proceeded to visit the famous Palm Jumeirah and Atlantis, the Palm. We had spent only a brief amount of time around Atlantis, as they do not let you stay there for long because of parking issues. No vehicle can be parked on the island without permission or a fine is levied.
Me @ Atlantis, The Palm
On our way back, we took the Sheikh Zayed Road, the longest road in the Emirates. Our last stop was the Dubai Mall. We were astonished to see how huge it was. I was so excited to see all of my favourite brand stores such as Alberto Guardiani, Brioni, Chloe, Dior, Donna Karen, Emilio Pucci, Missoni, Milano, Nine West, Damas, etc. I was mesmerized by the diamonds, watches and shoes, while, my husband was only interested in the electronics section. I finally did a lot of shopping from here.
We were really hungry and tired from roaming around the mall, so we went to a nice restaurant for a quick bite. Although, finding a vegetarian café was a bit of a challenge for us (as I am a vegetarian). But we somehow found a decent place where my husband had a steak and I enjoyed pasta with chocolate shake. After that, we roamed around the rest of the Dubai mall (which is like IMPOSSIBLE to see in one day).
We reached at the back of the mall, to see Dubai’s landmark building Burj Khalifa which is just next to the mall. Back on the ground, wrapping around the Burj Khalifa, are the building’s beautifully designed gardens with winding walkways.
There are plenty of water features including the Dubai Fountain. In every half hour, there is a euphoric music and water show, which is a must watch for everyone who visits Dubai. An awesome blend of music and water in sufi style. SIMPLY AMAZING…..LOVED IT. 😀 😀
Dubai Fountain Show
For most visitors a trip to the At The Top, Burj Khalifa observation deck on the 124th floor is a must-do while in the city. The entrance for that is through Dubai mall itself. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get our hands on 2 tickets for today, but we booked our tickets for our last day in Dubai. (Suggestion: Book your tickets before in advance). Later, after taxing myself with shopping, we had dinner here and then went back to our hotel.
For the next day we had some leisure time in the morning, so after breakfast we visited Deira, which is located on the northern bank of Dubai Creek. Deira is most famous for its traditional souq (market), which bustle with shoppers at all times of the day.
Firstly, we went to Deira Gold Souq, which is world-renowned as the largest gold bazaar in the world and the reason that Dubai has received the name “City of Gold”. Jewellery of all kinds is available in a variety of designs from traditional to modern and plenty of options to customise your own design. There were small alleys decorated with colourful wall hangings, banners of raffle schemes, etc.
The Deira Spice Souq sells every imaginable spice with stalls overflowing with bags of frankincense, cumin, paprika, saffron, sumac and thyme as well as the fragrant oud wood, rose water and incense. We explored the souq and did some shopping. After that we roamed around the market and bought some perfumes and special itras also.
We came back to our hotel for some rest as the temperature was spiking up. At 3:30 pm, we took a cab to take us for the Desert Safari, far away from the city in the sand dunes where the trained safari guides took us deep into the heart of the desert in Land Cruisers and driving over towering sand dunes. The experience was amazing.
As the sun started to set, deep in the desert we could see a camp, lanterns glowing and hear the sound of folk music but before entering the camp, one can indulge in many activities in the desert: Sand sliding, holding a hawk on your arm, Sand Surfing, Camel Riding.
Me with a Hawk
After, all these activities, the thirst will attract you to the camp where tables are set for dinner and the stage is all set for folk dance. For a more personalized service, we paid 200 dirhams extra and enjoyed our candle light dinner in the VIP area and were served with dinner, drinks and hookah. Spending the time under the stars, cool breeze passing the ears, folk music playing by the side and lantern lights all around you gives the feeling of going back to the old historical UAE, which is splendid. We took our ride back to the hotel after enjoying my second half of the day in the desert.
We were lazy in the morning to go out, but were booked for 3pm at Dubai Dolphinarium. It was amazing to watch dolphins and seals perform incredible acrobatics, dance, sing, juggle, play ball and jump through hoops! Forget to mention, the dolphins were cute.. 😀
In the evening, we planned to go to the Global Village, which is claimed to be the world’s largest tourism, leisure and entertainment project.
From my point of view, it was the best entertainment park. In this park, specific areas were given for every country on the Globe, to represent the culture and lifestyle of their people. The first attraction as we entered the park was the male dancers representing Africa. They were performing stunts, showing off their dancing skills. Well the first impression of the park was worthy. Every country had a dance performance, shopping area, music, eating stalls, etc. of their own. Other countries were Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Paris, Italy, France, China, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Istanbul, Turkey and many more. There was also music show, light show, huge rides, etc
I personally always wanted to take a trip to Europe so I thought why not enjoy Europe while, in Dubai.. (hahahaha cold v/s hot weather). The dance performances were truly the mind-boggling experience. Also, there was a circus show which honestly, brought back all my childhood memories and I didn’t want to leave the place because of it. But, eventually we were hungry and tired, so we went to a restaurant and had some Italian food. After that, we took a cab to get back to our hotel.
Today being our last day at Dubai, our first destination to visit, for which we had booked our tickets on Day 2 was exploring At The Top, Burj Khalifa observation deck. After our breakfast at the hotel, we took the cab and went to Dubai Mall (the entrance to the observation deck is through the mall).
After knowing some stories about the building on the ground floor, we proceeded to the elevator. The elevator itself is remarkable. One can zip from ground floor to the 124th floor in just a couple of seconds. On reaching the deck, the view of Dubai’s skyline was spectacular. We used telescopes placed at intervals for a more extensive view. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls allow visitors to enjoy unobstructed views of the city and provide great photo opportunities. One can stay here as long as they wish and I did stayed and took a lot of pictures. It was really amazing standing on the deck of the world’s tallest building. After enjoying the skyline, we headed towards the souvenir shop, which was pretty expensive. And then, we zipped back to the ground floor through the same elevator after enjoying an hour on the deck.
View from At The Top, Burj Khalifa
While roaming in the mall, we came across this amazing place Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo. So we took the tickets and went inside. To see the marine life inside the mall was jaw dropping. We were walking along the underwater tunnel and it was amazing to see the colourful marine life along the way. We even saw a movie demonstrating how passionately the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo team care of these aquatic animals on a daily basis. Next we stepped into the glass-bottom boat, drifting out over the surface of the aquarium and we could watch thousands of animals swim below our feet. We continued exploring this place and lastly we visited the home of King Croc. That reptile is huge and must weigh about 600 – 700 kilos. It was a thrilling experience to watch.
Our last stop in Dubai was the Mall of the Emirates, which is also one of the most popular malls in Dubai and the second biggest mall after Dubai Mall. The mall was huge and offered housing to the world’s most renowned brands. It was about 4pm, so we had our lunch here.
After our lunch and exploring a bit more inside the mall, it was time to go back to our hotel and collect our luggage. We then took a cab and proceeded to the airport. The vacation ended with wonderful experience and amazing sights of Dubai. I sure would love to come back soon.. 😀 😀Share This: