I have now been back in London for three weeks and that holiday that was once looming over my shoulders has now come to pass 😦
What’s this holiday I talk of? I’m talking about the high rises, the fast cars, the bright lights and the private islands, all which make up the wonderful city of Dubai.
For my partner and I, it was our first time to Dubai and also our first time away with each other. To be in such a new setting from back home (which is London for us), we were constantly amazed by the vast differences between the two places. For one, let’s talk about the HEAT – temperatures rose to an average of 37° EVERY single day! This was unbearable at times and made walking barefoot a sprint to shaded areas.
Another difference was the countless amount of high rise buildings that were on all over the place, with more construction and development going on to build even taller and grander buildings. Each time we went out, we were always left amazed by the structures that stood before us. The sheer architecture was ingenious.
With only a week to explore this city as well as get some R&R in, we ran short of time and didn’t get to do everything we had planned. However, Dubai is one of those places that you could really visit again and again, because it is still very much developing and we were told by 2020, it’s going to be on a whole different level.
We stayed on the palm at the Sofitel hotel. The hotel staff were very helpful in arranging excursions for us. Housekeeping happened twice a day with an evening turndown service. We were well hydrated with a constant stock of complimentary water.
We went half-board and got to either have breakfast and lunch/dinner. The hotel itself has four different restaurants to dine at for dinner on the half-board basis, including seafood, Chinese, steak and Italian restaurants. In addition, there is a buffet restaurant (serving breakfast and lunch), a poolside lunch spot and gelato ice-cream parlour.
Our luxury palm view room was super spacious and truly romantic. We were quite far from most of the clubs we visited and the mall especially, but it was nice to be in a more secluded area.
Without going into too much detail about what we got up to, I’ve attached some pictures and what I’d recommend you should do, if you decide to make it your next holiday destination.
- Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark
Cost: Around 350AED when booked at the park (minus any add ons inc. meal deals, towels and locker hire)
- Desert Safari
Cost: We got a deal for 275AED, but packages vary between suppliers
Cost: Around 1000AED for an hour
- Dubai Mall & The Dancing Water Fountain
Here you can also visit the Burj Khalifa and for around 130AED you can go up to the observation decks on the 125th and 148th floor.
- White Nightclub (a rooftop club located within The Meydan Hotel)
***Many bars/lounges offer ladies night, so look out for these nights for free drinks most of the night***
We also wanted to fit in a trip to Abu Dhabi, which is roughly about a two hour drive, but time didn’t permit in the end. There are soooo many things to do in Dubai that a repeat visit is definitely on the cards.
Keep following for my next adventure happening in September!