Dubai: Must see in Dubai, UAE
We arrived in Dubai on the 10th of July 2015. We checked into the Capitol Hotel on Al Mina road, it was lovely and central to everywhere (see link; Capitol Hotel Dubai ). The staff were so helpful and friendly throughout our stay. The following is what I would highly recommend to do if you plan on visiting Dubai. We spent a week in Dubai, however, looking back on it five nights would definitely be sufficient. Also July is the holy month of Ramadan, which I found restricted us from getting to do certain things such as the famous Friday Brunch. I would recommend to go at a different time.
The Dubai Marina although artificially built is beautiful to look at. Full of nice bars and restaurants overlooking the buildings and private yachts on the water. There is a lovely walkway down along the water, we couldn’t walk too far as the heat was quite unbearable even at night (over 30 degrees). We went for drinks in a bar called Cargo. It had a lovely view over the marina and the cocktails were to die for.
Dubai Mall & Fountains
Dubai Mall was out of this world, it had everything imaginable in it, even an aquarium! It was really cool to look around all the expensive shops and architecture. It is one of the worlds largest shopping malls and is definitely a must see if spending time in Dubai. The fountains are located out the back of the mall and on front of the Burj Khalifa. The fountain performances are on every thirty minutes, the music varies from Arabic to English. This is spectacular I went back numerous evenings to get to see it again!
We were picked up from our hotel at 3.30pm, the tour costed 99AED which was quite reasonable. The jeep took us out to the middle of the desert. We went over the sand dunes in the jeep which was lots of fun. We then got dropped off and took a camel ride. It was very scary getting on and off the camel, but it was a fantastic experience. We took lots of nice photos and watched the beautiful sunset.
City Bus Tour
There were lots of different parts of the city that we wanted to see. We decided our best option was to do a bus tour as the city is quite spread out. We booked a private bus tour costing us 99AED per person. The bus picked us up from our hotel in the morning and dropped us back afterwards. We got to see the man made Palm island which was pretty cool. We stopped off outside Atlantis The Palm Hotel for a picture. If I was to go back I would definitely explore the inside of it. The bus stopped off outside the Burj Al Arab Hotel. It’s pretty amazing to look at, however, similar to the Atlantis I would like to go inside to see it. We went to the Al Farooq Mosque, Dubai Gold City, Spices Market, Dubai Museum, Old Dubai and took a boat across the creek.
At the Top Burj Khalifa
The Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world at the moment, so I was very excited to get to view it from above. This worked out cheaper to book it online rather than paying on arrival. Basically we went up to level 124 on a lift, our ears were popping as it was going so fast! The views were just amazing of the whole city and you could see the desert all around for miles out of the city.
I noticed lots of different places advertising to try out this Shisha. It’s basically tobacco you smoke from a hookah. I didn’t know what to think of it at the beginning! We decided to try it one night in our hotel before going to bed. It was Apple flavour and actually tasted quite nice. There was lots of other flavours available too. I would recommend to try it if you see it anywhere.