Arabian Nights in Dubai
by Rachel Horsting
Enjoying the space and luxury of travel in an A380 was just the start of this fantastic 6 night trip to Dubai. Dubai is mainly known as a good stopover on your way to Europe, but this city has so much more to offer as a single destination. Staying at the Address Dubai Mall we had direct access to the biggest mall in the world – Dubai Mall. This mall has EVERYTHING from a kids land (everything is small, they have their own currency, the children pretend to work in jobs etc) to upscale designer label clothing stores from an ice-rink to an aquarium there is just so much to see and do in one mall.
As part of the package I had a ticket on the Hop On Hop Off bus around Dubai – this is a fantastic air-conditioned coach with multiple stops all over town with free entry into the museum and other small activities. After doing a 2 hour round trip we hopped off back at the mall to do a little shopping before dinner. This is a great way to get around town when travelling independently. We were then taken out to the Fairmont on the Palm for our welcome dinner with local entertainment. The views of Dubai City from here were spectacular (top image). During my stay in Dubai our activities included Ski Dubai (an indoor Snow/Ski Centre at Mall of the Emirates), Dune Dinner with 4WDing, a falcon show, visiting the 124th floor of the Burj Khalifa, Cultral understanding breakfast, desert dinners, walking tour of the spice and gold souks and a full day at the waterpark at Atlantis the Palm just to name a few.
We met a guide named Mohamed – he was fantastic. He taught us about the culture, history and architect of Dubai and the people who live there. We were also lucky enough to have dinner at the Palace hotel in Dubai and overlooked the Dubai fountains. These fountains extend 275 meters along the manmade lake, and during the dozen daily shows, high-powered water jets propel water up to 150 meters into the air whilst music is being played. Dubai is now a destination I highly recommend to visit – just not in July/August as this is Summer and temperatures are in the high 40s (degrees celsius) to low 50s