Waking up in Dubai tomorrow

For this year’s annual sister holiday, we wanted to go somewhere outside of Europe and after several discussions about where to go, we finally decided on Dubai. On May 17 in the evening, we flew with Emirates directly to Dubai and were overwhelmed by the service Emirates offers onboard: delicious food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, the latest movies, and a lot of other entertainment options as well as blankets and a pillow for getting a good sleep above clouds. So, everything you need for a comfortable 6 hours flight.

As we had an overnight flight, we landed early in the morning in Dubai and thus, had the whole day to explore the city. After we passed the visa control, where we showed our passports, they stamped them, and we were allowed to enter the country – easy peasy! We then took the metro to get from the airport to our first hotel, the Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers. Although the hotel is a bit outside the city center, it is easy to get there by metro via the Jumeirah Lakes Towers station. From there, it is just a short 5-minute walk to the hotel. As we got there early in the morning, our room was not ready yet. So, we spent the time waiting by the hotel’s pool.

After we moved into our hotel room and unpacked our bags, we went to Burj Khalifa to visit the 124th and 125th floors of the largest building in the world. Later on, we still spent some hours at Dubai Mall, where we also visited the Aquarium, included in our admission ticket for Burj Khalifa. When we got back to our hotel, we went to bed straight away. Because after the long journey and an exciting first day in this magical city, we definitely needed some sleep.

On our second day in Dubai, we visited the Dubai Miracle Garden. The flower gardens are slightly outside Dubai but can be reached easily by bus departing at the Mall of the Emirates. And the gardens were not only impressive, but you even got a free flower umbrella included in the entry fee of around 10 € (40 Dirham). In the gardens, you can also find the world’s largest flower arrangement, an Airbus A380 completely covered in flowers. Afterward, we headed back to the hotel and got ready for a desert safari, which we booked in advance. The operator picked us up at the hotel and drove us out into the desert. Later on, after driving through the desert and over the dunes, we went to a (very touristic!) Bedouin village, where they served BBQ and had a show going on. But, although it’s a typical activity to do when in Dubai, you don’t miss out on something if you skip that activity.

The next day we spontaneously decided to go on a day trip to Abu Dhabi, only one hour away from Dubai. We booked a tour in a small group with a German travel guide, who also picked us up at the hotel. Once in Abu Dhabi, we first stopped at the Ferrari World and then visited the Sheikh Zayed Mosque and saw the world’s largest carpet there. Admission to the mosque is for free, but you have to dress appropriately to be allowed to enter. Afterward, we headed on to the city center of Abu Dhabi, where we stopped at the Etihad Towers and the most expensive hotel in the world, the Emirates Palace. Next, we stopped at the Heritage Village, where you can see what the city looked like 50 years ago, before making it to our last stop, the dates market. We had a great day trip to Abu Dhabi, saw the most important sights there, and learned a lot about the city itself. Thus, it’s worth going on a day trip to Abu Dhabi when you’re in Dubai.

On our fourth day in Dubai, it was already time to change the hotel. So, this time, we went to breakfast earlier and spent the rest of the morning at the Jumeirah Beach and visited Atlantis, The Palm. Afterward, we went back to the hotel, checked out, and took a taxi to Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai, where we stayed for the last two nights of our trip. And as we planned to not only do sightseeing during our stay in Dubai, we just spent the whole day sunbathing by the pool and went to the Nikki Beach Club in the evening.

The next day, we first had breakfast by the pool and then spent the rest of the morning sunbathing at the hotel’s private beach and by the pool. In the afternoon, we decided to go to Burj Al Arab and also stopped at the City Walk, another of the many shopping centers here in Dubai. From there, we went on to the Mall of the Emirates, where you can also go skiing at Ski Dubai. Lastly, we went to the city center again, as we still wanted to see Burj Khalifa at night. And before heading back to the hotel again, we had dinner at the Dubai Mall.

And it was already our last day in Dubai. As our flight left only in the late afternoon, we still had enough time to spend at the hotel. So we had one last delicious breakfast at the hotel and then relaxed by the pool before we checked out and went to the airport. All in all, we enjoyed our trip to Dubai and the time there together to the fullest. And, we both agreed that Dubai is definitely worth a visit, at least once.

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