So we are now one stop down out of our six month trip 😬.
Our arrival in Dubai was easy and we jumped straight into an air conditioned taxi for the 25 minute trip to our hotel – we could feel the humidity (and 35 degree temperature) as soon as we stepped out of the terminal. Our hotel was in the Marina and, although there was lots going on, we would’ve preferred to stay in the Jumeriah beach area as it is set up for tourists and slightly closer to everything.
We landed at 8am on day 1. As neither of us are great at sleeping on planes, our first day was a bit of a struggle! However, we managed to power through and hit up boozy brunch at the Grand Grill. Boozy brunch is definitely more expensive in Dubai (I have been to quite a few in London 💁🏼), however the staff here are much happier to keep plying you with drinks. I ordered a glass of sparkling wine and was left the bottle to myself. Thankfully Jack helped me get through it. After brunch we headed to Bliss Beach Bar at the Sheraton on Jumeriah Beach. It was so lovely to watch the sunset with (yet another) glass of wine. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone heading to Dubai.
After a good nights rest, we spent day 2 sightseeing over at the Dubai Mall and the Burj Khalifa. After grabbing a coffee (in true London style) we headed to At The Top at the Burj. This is definitely worth a visit and is actually really interesting to see how it was built and the sheer number of people involved. We got there around 11am and it was nice and quiet. When we were leaving it was starting to get manic. The view is really impressive and a great place to take pics. We then explored the Dubai Mall. Even though the mall is super famous, I still didn’t expect it to be quite so big! It’s probably three times the size of Bluewater and has every shop known to man, along with an ice rink and aquarium. We then stood and waited for the Dubai fountains. We went to the first show at 6pm (they are every half hour until 11pm) – pic below. We were actually really disappointed in the fountains (being the #1 thing to do in Dubai per TripAdvisor). The show lasted 4 minutes and wasn’t as exciting as expected – maybe the later showings are better or we are just hard to impress. Something to see whilst visiting the mall and Burj, but I wouldn’t make the journey specially if you are staying outside this area.
The final area of Dubai on our bucket list was the palm (of course), so on day 3 we made our way to Atlantis for a day of adrenaline in Aquaventure (one of two waterparks in Dubai). Jack and I managed to do the majority of the rides without getting burnt however I think we actually enjoyed the lazy river most which had rapids and a torrent (it was also the best mode of transport around the rather big park). Unfortunately the sharks weren’t in their tank so made the famous Leap of Faith slide less appealing. We did try the other slide which went through the tank and managed to get slightly stuck in the tunnel – I did attempt to free us but soon realised that the tube was not meant for adults (even me at 5’1″) to stand up, so we sat it out and were freed by the waves created by the person behind us.
After a day of excitement, we made our was to Nassimi Beach club (also in the Atlantis). This was such a cute place for a drink and they had an amazing happy hour (2 glasses of wine for about £6). Again we watched the sunset and then grabbed some dinner in their restaurant which served pizzas, pasta and grilled seafood/meat. This is clearly the place to be as we happened to be sitting in front of Michelle Keagan, Mark Wright and his cousin Elliott Wright – Jack spotted them, I would never had seen them with my bad eyesight 😂. The view from the beach wasn’t that nice (same as Bliss bar) mainly due to the amount of building work still going on. If uninterrupted beach views are for you, then Dubai probably isn’t the place.
Love as always xx