I think I lost my heart to Dubai! I rarely want to return to the same place instantly after a holiday, but writing this post makes me just desperately want to hop on a plane and go straight back there! Usually I think there’s so many places I haven’t been yet so why go somewhere same when you can go somewhere new! But 5 and a half days in Dubai was definitely not enough and even looking at these photos makes me want to go back! I’ve tried to fit most of the things we did and saw in Dubai to this post so be prepared for a big travel update below!
We stayed at Five the Palm hotel and I can seriously recommend this place, as it is located conveniently just in the beginning of the Palm with amazing pool area and beach with views over Dubai Marina and the gorgeous backdrop of skyscrapers. They have an amazing rooftop bar called Penthouse where we spent couple of evenings watching the sunset and sipping cocktails.
The whole hotel area is so Instagrammable and pretty, and most importantly the staff were really welcoming, which made me feel like I would happily go back and stay there again.
You have probably seen this place all over your Instagram feed and rightly so, you cannot go to Dubai without visiting the Miracle Gardens. I love gardens and this truly is a garden on a next level. We did the the rookie mistake of going there at midday, when the sun was shining directly down at us and we felt like melting! Definitely would recommend getting up early and visiting there in the morning, although at midday the place was totally empty, because of the heat haha..
BURJ KHALIFA, DUBAI MALL AND DUBAI AQUARIUM
I think I’ve mentioned this like a million times before, but I am obsessed with tall buildings, skyscrapers and rooftops. So visiting Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world was a highlight of the trip for me. The building is amazing from the outside as well and I would definitely recommend taking a stroll down to the lake next to Burj Khalifa where there are fountain shows every half an hour. We got to see them at daytime and night time which were bothso gorgeous!
The Dubai Mall is 2nd largest in the world and as you can imagine, it holds almost anything your heart desires within itself, more than just shops and restaurants, there is an aquarium and underwater zoo inside the shopping mall! The aquarium isn’t the biggest in any scale but I actually really enjoyed visiting there and found it such a fun thing to do. I was kindly offered a discount code from GetYourGuide to try out their tours and we got combo tickets for the Burj Khalifa and the Aquarium, which I think is was a pretty good deal even without the discount we had. And as the entrances for both are close to each other, it is a perfect way to hit two places in one day.
I booked us a tour on the desert that included dune bashing, sand boarding, a short camel ride and a dinner on a beautiful camp with a bellydancing show. I didn’t realise what I had got myself into when the dune bashing started and I was absolutely terrified. It is a great experience if you are an adrenaline junkie who likes rollercoasters and all that, but I have to admit I enjoyed the most just the slow camel ride and walking on the soft dunes looking over the never ending desert.
DAY TRIP TO ABU DHABI MOSQUE AND LOURVE
Although we only had five full days, I am so glad we decided to visit Abu Dhabi. We took a taxi all the way there and it took only 45 minutes from Dubai to the Grand Sheik Zayed Mosque. We arrived there just when it opened at 9am and it was the most peaceful and beautiful experience to walk around this stunning white building before the crowds of tourists arrived.
From the Mosque, we took a taxi to Abu Dhabi Louvre. I feel like I keep on saying how everything was the the most beautiful, but these truly were the most gorgeous buildings I have ever seen. With water coming into the building and sun rays creating spotlights through the roof, where else in the world will you find anything like it? They had very interesting exhibitions about the Arabic culture, which I found so fascinating and a great way to learn more about where we were.
On our last day We took a little boat tour on a lake in Madinat Jumeirah resort, which was the most adorable thing to do, and it’s another Instagrammable spot in Dubai. After that we had lunch at Shimmers beach restaurant, I had the most delicious lunch Chicken skewers and tsatsiki with handcut fries (holiday diet 😉 ) and we took a lovely walk on the beach next to the famous Burj Al Arab hotel.
Visiting Dubai and Abu Dhabi was definitely an experience I would like to repeat one day. But before that, other adventures await. I will be flying home to Finland for Christmas and then on Boxing Day, I will be heading to Australia and New Zealand, so more travel stories to come! xx