Prepare yourself for a city of extremes: Dubai is home to the world’s tallest building, the most gargantuan mall. Dubai is a true global city, where people from all around the world come together. It is the capital of the Emirate of Dubai, one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The other six are Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm Al Quwain.
So where to begin? I ALWAYS make a daily planning. But Dubai is very very big and If you want to go difference places, there is very big distances between the places you want to visit.
Most of the time we take a taxi. The prices are the same or maybe more expensive then Europe!
Good to know the flight is 7 hours. We booked our hotel close to the Dubai Marina, the name of the hotel was Wyndham Dubai Marina. Very good hotel and the breakfast was also very good.
The first day (evening) we went to Dubai Marina.
We went to Jumeirah beach to see the Burj Al Arab. After that we went to Jumeirah Medinat. Very nice old buildings.
We went to the Marina beach (very close to Wyndham Dubai Marina) you can walk (20 minutes) or you can take the free shuttle bus. After spending time at the beach we went to the Dubai Mall. Exactly, Dubai is very expensive and if you want to do some shopping you need a lot of creditcards. Zara is even more expensive then Europe.
So this day was a relax day because I was very sick! We went to Burj Khalifa and The Pointe. You can take your coffee with a beautiful view.
I booked everything from Holland. Only what you have to do is go to the central point and then the organisation pick you up! We did a complete safari desert. It was the most lovely experience at Dubai. Book it through the website ‘get your guide’ and choose for Oceaan Air Travel!
We went to Abu Dhabi and we visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. This phenomenal work of architecture and largest place of worship in the UAE is absolutely spell-binding. The mosque was commissioned by, and named after, the first president of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who passed away before the mosque’s completion. The mausoleum of the late Sheikh Zayed is located beside the mosque on the north side.
The design of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque was inspired by Persian, Mughal and Moorish mosque architecture and took more than 3,000 workers from 38 construction companies to build. But it was very hard to make a nice picture and the security is very strict!
After that we visit the Abu Dhabi Presidential Palace. The whole Abu Dhabi Presidential Palace is from marble. It will include the treatment of a 450,000m² vertical area of pale beige Chauvigny Turkish limestone. All stone is being supplied by Mosart Marble (Abu Dhabi).
Prior to specification of products, both the material’s natural characteristics and the location’s weather and climate conditions were examined.
If you have enough time, go to old Dubai! You have to visit Bastakiya and El Seef and a must see is the Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood. You also can Cross Dubai Creek on an “abra.” The picturesque creek is one of the most charming parts of Dubai. Old town Dubai is an entertaining change of pace from the rest of the city’s ritzy attractions. I highly recommend you take some time to visit and learn more about Dubai’s historical hub.
And the last attraction was Dubai Frame. We did not have enough time. So we did not go inside.
My personal opinion: Dubai is a city with some outstanding and exorbitant landmarks (biggest and newest shopping malls, tallest building worldwide, man made islands, etc. etc.), endless shopping opportunities, nice high class hotels, international cuisine, heritage sites, etc.
I like more nature places. But if you want to escape the winter, Dubai is during the winter time (December) a very good travel destination for a good sunboost.
Kava & Chai // Old Dubai
Arabian Tea House // Old Dubai
The Cheesecake Factory // Dubai Mall
Starbucks // The Pointe Dubai (with a nice view)
Babelmansour // Close to Dubai Mall