Dubai, UAE. There is nowhere in the world quite like Dubai. With it’s modern, sophisticated architecture, list of profound experiences available, and the combination of glamorous, manmade structures combined with its older and elegant heritage, the city will captivate you(and probably also drain your wallet). Nonetheless, the city should be on every traveler’s to-do list.
I took a 10 hour flight here from Tokyo near the end of March. Even my experience on Emirates’ economy had already exceeded my expectations, being one of the best airlines in the world. I also had the chance to fly business class on the way back to the U.S. on this airline which was an unforgettable experience. Starting with a stewardess serving you a glass of champagne the moment you sit down, to lay down beds, an on flight bar and restaurant worthy meals. If you visit the country, I suggest you start it off right with a flight like this!
I stayed at two different hotels during my stay, the Atana Hotel (Barsha Heights) and the H Hotel (Shiekh Zayed Road). Both were classy and stylish with a different atmosphere, with the H being more modern and Atana being more elegant. While Dubai has many outlandishly expensive hotels, there also 4 and 5 star hotels in the $60-150 range that were also quite beautiful. I don’t think you can go wrong no matter where you stay.
If you’re an adrenaline junkie like me, then you’ll find yourself with a range of opportunities here to get out your fix. There is everything from Skydiving, jet skiing around a man made island, scuba diving, and dune bashing on a desert safari. I decided to go with the desert safari experience, which included riding in ATVs, having a professional driver take you dune bashing through the Arabian desert, sand boarding, camel riding, and a dinner with a fire show and dance performance to top it off. If you do this, remember to dress comfortably for a hot day, yet somewhat covered up as it is expected that women dress modestly in this country. This is a great escape from the city for a day and I would recommend this as must do on a trip to Dubai.
Take a visit to the world’s largest mall (Dubai Mall) and the world’s tallest skyscraper(Burj Khalifa) while you’re at it. The Dubai Mall isn’t only good for shopping. It also contains an aquarium, an ice skating rink- oh, and the Dubai fountains, which is also the largest fountain show in the world. Of course, you can get lost in this place for days, but don’t get to distracted. I recommend going for afternoon drinks, taking a peek inside, walking through the aquarium, and then going to the top of the Burj Khalifa to watch the fountains at night.
On my last day, a girl friend and I decided we should rent a Ferrari and explore the rest of the city that we had not yet (When in Dubai, right?). We went for the Ferrari Spider 458 and took a cruise through the faux island, Palm Jumeirah. The island is shaped like a palm tree with crescent over the top and is truly mesmerizing. We ended our drive at Atlantis, the palm. The luxury hotel feels almost like an amusement park. We tried the legendary underwater restaurant, Ossiano. The establishment is beautifully decorated and serves underwater themed cocktails and seafood dishes, all while in the panoramic view of 65,000 marine animals.
Dubai can be a very magical experience and is meant for the adventurous ones. Have you been to Dubai? Where do you recommend to go or wish you had been? Let me know below!