In the few days that I had the privilege to visit Dubai I have had a splendid time. The temperature is pretty amazing as in 27 degrees while the water is around 25, at night the temperature cools down up 20 degrees. From October thru April are the best months to go. I could definitely get used to this.
I absolutely loved staying at the Meridien Mina El Seyadi hotel due to the splendid location situated between the most important highlights. The view from my room was absolutely breathtaking. The palm trees, the most dreamy blue water and the yachts waiting patiently in the harbour. Should I go on?
A fun thing to do is to check out Dubai-video.com to have an overview of the highlights from the air like Burj Al Arab (The Most Luxurious Hotel in The World) and The Palm Jumeirah Beach over the promenade “The Walk” along the sea. This hotspot called the walk is also known as the place to be to chill and hang out, stretch your legs, buy some souvenirs or go for a coffee at ill Caffe Di Roma. Ask if they have Camel-ccinos a.k.a. Camel Milk Cappuccino. The milk is lower in fat and has triple the amount of Vitamin -C. Very recommendable.
Tip: walk between the new Dubai between Jumeirah beach and Dubai Marina, from the Ritz-Carlton to the Sheraton Jumeirah. A beautiful must. #TheWalkJBR
The view in the tropical back gardens of the Meridien Mina El Seyadi hotel is absolutely stunning and right at the start of The Walk JBR.
A night on the town: Sparkling rooftop bars, glamorous clubs, or outdoor dancing venues. Dubai has such a variety, that it’s hard to choose. Simple things like going to a restaurant and waiting to be seated instead of walking to a table by choice is one of the things you instantly let go of when visiting Dubai! Everyone seems to be seated and sorted as valet parking is the norm. Such politeness.
I had the privilege to visit the most luxurious 7-star hotel Burj Al Arab. It’s like an exotic bird that spreads it’s wings every 15 minutes during the night. Head up to Gold27, the remarkable bar on the 27th floor to indulge in spectacular cocktails and a panorama view. Don’t forget to make a reservation, as the enormous premises is only reachable by a reservation upfront.
Find what sparks a light 💫 in you so that you in your own way can illuminate the world 🏜🐪 #AmandaRijffXDubai
Tip: Check out the Arabian Court from Hotel Mirage. Have a drink and listen to very cool very music at the Royalmirage.oneansonlyresorts.com or visit the Sky view BAR – for a stunning view from The Palm Jumeirah and over the cost.
Another worthwhile top stop is Burj Khalifa. The world’s tallest building (828M) that is shaped like a rocket. It has two observation decks. One on the 124th floor and one on the 148th floor. The most popular is the 124th floor where high powered telescopes bring even the most distant development into focus. Not high enough? Then buy a ticket for “At the top Sky” to the 148th floor. The experience is set up like a hosted VIP experience with refreshments, a guided tour and an interactive screen where you fly to different city landmarks by hovering your hands over high-tech sensors. You might not want to be afraid of heights though.
Love to power shop till you drop? Then head over to the world’s largest mall: Dubai Mall. Be prepared to be overwhelmed by all the over the top-ness. The mall has 1200 stores, an aquarium, and ice rink and a variety of international food outlets. It’s like a small city in itself. Check out the only Bloomingdales outside of the US or have a go at Saks Fifth Avenue, Dubai style. If you’re a sweet tooth have a stop at candy emporium Candylicious. It reminds me of Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory. You can watch the candy makers make candy, or stand under the enormous lollypop tree or help yourself to sticky gourmet popcorn. Visit one of the many souks where you can indulge in serious bargaining banter.
If you’re a make-up lover like me, you might end up broke after a visit at Sephora. Next to the common brands like Nars, Anastasia Beverly Hills, and Armani Beauty, you will also find Kat von D and Huda Beauty. I was pleasantly surprised to see that they also carry the recently launched Gucci make-up range. Ok, from a make-up artist point of view I think you understand what happened…
FUN FACT: when it comes to perfumes and Incense Arabic perfumes called Attars can be quite strong. Historically this was a necessity. There was not a lot of water, so woman plashed themselves with exotic perfume. If you’re looking for more authentic flavored perfume, head to the stores along Sikkat al Khalil, just east of the Gold Souk.
Gold, Gold and more gold. If you love a bling or two the Gold Souk is an absolute must with over three hundred stores at the soul alone. Never thought my eyes could be hurtful while looking at gold. Think Aladdin’s cave to get an idea. Very, very impressive.
If there is one outdoor activity you should look into then one of the things that can be fun and entertaining to do is visit a camel race. The best time to go is during winter season. Unfortunately I didn’t have the time to do so, but I sure will upon my next visit.
Dubai has fascinated me with its energy and openness toward people and cultures from over the world. The diversity expresses itself in the landscape, fashion, music and performance. The best period to go is November to March when temperatures are in the low 30 degrees. From June to September the average temperature is 43 degrees. Dubai, thanks for having me. I would recommend you at any time.
Manny thanks to Corendon vliegvakanties for the opportunity. Do you also want to visit this great city. Touroperator Corendon offers complete package deals (including flight, transfer, hotel) starting at 399 for a three day trip. Go for it!
Check out my vlog below. #AmandaRijffXDubai
Dubai Bucket list:
#Dubai City of Gold – Gold Souq
#Cocktails at Burj Al Arab
#Camel Ride or tour through the desert
#Dubai Mall and fountain