This time a year ago, I was finally finished with finals and heading to Dubai to meet my dad to celebrate. Since he would be busy doing business for the few days I was there, one of his co-worker’s wives graciously arranged a few activities to do. I had so much fun in the short time I was there, and after dealing with seemingly nothing but cold and rain in Scotland, the hot desert air was very much appreciated!
Since most of these pictures were taken long before I had the intention of blogging, please don’t judge! These pictures also don’t do Dubai justice – it was such an amazing city to see and explore. I’m also so grateful to the family that arranged things for me to do. A relative was in visiting from the states at the same time I was there, and they were more than happy to have me tag along! Without their help, I honestly would have just vegged out on the beach the whole time. Instead, I was able to go scuba diving, dune bashing, ride a camel, see the markets and learn more about the culture!
My dad booked us a room at the Hilton Dubai Jumeriah, which was great being right on the beach and close to shops and restaurants on The Walk. He also somehow managed to score an upgrade to an amazing suite!
My first day in Dubai, I took it easy and just hung around the beach. My dad was able to join me, and after a few hours we washed up and grabbed lunch with his coworker and family. We ate at a delicious Lebanese restaurant, where I found out mint lemonade was a thing that existed. A very delicious thing.
I also had the best Moroccan food I’ve ever had at Tagine later that evening. If I wasn’t there during my dad’s dinner business meeting, I would have inhaled everything in a very un-ladylike manner. Instead, I managed to control myself and eat like a normal person.
The following day, I spent the morning and afternoon by the pool in a food coma from the day before while my dad was in meetings. Once he was done, we passed by the Mall of the Emirates, which has an indoor ski slope! After walking around for a bit, we made our way to The Observatory for dinner and drinks so I could see the amazing panoramic views of the city and marina. I would highly recommend making the stop here if you’re in Dubai – pictures honestly don’t do the views justice.
I also went scuba diving for the first time on this trip and I absolutely loved it! While I was working with the instructor beforehand in the pool, I straight-up thought I was going to drown a little bit. I was pleasantly surprised when I didn’t (obviously). I couldn’t find my picture of it, but we came across a sea turtle sleeping in the coral, and it was so amazing. Our instructor also kept telling me to chill the heck out since I just couldn’t stop moving around and looking everywhere. I just wanted to see all the things! I told him keeping still stresses me out and he just laughed but let me swim around like a fish without complaint.
One morning had breakfast at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, which was really enlightening. It was really fun to learn about the culture and ask questions in such an open way. We had some amazing authentic Emirati food, though I wasn’t very fond of the coffee.
On the way back from breakfast, we stopped by the Dubai Museum passed through a few souks to pick up a few souvenirs.
Later that evening, we went on a desert safari complete with dune bashing – AKA being driven through the desert like crazy on the verge of car sickness – with Arabian Nights Tours. Thankfully the driver was amazing and made adjustments as necessary to make sure everyone was comfortable, or as comfortable as you could be flying over sand dunes.
The ride eventually led us to our dinner spot, which had henna and souvenir goodies to check out. I was even able to ride a camel! They are also way bigger than I thought, so getting up was quite a surprise.
They also had some pre-dinner entertainment, which was so cool to watch. After everything settled down dinner was served, and it was delicious!
While I wasn’t there for very long, Dubai was so much fun to visit and the city was absolutely gorgeous. It was such a nice change from cold and rainy Scotland, and even better that I was able to meet up with my dad. While I wish I would have taken better photos, it certainly gives me an excuse to go back. And I honestly can’t wait!
Have you ever been to Dubai? Would you want to ever visit?
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