The next morning, we were awaken quite early, by the sounds of the birds. It sounded like a ton of them were surrounding the tent. We even heard owls making sounds. So we decided to get up and head out. It was still a little dark out, but the guides were already awake, preparing breakfast for us. We walked around for a couple minutes, until they told us that the sun should be rising. So we went out from the enclosed area and looked out into the desert, and my god… it was beautiful! Just being there, in the middle of nowhere, and watching the sun rise in peace, it was such an experience. We then returned to camp, and breakfast was ready. For being out in the middle of the dessert, and just having a grill, I must give props to the tour guides, Faisal especially, who cooked amazing food the entire time. For breakfast, there was scrambled eggs, chicken sausages, fried tomatoes, toast, and croissants. About an hour after eating, it was time to head back to the hotel. On our drive out of the reserve we took a different route in which we were on the lookout for the Arabian Onyx and Gazelles. We saw quite a few onyxes and just a small number of gazelles, but it was still cool just to see them roaming so free and in their natural habitat. After about 40 minutes of driving, we were out the desert and on the highway back to our hotel.
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Dubai is from December to March
How To Reach
Book a Package Tour
Pre booking for burj Khalifa is must. Otherwise there are no tickets available for the peak time. You can stay as long as you want at the top. It is best to be there an hour before sunset so we can enjoy every view. I.E before sunset, at the time of sunset and after that. Each view has its own charm. I booked a slot of 4;30pm and was there till 8pm. I made the most of it. Sunsets are my favorite and so it was from burj khalifa. They do offer an upgrade from 124th floor to 148th floor for more money but it hardly makes any difference. Dubai from the top is one time view.
360 Degrees - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
This is one of the best clubs in Dubai. Surrounded by the ocean on 3 sides it offers a spectacular view. Live music, the amazing crowd and good drinks set up the mood. Its open till around 2 AM. I just made it here on time. But if you have 1 night in Dubai you should definitely go here.
Burj Khalifa - Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard - Downtown Dubai - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Day 3: Went to Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall. Both totally worth visiting!! Dubai mall is a shopper's haven, has every possible under brand one can imagine under one roof. Also, endless eating options are available. High point of the day: Watching the fountain show from top of Burj Khalifa. Blissful!
Barracuda Restaurant - Jumeirah Road - Jumeirah - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Busy Egyptian seafood restaurant with its iconic fish-tail on the roof. Very fresh fish, served cleanly and simply. Don’t over-order! You can always ask for more later. Menu must-haves: Delicate Singary style fish to take your breath away.
Souk Madinat Jumeirah - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
I was a bit late here (reached at 12) and all the markets were closed. (They are wonderful during the day). But you would still love the design of this place. Its a great blend of modern and traditional. With markets, great bars, fantastic and beautiful lighting, lakes. Two places to definitely go here are Barzar - for an outdoor beanbag setting and Trader's vic - for some nice drinks and good live music.
Burj Khalifa - Downtown Dubai - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Bhurj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world. It houses a restaurant - AT.MOSPHERE on the 123rd Floor and the view from there is simply breath-taking, it leaves you speechless. The food there is also amazing. There is a strict dress code of western formals at the restaurant.
Jumeirah Beach - Jumeirah - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Plan your city tour in such a way that you don't land up at the beach during afternoon. You will spot beautiful and huge villas along the roads.
The Dubai Mall - Downtown Dubai - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
I did the Shark Dive at the Dubai Mall. And it was an amazing start to my trip. Loved the one on one with the Sharks! :)
Burj Khalifa - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Day 3: Today is all about over whelming experiences. See how the world looks like atop the tallest building in the world. This architectural wonder will only leave you marveling at the magnificent city planning and art. Post this, you have the day free to indulge in an array of options Dubai has to showcase. You can either get an adrenaline rush with jet skiing or experience a hot air balloon ride. Or get bedazzled by the beautiful gold Jewellery at the souks or simply get lost in the larger than life Malls of Dubai.
Dhow Cruise Dubai - Deira - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
From there, the Dhow cruise departs every hour and takes you to all the parts of the city along the canal. Get ready to calm your senses and enjoy the sight for an hour.
Dubai International Airport - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Day 4: End of the Tour After breakfast we head out for some last minute shopping. The same evening we head back to the Airport and take our flight back home.
Palm Jumeirah - The Palm Jumeirah - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Palm Jumeirah – an artificial archipelago in the Persian Gulf shaped in the form of a palm tree was billed the 8th wonder of the world. You can sail around Palm Jumeirah in a yacht or a speedboat, take a stroll or just sit on the rocks and listen to the waves.
Al Hadeerah Restaurant Dubai - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
The epitome of Arabian dining. Eat on carpets on the sand at the magical Bab al Shams resort. Don’t eat all day, and bring a pashmina because it gets cold at night. Look for an inclusive dine and stay deal – it’s much cheaper. Menu must-haves: Lamb ouzi, Umm Ali
Dubai Marina - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Its an amazing man made engineering marvel. It looks amazing at night. Its a man made sea with yachts and boats. Highrise buildings lined up on both sides. The view is just amazing and a testimony to how man can play with Nature. Although I won't compare it with nature which is infinitely better than anything man made :)
The Dubai Mall - Downtown Dubai - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
The striking sky lounge is definitely a destination venue and a ‘must see’ for those looking for a heightened experience. Located on the 63rd floor, Neos offers stunning city views in an art deco yet contemporary setting. Watch the radiant lights of The Dubai Fountain as you groove to the resident DJ’s rhythmic mixes, and enjoy a superior experience in every way.
Sheikh Rashid Hall - Sheikh Zayed Road - Trade Centre - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
The Illusionists 1903 featuring six brand new magicians and eight of the world’s most popular illusionists will perform in Dubai from November 6 to 9 at Shaikh Rashid Hall in Dubai World Trade Centre. They will repeat the performance in Abu Dhabi from November 11 to 14 at du Forum in Yas Island. The true art of magic will be explored in exquisite spectacles that transformed stage entertainment over 100 years ago.14. The Fantastic Three
JBR - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Since this was our last night in the UAE, we decided to go to the Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) where 40 sandy colored towers light up the marina skyline at night. The sandy shores of Jumeirah beach offer al fresco dining – we chose to sit at ‘Shake Shack’ and this is my personal favorite for the best beef burgers I’ve had till date.We also tried the catch sticks at Catch 22 – you can choose from a variety of them – I liked the Teriyaki Salmon the most.JBR is also known for its stylish boutiques, handicraft shops, community events, supercars and a leisure walk along the waterfront. We noticed the ‘Turkish Ice cream’ stall here that is famous for its vendors playing tricks with the ice cream cone before finally serving it to the customer. People gather around the stall to watch his pranks and make videos that go viral on social media – I’m guilty of one myself :)We were fortunate to be in JBR at 8:30pm as it was time for the fireworks and boy was it amazing! The sky was illuminated with beautiful lights and sparkle – a night full of stars.Lock Stock & Barrel bar was next on our list. A party place that hosts live music bands. This was a perfect place to let your feet tap and groove on their music. A must visit for sure :) After dancing away the night, we were starving so we headed to the famous Lebanese eatery – Zaatar w Zeit. We started with ‘Hummus & Crackers’ which is mashed chickpeas blended with tahini sauce, served with chopped grilled vegetables and toasted multicereal crackers on the side. The ‘Pepperoni Pizza’ was made of beef slices and fresh mushroom with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. Back home in India, I am known to always order Pepperoni which is made of pork but this one with beef was something else. I am definitely going back for more!If you’re here, you should definitely try the ‘Manakeesh’, it is a popular Levantine food which consists of dough topped with thyme, cheese or meat. Very similar to a pizza, it can be sliced or folded. The ‘Turkey and Cheese Wrap’ was my favorite – a classic combination of melted cheese topped with slices of smoked turkey, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes and mayo mustard. I had two of those on a full stomach and wished I could pack more for the flight back home…It was almost morning once we had satisfied our food cravings and it was time to go back to the hotel with heavy hearts and so many memories.From rooftop pubs and sizzling beach clubs to fancy cocktail caverns and concerts under the stars, Dubai’s shape-shifting party spectrum caters for just about every taste, budget and age group.If you’re planning a trip to Dubai, I hope this blog is helpful and if you already have been there, do comment below with more suggestions and places we could visit next time we are there.Thanks for stopping by :)This post was originally published on Himadri Negi.
Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Okay so I never really fancied aquatic life but the “underwater thing” pulled me in and it was really a different experience
This view is form dubai marina mall. This place give the best exposure to dubai's architecture and creative mind. NO building here has same infrastructure. Each building is one of its kind and marvelous. There are restaurants by the creek which severe sheesha and food. Mall of emirates is smaller than dubai mall. One can spend hours nearby the creek walking cycling or just chilling!
Dubai Miracle Garden - Arjan-Dubailand - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
This passage is very colorful and attractive. One of the things which I loved here. This garden is full of colors. I almost spend five hours in Miracle garden and it was worth it. Sunset is the best time to be there. People who love flowers and nature will go crazy here like my parents. This garden is close to Global Village. These two places can be covered in a day but it can be hectic as both the places involves wondering.
Barasti Beach - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
My first solo visit was Barasti Beach bar coz that's the only thing which comes to our mind on a Saturday night. Barasti is the most well known party places there. Beach side club with beds on the sand, what else can one ask for. Quickly I grabbed something to drink and sat on the beach for a while. Wow !!! Just cant define the feeling of sitting there for hours.
Dubai Marina Dhow Cruise - Naif - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Its a 02-03 hour cruise along The Dubai Marina, which is a canal city in the Venetian tradition, carved along a two mile stretch of Persian Gulf shoreline. The most prominent sights are the illuminated sky scrapers of the new and exclusive Dubai Marina residences, The water promenade of The Dubai Marina Yacht club, The Dubai Marina mall, a host of international five star hotels with their splendid architecture, and private beaches, the infamous Palm Jumeirah along with the majestic Atlantis Hotel, and even the Burj Al Arab in the night sky whilst cruising through the Palm Canals. Breathtaking views of the fronds and golden mile, up close and personal to marvel at, including Signature Villas, Garden Homes and Canal Cove Town Homes on The Palm bought by the rich the famous. Dress Code for the Cruise would be Semi-Formals
World Islands - The World Islands - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
The World Islands are a cluster of tiny islands which well, form the world. The yiny islands, along with the Palm Jumeirah archipelago were formed as a plan to increase the coast line of Dubai to offer tourists more sun, surf and sand. An engineering marvel, the Islands are home to famous celebrities such as Tom Cruise, David Beckham and Shah Rukh Khan. It is a pleasant and soothing ride to these islands in the lap of the sea. With windows rolled down and mild wind playing with your hair, a trip to these archipelagos is a good way to spend half the day, most preferably the evening when the sun is mellow.
The Dubai Mall
Dubai Mall is paradise for people who love to shop. This is worlds largest mall. It might take a day or two to cover the whole mall. This mall is connected with Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountain. Variety of cuisines are available here. My personal favorite is The Cheesecake Factory. They have awesome cheesecake please do try. This mall also as a huge aquarium inside. It is an underwater zoo. You can spend as much time as you want. They also have sharks.
Ibn Battuta Mall - Jebel Ali Village - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
IBN Battuta Mall is one of the most beautiful malls I have seen. IBN is the world’s largest themed shopping mall with a total space of 521,000 square meters, additional 28,000 square meters expansion is on its way. IBN Battuta Mall has 6 courts inspired by some countries: Egypt Court, India Court, China Court, Andalusia Court, Tunisia Court. My personal favorite because of its grandness – Persia Court.