Al Habibi - An escapade to the sun and sand

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Photo of Al Habibi - An escapade to the sun and sand by Mayuri Baid
Photo of Al Habibi - An escapade to the sun and sand by Mayuri Baid

To start the trip with the yatch ride

Photo of Al Habibi - An escapade to the sun and sand by Mayuri Baid

The amphitheatre at Madinat Jumeirah turns into a pretty sight by the night - wi

Photo of Al Habibi - An escapade to the sun and sand by Mayuri Baid

Live latin music would definitely warm you up to a lot of dancing

Photo of Al Habibi - An escapade to the sun and sand by Mayuri Baid

Tiki Puka Puka

Photo of Al Habibi - An escapade to the sun and sand by Mayuri Baid

The might Falcon

Photo of Al Habibi - An escapade to the sun and sand by Mayuri Baid

The crowd and its energy made us forget about the lack of sleep in most ways

Photo of Al Habibi - An escapade to the sun and sand by Mayuri Baid
Photo of Al Habibi - An escapade to the sun and sand by Mayuri Baid

Dune bashing, belly dancing, and a lot of photo opportunities

Photo of Al Habibi - An escapade to the sun and sand by Mayuri Baid
Photo of Al Habibi - An escapade to the sun and sand by Mayuri Baid
Photo of Al Habibi - An escapade to the sun and sand by Mayuri Baid

Touristy as much as it maybe - was much needed to be done

Photo of Al Habibi - An escapade to the sun and sand by Mayuri Baid

This was one of the shortest trip abroad I have ever made, due to yelling bosses and dwindling casual leave balance right at the beginning of the year. However what made the trip memorable still was the amount of sleep I was able to catch in my 3 days 3 nights in Dubai - 9 hours in total and the number of things I was able to strike off my list.  It was one insane trip and each day felt like a week. This was also the first time I went out with my girl friends and planned the trip completely solo without any boy meddling - not that I mind my boy friend working hard on an itinerary but usually those itineraries are never sufficient to satisfy my shopping cravings.

Some key things for female travelers (can talk specifically about the 'from India to Dubai' scene) - Getting a Dubai Visa could be a little tricky due to the prostitution troubles, so find a good agent and ensure to get an OK to FLY in time. And once you are in Dubai - you are literally the boss. the city is safe and the shopping is crazy - though not as cheap as I have always heard the girls ranting about but yes! We love malls and there is no denying that. And if them mommies want to buy some gold for them future hubbies - keep a day extra. Below is my itinerary before I left for Dubai, but as a few of you would point out - it was quite an ambitious one.  

Still try to make the most of it and who said you can only go to Dubai once. 

Food Trail

1. Cream cheese feteer at Al Amoor Restaurant
2.Try vegetarian version of Pakistani food at Kebab BQ(Jumeirah Beach)
 
3. Try Baklawa
 
4. Late night nibbles at Shaikh Zayed Road
 
5. Traders Vick in Hotel Medinath - Try cocktails especially tiki pooka pooka
 
6. Non-vegetarians - Barbeque Delight at Jumeirah beach for peshawari ribs, Ravi (24/7) pak eatery, Al Mallah at Satwa, PF Chang's in Mall of Emirates. Jabal Al Noor in Bur Dubai
 
7. Wafi Gourmet Dubai Mall - Middle eastern food
 
8. Cheesecake Factory - possibly breakfast after early morning Burz Khalifa trip
 
 
Travel Trail
1. Bastakiya Al Fahidi district: Lets plan to walk around in the evening or early morning there one of the days.
2. Make a reservation at Burj Al Arab(The only so called 7-star hotel) and get a view of islands and burz-khalifa
3. Desert Safari and Dune Bashing - a 6 hour affair, dont forget to cheer the driver during Dune Bashing. The more adventurous ones can even opt-in for a quad bike

4. Burz Khalifa - Obviously meet the giant - 

5. Formula Rossa - Ferrari World (Abu Dhabi) - one of the fastest roller coasters in the world. With speeds upto 240 km/h
6. The Jumeirah Mosque and the Abu Dhabi mosque - Really pretty but ensure to read-up on what can be worn.
7. Yatch Ride
8. Bur Dubai  Dubail Creek and Abra ride - Walk along the creek, take the abra ride, look for old souvenirs
 
Shopping Trail
1. Ibn Batuta Mall 
2. Check out Meena Bazaar in Bur Dubai - for souvenirs, good and cheap perfumes, 
3. Dubai Mall - Just to see, too expensive to buy anything
4. Souk Madinat Jumeirah - To chill and enjoy old Dubai and have a drink or two at some pub
5. Arte- Artisans of the Emirates
6. Emirates Mall- Artisans of the Emirates
 
Paaaarty Trail
1. Cavalli Club
2. Barasti Beach Bar
3. Armani Privy
4. Pacha Ibiza Dubai
 
Being in dubai, one thing which one needs to definitely strike off the list is 'Partying like a boss'. Armani and Cavalli are two places which the like-minded night club connoisseurs had highly recommended. The night - partly a blur, did not disappoint us. Tips: the place needs reservations and being on a guest list is much advised.
Photo of ARMANI/PRIVE DUBAI by Mayuri Baid
We were there on a friday night, and true to what I had heard beforehand, it is quite a chilled out place. There was live music and a lot of dancing and the people there are partly responsible in making Barasti Beach Bar one of the must-dance-at place of Dubai.

The crowd and its energy made us forget about the lack of sleep in most ways

Photo of Barasti Beach, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh Road - Jumeirah Beach - إمارة دبيّ - United Arab Emirates by Mayuri Baid
Tip: Try taking the early morning slot, was 8:30 for us (is more economical)

Touristy as much as it maybe - was much needed to be done

Photo of Burj Khalifa, 1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard - Dubai - United Arab Emirates by Mayuri Baid

The might Falcon

Photo of DESER SAFARI, DUBAI by Mayuri Baid

Dune bashing, belly dancing, and a lot of photo opportunities

Photo of Desert Safari by Mayuri Baid
Our yatch was running late by 1.5 hours, but the ride was top-class. One thing which was a downer was the driver's false promise to stop by at a private lagoona where we could go for a swim - which was never fulfilled as you would have guessed by now. The yatch has a stock of cold-drinks and water but ensure to carry refreshments like chips etc. The deck was quite well maintained and so were the rooms and the toilet. The entire circuit includes practically all wort-seeing Dubai sights and starts and ends at Marina.

To start the trip with the yatch ride

Photo of Dubai Marina Yacht Club, Dubai Marina - إمارة دبيّ - United Arab Emirates by Mayuri Baid
Photo of Interesting Lebanese food and refreshing drinks was a common theme through the entire trip by Mayuri Baid

The amphitheatre at Madinat Jumeirah turns into a pretty sight by the night - wi

Photo of Madinat Jumeirah, Jumeirah Beach Rd, Near Burj Al Arab - إمارة دبيّ - United Arab Emirates by Mayuri Baid

Tiki Puka Puka

Photo of Trader Vic's Madinat Jumeira by Mayuri Baid

Live latin music would definitely warm you up to a lot of dancing

Photo of Trader Vic's madinat jumeirah by Mayuri Baid
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