I’m back! The blissful week of sunshine, pool time and relaxation is sadly over. Luckily however, the fun isn’t quite over yet! With a birthday coming up tomorrow and a move on the cards for the end of the week oh yes! it’s all systems go. Before I attempt to get back into the swing of things I thought I would reflect over the past week, what I got up to and a bit of travel advice for anyone else looking to go out to Dubai.
Weather – Dubai is hot. I know I’m stating the obvious here but it is one seriously hot place. This is the reason why we choose it as a holiday destination for the end of September/October. The temperature dial is creeping down from the high 40s to the high 30s making it a tad more bearable to get around however you can still get a mighty find tan. It also means guaranteed sunshine. Personally if I am shelling out money to go away towards the end of the year I want to know that I’m going to be able to enjoy the sunshine & glorious heat by laying out by the pool without a chill in the air.
Shopping – Dubai is shopping mall mecca. Each one is huge in size, grand in statue and filled to the brim with every restaurant, designer, store or souk you may need. You have aquariums, indoor ski areas, Olympic sized ice rinks all housed within these shopping destinations and you can very easily loose an evening or three exploring. Although you may find yourself inside a mall on more than one occasion there are a couple of things to bare in mind: 1) everything arrives to Dubai 2 months later than the rest of the world 2) everything is expensive. As Dubai imports all it’s goods it means you do end up paying a few £s more compared to the price tag of items in the UK.
Food – because Dubai imports everything, get ready for a culinary taste experience of every American/Canadian/British chain you can think of. I’m talking Cheesecake Factory, iHop, Shake Shake, Five Guys, Nandos, Tim Hortons, the Harrods Morelli’s Ice Cream Parlour even Vapiano! Culture isn’t thriving in Dubai however if you are a lover of cheesecake like myself, you can still indulge in your favourite American treats out in the desert.
Getting Around – the local transport system in Dubai is pretty vast. You have the metro, tram and taxi fleet all available to keep you moving around the city. Each time I’ve been to Dubai we have gotten around by taxi, sidewalks aren’t something often used due to the heat and thanks to the epic 14 lane roads, taxis are the most convenient way to travel. They also don’t cost you a lot! On our recent trip we used Uber, all our outward journeys were grabbed via the app (which worked just as well, if not better compared to London) and then we picked up a local taxi to come back. Each shopping mall or hotel has a taxi pickup point with often 20+ cars sitting and waiting to pickup passengers. Although at times I miss the independence of being able to get around myself, you can’t complain at being driven ;)
Have you ever been to Dubai before? Let me know if you have anymore questions about what it’s like visiting this incredible city :)