Dubai. Perhaps one of the most talked about and controversial cities of our time.
Seven Star hotels, gold cars and gold sushi, the Palm and World Islands, million dollar number plates, aquariums and ice skating rinks inside some of the world’s largest malls and the world’s tallest buildings. They really like to go all out and there is something for everybody to enjoy.
I had the chance to explore Dubai briefly last December for 3 days. Devouring exquisite dishes, drinking mojitos, watching polo matches, dwelling into the old souks bargaining. For those couple of days, the city took my breath away. Now, I get to explore Dubai properly when I fly there onboard Emirates [ fingers crossed to getting a free business class upgrade, those massage chairs are amazing] in a weeks time.
Dubai has a lot to offer, especially for us foodies. You can get around Dubai via traditional public transport i.e taxis, buses, trains or via the new Dubai Tram to any destination, no matter how far for 3AED which is around $1. Bargain.
I’ll be staying at the super sexy JW Marriott Marquis Hotel in Dubai. Feast your eyes on how beautiful this structure is.
And I’m pretty sure this is the room I’ll be resting in. Finally, a decent nights sleep.
So for #mydubai Bucket List, I’ve included the following:
Dining at the highest restaurant on Earth. Rightfully called Atmosphere, the holder of the Guinness World Record for the Highest Restaurant from Ground Level at 1,450 feet. It is situated in the Burj Khalifa, and is one of the world’s finest luxury dining and lounge experiences, holding unparalleled views of Dubai and the Arabian Gulf.
Imagine eating a 350gram Wagyu Sirloin with that view!
Hitting the streets of Dubai and overindulging on the local cuisines. Food from every nation is made daily in Dubai giving us more of a reason to look forward to this trip. Fresh sweets, juicy medium cooked steaks, incredibly delicious seafood, freshly baked breads, whatever you’re craving – it’s there. Extra pairs of fat pants must be purchased.
Something I missed out on and really looking forward to do this time is the Desert Safari Adventure. Get picked up around 3pm and heading to the desert for a 30min Dune Driving session. After that, you can participate in the belly dancing, sunset photography, henna painting, enjoying some hubbly bubbly / shisha, and a Buffet BBQ Dinner [ definitely looking forward to that].
If you’re a little more adventurous, you can opt-in for the sand skiing or quad biking. Yiiihaa!
Hey fishy fishy. Feel like a kid again at Dubai Mall’s Aquarium and Underwater Zoo.
Checking out over 70 different marine species including some 300 sharks and rays at close quarter and if you’re courageous enough, you can hang out amongst the thousands of aquatic animals at Dubai Aquarium with the cage snorkeling experience.
Spending the day with friends and family at the Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark on The Palm, Dubai. If you’re brave enough, slide down The Leap of Faith. This slide will have you falling over 9 stories in a mere second before you find yourself speeding through a clear acrylic tube surrounded by sharks and rays.
As a huge car fanatic, taking a trip to Abu Dhabi for the day would be awesome to check out Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the largest indoor and first Ferrari theme park, located on Yas Island. Inside lies the world’s fastest roller coaster hitting speeds of 240km/h and a whopping 4.8g/s.
Something I’ve been longing to do for a while now is to jump out of a plane with Skydive Dubai over The Palm Islands.
Or perhaps making our way through Dubai’s most historic streets, exploring, tasting and savouring plates of rich ethnic culture that get served up in Old Dubai everyday with Frying Pan Culinary Adventures.
Very recently, Australian Lebanese Chef Greg Malouf opened up a new restaurant called Cle, so a cooking masterclass with him would be fantastic.
There’s so much for to do and see in Dubai such as seeing the unparalleled views of Dubai At The Top, Burj Khalifa, enjoying an Emirati meal at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding and chilling with the penguins at the Ski Dubai snow resort.
I can’t concentrate. I’m so excited that I’m counting down days and hours till the day.
Have you been to Dubai? What did you think of it? Are there any places you recommend?