So I’ve decided the best way to blog about our trip is to do a post country by country. I have so many wonderful photos to share and this is the easiest way to do it. I’ll also share all our travel tips that we learnt along they way.
To start the ball rolling lets go to Dubai.
Imagine a place full of grandeur, opulence and extreme heat. This is Dubai and the first stop on our trip.
Everything is just over the top . I had no idea what to expect and to tell the truth I was even a little hesitant to stay there at all, but to my surprise I absolutely loved it! We stayed at Atlantis the Palm, a whole resort built on what used to be open ocean only 10 years ago.
We spent most of our time in the resort but also ventured out to visit the Gold Souk, Dubai Mall, Emirates Mall, Burj Kahlifa and my favourite, high tea in at the Burj Al Arab. You could literally not leave Atlantis if you didn’t want to. They have everything there including a huge water park, indoor aquarium, Dolphin Cove, two enormous pools, numerous restaurants and beach parties thumping tunes with white lounges covering the coral sand beach. Russ did a snorkel dive with the sharks and I even convinced my 75 year old mum to come on the water rapids with me, I’m so proud of her.
If you ever visit Dubai I highly recommend the high tea in the Skyview Bar at the Burj Al Arab. You can’t visit the hotel without a reservation and for $120 Aussie dollars you can enjoy the most extravagant high tea you have ever experienced all while soaking in the views of the Persian Gulf and Dubai coast line.
Getting around was easy with cab hopping everywhere, however hang on tight these guys are very heavy footed. I loved the Gold Souk but if you don’t like being hassled by street vendors this might not be the place for you. Mum was easily ushered into stores before we came to the rescue. At the Dubai Mall I window shopped $100,000 just on one pair of shoes and a necklace. They also have some fabulous house furnishing shops that I could have gone crazy in. Great prices, but how do I get it all home.
I walked around in a short sleeve shirt and knee length skirt and had no problems anywhere, we also ate all the food and drank the water with no upset bellies. I would have loved to have had more time to see more of the culture and religion but I’ll have to save that for next time.
If you are ever planning a visit I highly recommend having a Citibank credit card. Citibank is huge over in the United Arab Emirates and on numerous occasions we received up to 20% off our bills just by paying with our Citibank card. I also upgraded the three of us to business class for our onward flight to Paris with points from my Citibank credit card. If I had enough points I could have upgraded the whole trip because at some point from when I purchased our flights every sector was available for upgrade. I just didn’t have enough for all three of us.
Atlantis The Palm
We received a free upgrade being first time guests, which basically means that we got a higher room with a better view, and what a view it was!
The Aquarium built into the hotel. AMAZING!
Just a typical day in the hotel carpark
The Leap of Faith a water slide that goes through a shark tank, Russ went on but I chickened out.
Nice car, Mr Police Officer
The foyer of the Burj Al Arab, this place took our breath away.
High Tea in the Skyview Bar at the Burj Al Arab
Looking back at our resort on the Palm from the Burj Al Arab – It looks so small
Our view from the Skyview Bar for High Tea
Down town Dubai
The Gold Souk
Burj Al Khalifa – Tallest Building in the World 828m
Aaaahhh sheer bliss flying business class on the A380.