Arriving in Dubai was really exciting, when I was planning my dream trip around the world; I knew I just had to go to Dubai! Dubai just seems like an amazing county, very modern, yet has a lot of history at the same time. There are so many places that I really wanted to visit in Dubai, and I’m so glad I got to go!
Once we landed in Dubai, I went to my hotel, Bavaria Executive Suites Bur Dubai, a 5 star hotel that still affordable, if you would believe that. i got a 1 bedroom deluxe room, which has one bed with a bathroom and a kitchenette. the hotel room was very large, very nice and, most importantly, very clean. the hotel room only cost me $84 a night or $252 for my entire stay.
On my first day in Dubai, I went to Burj Khalifa, The tallest building in the world. I went all the way up to the 124th floor and went out to the outdoors observations deck. The view from the building was just amazing. I was so high up that I could see so much of the city around me, but everything looked so small. The city even more impressive from a distance, everything looked so perfect and peaceful. I looked out the behold telescope, where you can see the landscape in real time and see images of those landscaped taken at a different time or with different weather. It was cool to see how your view could have been different, for example if you came early in the morning, the afternoon or late at night, or if it was raining, cloudy or sunny. The view from the Burj was honestly amazing and one of the most beautiful things that I have seen this whole trip, and that’s saying something. admission into the tower was 100 AED or about $28 CAD.
After visiting the Burj, I headed to the Dubai mall of the Emirates, but I wasn’t going there just for shopping. Although I did do a bit of shopping (I just couldn’t help myself), I went mainly to go skiing. Wow, that sounds weird, I went to a mall to ski, but it’s true. The mall has an indoor ski slope, the 3rd largest in the whole world. As a lover of skiing, I just had to try some indoor skiing, and I thought that I might as well try it in Dubai. Although I love skiing, I have only ever tried it outdoors, crazy as that sounds. This skiing was good, although the hills were not as large as real mountains, like the Swiss Alps. But what do you expect from a mound of snow inside a shopping mall? The snow was actually very nice and there was a nice mix of terrain, some beginner, some intermediate and some advanced. I never thought that I would be able to go skiing in the middle east, but it is possible, and quite an enjoyable experience. After skiing, I headed back to my hotel and got some rest for my next adventures. A lift ticket wa 300 AED, or about $85 CAD for the whole day
On my second day in Dubai, I wanted to see the Dubai fountains. The fountain shoots water at heights of 500 feet, as high as a 50-story building. It was amazing to see the fountain shoot water so unbelievably high into the air. The most amazing thing about the fountain was that the shooting water was choreographed to music! There were performances and it was like the water was performing for us, it was simply amazing.
After seeing the fountain, I went to the Bur Dubai Abra Dock. I took a short, traditional boat rise for about ten minutes. I loved the boat ride; it was nice seeing the water all around me. After the boat ride, I went to the souks and galleries. There were textile souks, gold souks and art galleries.
On my third and final day in Dubai, I visited the Bastakia Quarter, which has many culturally and historically significant sights. Some of the sights that I saw were the al fahidi fort, the Dubai museum, and the sheikh Mohammed centre for cultural understanding. Along with this, there are art galleries, handicraft shops, cafes, souks, amazing views and bazaars. Walking around the Bastakia Quarter was really enjoyable, there was so much to do, it was never boring, and I could go back multiple times and not get tired of it.
After walking around the Bastakia Quarter, I decided to go to the Souk Madinat Jumeriah. This is an entertainment complex with traditional Arabian souks in it. There are many shops, restaurants and bars to visit as well. It was such as experience to walk down the souks, there are such beautiful things on sale, like the textiles, and everyone is bartering, which is very difficult for me and quite foreign as well. I bought a couple things in the souks, but I probably got ripped off because they knew that I was a tourist, but I guess it doesn’t matter that much, I bought some nice souvenirs.
Emirates DXB 11:00p → BKK 8:20a 6h 20m nonstop
total cost: $848