In June, I have visited Dubai, the most populous city in United Arab Emirates. Just in 1980, Dubai has been a completely different city, without tall buildings and fancy cars. Now Dubai is well known around the world for its tallest building in the world and artificial islands. I didn’t have any expectation about Dubai, all I knew that I was going to be spending a week relaxing and eating. Sound fun right?
Once I arrived in Dubai, I felt right away how hot and dry it is. As I was exiting the airplane, I noticed that my glasses became very foggy, and I had to stop to not bump into anyone. When people told me that the weather is very hot in Dubai during the summer, I thought to myself that it’s ok, I can handle it. Well, it was so hot that I couldn’t stand outside longer than for 5 minutes. Fortunately, there are air conditioners everywhere, and there is a light breeze coming from the gulf, which makes the hot weather very bearable when you are spending time on the beach. My taxi driver told me that even ten years ago, there were not that many tall buildings as it is now. When I was driving around the city what caught my eye is how there is almost no greenery. The sparse location of trees and grass reminded me that Dubai lies within the Arabian desert.
During the summer time, the hotel prices drop, and you can get a room at a 4 or 5 star hotel for a very affordable price with a good breakfast included. I spent one week in Dubai and by the end of the sixth day I started to feel quite bored. I wanted to go outside for a walk, but I couldn’t handle such hot weather; thus I always stayed indoors except for my trips to the beach. If you love going to the beach and shop, then Dubai is your gem. I guess I’m just not one of those people. The beach is very gorgeous, with warm and clean water. There are so many malls in Dubai, but my favorite was the Dubai Mall (biggest mall in the world). It is very easy to get lost in there; it’s massive! I am not really into shopping, except if it’s a book store or an online shop. However, I liked this mall because there was an Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. When you enter the aquarium, you can buy a ticket that includes the activity of feeding the fish. In the Underwater Zoo, you will get a specific time when you and other people, who bought the same tickets, can feed the fish. Definitely, visit the Aquarium if you are going to be at the Dubai Mall. Don’t exchange your money in the hotels, go to the local mall and exchange there; you will get a better rate.
As you might have noticed, I didn’t take many photos in Dubai, this reason brings me to the huge tip that I would like to give you guys. Before you come to Dubai, buy the highest SPF sunscreen you can get, especially if you have light skin like me. The sun was brutal! The highlight of my trip was going on top of the Burj Khalifa. The view was amazing, and there was an outdoor observation deck, which was very impressive. Another attraction you should see is The Dubai Fountain. Use only taxi and not the cars that offer to drive you. Even next to hotels, malls and restaurants there are drivers looking for tourists that need a ride. What they will do is take you the longest way possible to your destination and then they will charge you much more than the regular taxi would.
If you are looking for a relaxing vacation on the beach, then Dubai is perfect for you.
Overall, I liked visiting Dubai and will definitely return again but in the winter time.
Please, share this with those who plan to visit Dubai!