Soo last year as you all know I went to Dubai, I always said I didn’t get to do a lot, so I went back again this year and literally did everything I could and got the whole experience. August is a craaazy month to go, its the hottest month and its like 50 degrees everyday. Lets just say it is so hot I couldn’t stand outside for more than 4 minutes and the theme parks were deserted. It didn’t stop me from having an amazing time though!
Hotel – Jumeirah
Last year I stayed in Atlantis, it is a beautiful hotel but its so far from everything and I wanted to try something different so I chose a hotel in the Jumeirah location. Staying in a hotel within this area is amazing because theres four or five hotels next to each other which is quite weird right? But its perfect if you are staying in one of them because they are all owned by the same company and you can use the facilities at all of them such as the pool and if you go half or full board then you can eat at any hotel so you aren’t stuck at one. You can travel around the hotels by a boat and buggy service that runs 24/7. The service is amazing and they give you freebies everyday, they are also so accommodating and treat you like royalty!
Burj Al Arab
The Burj Al Arab is iconic to Dubai and its opposite the hotel, its perfect for your pictures and is breathtaking at night. I didn’t even realise how close I was going to be to it, but it was probably a 30 second walk from the hotel, there is always a buggy service that takes you as well which is ideal in the heat. The Burj Al Arab is known for being luxurious so they are strict on who enters, you can pay around 100AED if you are staying in a Jumeirah hotel to go inside and have food which is better compared to 350AED. You also have to book it in advance because they are so strict on who goes in and they tick your name off a list so being prepared is key. The service was amazing inside and they treat you like royalty again, even if you are there for a drink.They aren’t kidding when they say it is the best hotel in the world and its definitely something to tick off your bucket list!
Dubai Mall/ Fountain
I spent a lot of my time in Dubai Mall last year and I actually ended up going every day for my recent trip. It is huge and if you walk outside you can get the perfect view of the Burj Khalifa. I tried to go during the day but it was physically too hot to even walk outside so I came back at night to see the fountain which I recorded below (p.s the last minute is the best part). It is also home to a Sephora, in my opinion it is best to visit the Sephora stores in other locations because this one was soooo busy and impossible to move around.
This year I went inside the Burj Khalifa, you can book online in advance or through your hotel which is what I did. You have the option to go on the 124th/125th floor or higher which around the 140th floor. The 125th is the perfect floor for the perfect view, the higher you go the view is poor and you don’t want to pay just to see clouds, because you can just do that on the plane! There is professional photographers up there that take family pictures and you can take your own. Once again I didn’t realise that it was outdoor completely so there was no air con and I didn’t stay up there for long and get my moneys worth. It is definitely something you have to do when you go to Dubai and you have to go through a security but it is fairly quick and simple!
Mall Of the Emirates
This is my favourite Mall in Dubai, it was an indoor ski, and is a lot more quieter and chilled than Dubai Mall. There is also a Sephora that is quieter which makes it easier to look around. It has a lot of high street stores and department stores that you will find in the UK.
Dubai Marina Mall and Marina
Dubai Marina is iconic and I didn’t get to go last year. The mall itself is small but it has a nice feel to it. The Sephora there was completely dead so it was perfect again to visit ( can you tell I’m obsessed with Sephora?). The Marina is accessible through the Mall and its best to go at night. The Marina was a five minute drive from my hotel.
Dubai Park and Resorts
I didn’t even know Dubai had Legoland or even any theme parks. They opened at the end of 2016 and it really is in the middle of nowhere. A lot of taxi drivers aren’t really aware of how to get there either so its important to plan and ensure they know. We had a lot of difficulty getting there which was not ideal in the heat! The parks are all together and currently there is Legoland/ Water Park and Bollywood World, however they opened at 3pm when it was a lot cooler as it is all outdoors. The only good thing was that due to the heat the theme parks were practically deserted and there were no ques! I used a site to book all the attractions around Dubai at a low cost and it gives a better insight on what there is to do there which I will link at the end! Legoland is mainly for children and not suitable for people older as the Legoland in London is.
I had an amazing time in Dubai and did as much as I could! Its one of those places that you will never get bored of but planning is key to get the most out of the trip. I used headout to book my activities. I didnt get to do the desert safari because it was too hot!