Betsy Loves, Travel

Dubs

I’m baaaaaack. Sorry for the radio silence, lovelies, but I’ve been on my jollies – this time, with the divine Miss S in Dubai, of all places. It’s never been on my globetrotting hit list, but I can’t resist a city where my nearest and dearest reside.

It’s such a curious place. It’s both exactly what you imagine – big, brash, bold, with high-rise buildings towering above you, the world’s biggest shopping malls, visible wealth everywhere, and a ‘live young, die fast, and leave a good looking corpse’ mentality – and yet, I really liked it. There’s something to be said for waking up every day and almost guaranteeing it’s going to be sunny. As Miss S said, ‘it’s life changing’. It really is.

The Arrival

Obligatory aeroplane shot

Obligatory aeroplane shot

The Burj Khalifa (the tallest building in the world) as my taxi zipped past

The Burj Khalifa (the tallest building in the world) as my taxi zipped past

 

Day One – A beach at The Palm, and dinner at the Jumeirah Beach Residence

Day One - the private hotel beach at Riva on the Palm. You can see the 'Sail' hotel (Burj al Arabe) in the background

Day One – the private hotel beach at Riva on the Palm. You can see the ‘Sail’ hotel (Burj al Arabe) in the background

The view from Miss S' balcony...

The view from Miss S’ balcony…

As a The Big Bang Theory fan, this was a momentous occasion

As a The Big Bang Theory fan, this was a momentous occasion

The beautiful and very modern (Miss S calls this area 'California') fountains at the Jumeirah Beach Residence

The beautiful and very modern (Miss S calls this area ‘California’) fountains at the Jumeirah Beach Residence

 

Day Two – Breakfast in the Desert, and a Boat Party

Day Two - leaving the city for breakfast in the desert

Day Two – leaving the city for breakfast in the desert

All the high-rises that I expected

All the high-rises that I expected

And then came the sand!

And then came the sand!

Relaxing (but bloody hot!) sand. This was post getting Miss S' tiny Kia Piccanto stuck in the sand, digging the wheels out, and flagging down a 4X4 with a handy South African family in to help push us back on to the road...

Relaxing (but bloody hot!) sand. This was post getting Miss S’ tiny Kia Piccanto stuck in the sand, digging the wheels out, and flagging down a 4X4 with a handy South African family in to help push us back on to the road…

Miss S herself

Miss S herself

Beautiful

Beautiful

The adventurer

The adventurer

That's me, well, my feet, in the desert

That’s me, well, my feet, in the desert

I love a good pan'

I love a good pan’

The classic shot

The classic shot

From the desert to the ocean - a boat party

From the desert to the ocean – a boat party, and the Burj Al Arabe from a different angle

What a view! And our resting place for the day.

What a view! And our resting place for the day.

Fellow sundowners

Fellow sundowners

A very big boat - the Sheik's wife's apparently...

A very big boat – the Sheik’s wife’s apparently…

Speeding home

Speeding home

A bit wonky and blurred, but that's the Atlantis Hotel you can see very faintly on the horizon

A bit wonky and blurred, but that’s the Atlantis Hotel you can see very faintly on the horizon

A very happy pair

A very happy pair

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This was our boat.

This was our boat.

It was so hot that the lens kept steaming up!

It was so hot that the lens kept steaming up!

 

Day Three – A trip to Fujuirah with wild camels and Snoopy Island

Day Three - sunset from Miss S' flat, and an early start to drive to another Emirate state - Fuijerah

Day Three – sunrise from Miss S’ flat, and an early start to drive to another Emirate state – Fujuirah

Wild camel!

Wild camel!

A gorgeous mosque

A gorgeous mosque

Today's backdrop

Today’s backdrop

Today's main attraction - Snoopy Island - imagine Snoopy lying down on the top of his kennel - see his feet, belly and nose!

Today’s main attraction – Snoopy Island – imagine Snoopy lying down on the top of his kennel – see his feet, belly and nose!

Snoopy

Snoopy

 

Day Four – My Birthday!!! Swim and sunbathe, Dubai Mall, Dubai Aquarium, and dinner at The Oberoi

Day four - AND MY BIRTHDAY! What better way to start than a swim and sunbathe at Miss S' private pool and sun deck? This is the view!

Day four – AND MY BIRTHDAY! What better way to start than a swim and sunbathe at Miss S’ private pool and sun deck? This is the view, obvs!…

The Burj Khalifa in daylight, and all its glory

The Burj Khalifa in daylight, and all its glory

The legendary fountains, also the tallest in the world

The legendary fountains, also the tallest in the world

Dubai Mall - the biggest in the world - this shot was a teeny tiny corner. It was very weird seeing M&Co and Waitrose

Dubai Mall – the biggest in the world – this shot was a teeny tiny corner. It was very weird seeing M&Co and Waitrose

The Aquarium in the Mall. Spanning three levels with tiger sharks and manta rays

The Aquarium in the Mall. Spanning three levels with tiger sharks and manta rays

Ray!

Ray!

Ray again!

Ray again!

Ray again again! Can you tell I like rays?

Ray again again! Can you tell I like rays?

In the underwater tunnel

In the underwater tunnel

Casual shark selfie

Casual shark selfie

Back at the underwater zoo part of the Aquarium, and I found my spirit fish

Back at the underwater zoo part of the Aquarium, and I found my spirit fish

The air-conditioned luxurious 'souk' in the Mall

The air-conditioned luxurious ‘souk’ in the Mall

Some bloody great jewels. All real!

Some bloody great jewels. All real!

Whirling dervish

Whirling dervish

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The Shoe District...

The Shoe District…

My birthday cake to myself

My birthday cake to myself

The 'waterfall'

The ‘waterfall’

Home time, and Miss S greeted me with carrot cake. Lush

Home time, and Miss S greeted me with carrot cake. Lush

My birthday dinner at The Oberoi

My birthday dinner at The Oberoi

Miss S surprising me with a sparkler and a rousing version of 'Happy Birthday'. Ignore the glowing antlers I seem to have acquired...

Miss S surprising me with a sparkler and a rousing version of ‘Happy Birthday’. Ignore the glowing antlers I seem to have acquired…

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Birthday drinks to finish the night off

Birthday drinks to finish the night off

 

Day Five – Jumeirah Mosque, The Creek, the souqs and Al Fahidi

Day five - and a visit to Jumeirah Mosque. I met up with the girlfriend of the son of some of my parents' friends (got that?), and we hopped on the tour. Less of a tour, and more of a talk, it was fascinating

Day five – and a visit to Jumeirah Mosque. I met up with the girlfriend of the son of some of my parents’ friends (got that?), and we hopped on the tour. Less of a tour, and more of a talk, it was fascinating

Coverng up, and looking like E.T.

Coverng up, and looking like E.T.

Inside

Inside

Our 'tour' guide

Our ‘tour’ guide

On to the Creek - the oldest part of Dubai

On to the Creek – the oldest part of Dubai

We grabbed an abra to get from one side of the Creek to the other

We grabbed an abra to get from one side of the Creek to the other

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The Spice Souk!

The Spice Souk!

Those preserved lemons smelled divine. I treated Brother James to a pack

Those preserved lemons smelled divine. I treated Brother James to a pack

The Gold Souk!

The Gold Souk!

Gold, gold, and gold!

Gold, gold, and gold!

Another agra ride back across the Creek

Another abra ride back across the Creek

And another selfie!

And another selfie!

Where old and new Dubai collide

Where old and new Dubai collide

Dubai museum

Dubai museum

Al Fahidi - the actual oldest part of Dubai

Al Fahidi – the actual oldest part of Dubai

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Day Six – The Top of the Burj, and the Madinat Jumeirah

Day six - the sunrise before the top of the Burj

Day six – the sunrise before the top of the Burj

Not a brilliant shot, but surrounded by skyscrapers once more

Not a brilliant shot, but surrounded by skyscrapers once more

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The metro - clean, cheap, fast, air conditioned and reliable

The metro – clean, cheap, fast, air conditioned and reliable

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Right at the base

Right at the base

At the top!

At the top!

There I am, looking like a numpty!

There I am, looking like a numpty!

Out to sea

Out to sea

The Madinat Jumeirah for my final night.

The Madinat Jumeirah for my final night.

The 'Sail' in the background

The ‘Sail’ in the background

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Goodbye Dubai!

Goodbye Dubai!

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5 thoughts on “Dubs

  1. I’ve enjoyed reading this post Betsy – although I’ve transitted through Dubai airport on many occasions en route to and from Europe I’ve never stopped over there. Several friends have and recommend it. Belated happy birthday greetings – looks like you had a great time! 🙂

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