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At the Top, Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa, the tallest structure in the world at 829m ousting Toronto’s very own CN Tower (553m) for the title of tallest freestanding structure.

 

However for us tourists, we can only get up to L124 “At the Top” (452m) or ¬†L148 ¬†“At the Top Sky” (555m). Which realistically is still higher CN Tower’s observatory¬†as Burj Khalifa¬† held the record of highest outdoor observation deck until 2011. Continue reading

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Champagne Brunch

Honestly a brunch like no other! The most expensive meal of my life costing at $180 CAD for non-alcoholic and $214 CAD for alcoholic per person. But definitely well worth it for the experience as it is a must-do activity in Dubai. Brunch on Fridays in particular are most infamous and keyed as ‘Champagne Brunch’ because weekends in UAE (and Middle East?) start after Thursday’s work day – so the drinking starts early by Friday morning!

After much research the venue we chose was Al Qasr at Madinat Jumeirah. Continue reading

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Ladies’ Night is Every Night in Dubai

Being a lady is great in Dubai if you enjoy going to the bar for a few drinks after work. You don’t need to worry about cover or paying for your drinks – don’t even need to chat up guys for free drinks either!¬† A very popular and well known weekly event is Tuesday Ladies’ Night – most bars and clubs partake in this. And they give up to sometimes 3 or 4 drink tickets per person!!!! Why don’t we have this here?

In addition, you are likely to be able to find a Ladies’ Night for every night of the week somewhere within the city. In our case we went to four – Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.¬† Continue reading

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Desert Safari in Dubai

In Dubai, a very popular tourist attraction (I believe is a tourist trap though), is their desert safari excursions. I mean, I still signed up excitedly no less. We chose ours with Arabian Nights because we found a BOGO discount for it.

The itinerary said it included:
  1. Sand dune bashing
  2. Sand boarding
  3. Camel Riding
  4. Henna Tattoo
  5. Meal / Shisha
The main attraction is the dune bashing inside a Land Cruiser and the add on’s that I was especially interested in were sand boarding and camel riding.

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Meeting Penguins!!!

Alicia says her most memorable moment of our trip was skydiving (which I was not there for because I have extreme fear of falling from heights…How could that be her favourite moment if I wasn’t present?). I guess in contrast, one of my most memorable moments was one she skipped out on too – meeting penguins at Ski Dubai!! Ski Dubai is a mini ski resort / winter playground / penguin habitat inside, can you believe it, a mall! Obviously, compared to what we are used to in Canada, the snow and the hill looks extremely sad and fake. However, penguins!!

There are multiple packages available, where of course, the more you pay, the more interaction you get. I didn’t get to be immersed in a huddle of little penguins as I had wished for because that required a minimum of 4 people to book online. However, being able to see one so up close and touching their feathers was already very exciting as it is! I like to believe it is an unique experience few people get to have. Continue reading

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Cruising on The Yellow Boat

I think Alicia and I did UAE proud as we hit up nearly all of the most common tourist attractions in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.¬† This is proven as we met 3 different locals who seemed satisfied with our itinerary. The only thing we didn’t do was go to a Friday Brunch after party (more on Friday Brunch later).

 

 

The Yellow Boats tour was an activity that Alicia found and originally I wasn’t extremely interested in it because I thought it could be a bit boring given that it the tour was for 90 minutes. However, these boats although by appearance look like little rescue boats, the exterior of the boat is pretty strong and so is the engine.

Once we were out of the Dubai Marina, the boat sped up so fast!  Periodically, the driver would also purposely swerve the boat so we would be halfway in the air sideways Рwhich was scary at first but exhilarating once I got used to it. Thank god for life jackets as the ride was pretty bumpy due to the speed.

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Old Dubai

After spending a week in Jordan, the change to a developed and thriving city was much appreciated and definitely missed. It was nice to return to a land with air conditioning, better Wi-Fi, more food choices, and less stares on being foreign.

Although Dubai is quite well known to be multicultural, what we found was the local foreigners were mostly Caucasian or South Asian – not so much East Asian. But I’m sure we stood out more because of our attire and conversation showing that we were clearly tourists.

Stepping into our hotel (Atana Hotel) which is only 3 to 4 star (in Dubai it can go up to 7 even….), was a huge breath of fresh air. I didn’t have much expectations for the hotel since we got it at a discount and I normally don’t stay in anything fancy…so I was extremely pleasantly surprised by how pretty our hotel lobby and even our rooms were; felt like entering paradise.¬† Ironically our hotel named their 2 towers after Adam and Eve.
However, as technologically advanced and developed Dubai is as a city, there is still a more “olden” part of it in the Bur Dubai and Deira area.

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The main attraction in this area is travelling across the Dubai Creek in a local abra (little boat) and also the various specialty souks (markets) Рespecially the spice and gold souks. The common route is to go to Bur Dubai and take an abra to cross the creek to Deira where the souks are. 

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