#TravelDiaries – Dubai 2018

Hey guys,

Sorry for my slightly extended absence but I’m back. This blog post is a little different & I’m super excited because it’s my first #TravelDiary. I was in Dubai for a couple of days living my absolute best life.

Firstly, if you are thinking of planning a trip to Dubai, I would 100% recommend going. It is such a beautiful country, and my second visit felt just like my first! I was in Dubai for 4 full days with my mum & sister.

I decided to put some travel tips together for you guys, if you are thinking of going to Dubai also.

#1: Flights

Flights are pretty much around £300 all year round, so it’s inexpensive. We made sure to book during the January sales, therefore grabbing a great deal. Travelling with Virgin Atlantic direct from London Heathrow to Dubai International Airport took 6h45mins, which gave me time to catch up with my sleep & some movies.

#2: Accommodation

Dubai is as expensive as you make it!

If you want to stay in the Burj al-Arab, then be prepared to fork out a massive amount of money during your stay. However, there are plenty of affordable hotels and apartments located around Dubai- it is all dependent on what sort of area you would like to stay in, the level of luxury you want & how long you decide to stay for.

I stayed at the Amwaj Rotana, which is located in the Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR). We decided to stay in this area because we wanted a relaxing beach holiday. In JBR, there is a strip of lovely hotels located next to each other (with not much difference between them) – so you will definitely be spoilt for choice! What I also love about JBR is the vast amount of restaurants and shops that they have, all within walking distance.

The only thing I could say about JBR is that it was about 20/30 minutes away from most places we visited during our trip. Next time, I would like to stay closer to the city centre.

There are plenty of websites which you could leave a small deposit for your accommodation & pay closer to the date- so you don’t have to pay the whole expense at once. (If you need help, feel free to contact me)

#3: Weather

Dubai is the perfect country if you’re looking for a hot getaway. But let me pre warn you, Dubai can get incredibly warm. When I went in June, the weather was disgustingly hot; around 40-45 degrees everyday. This made daily activities seem like such a task and I often felt light headed when out for too long.

However in March, the weather is much nicer. It was around 30 degrees daily, with a nice cool breeze at most times. Before booking your flight, I would recommend looking at the weather first; I now know that June-September is the hottest time of the year.

#4: Expenses

Before I start with the expenses, I would just like to say that Dubai is quite expensive in comparison to the UK. Especially for a student, so that’s why I would recommend booking well in advance, so you have a chance to save. Realistically, you would need around £400+ spending money, if you really want to make the most out of your trip. However, this is all dependent on what you want to do on your trip. If you’ve come to relax, you’ll probably spend much less. If you’ve come for an activities filled trip, then be prepared to spend more money. You might have even come just for the sole purpose of shopping, if so, then you already know it’s going to be expensive!

#5: Food

I came to Dubai to eat. With over 100 restaurants located around; I was in heaven. Pretty much all of the restaurants that you might find in the UK & the US, you would find in Dubai- which was great for me. I was able to visit my favourite restaurants again such as The Cheesecake Factory, an American chain restaurant & Kiza, an African restaurant and lounge. With Dubai, I can definitely say that they have massive portions- so you are getting your money’s worth! I also ate at IHOP for the first time, after looking forward to it for ages. Defo, my type of restaurant. I visited Benihana with my mum, which was luckily in our hotel & it was a fun dining experience with delicious food.

I didn’t really get a chance to visit lots of restaurants, as my hotel was half board, so I spent a lot of time eating at the hotel instead. The buffet style meals had a fantastic selection daily.

I would also recommend going to their fast food restaurants such as McDonald’s, Burger King, Pizza Hut & KFC because the menu is different (and much better) than the UK one- sorry, not sorry!

#6: Things to do

During my stay I went to the Gold Souk, both the original and the new one. The Gold Souk is located within the market which has everything from Oud to clothing and souvenirs. I managed to get a few bits , but it was much more my mum’s scene. If you’ve got African parents, then I’m sure you can relate. But it was definitely fun to see the locals and interact with them.

I also visited The Dubai Mall, the largest mall in the world and The Mall of the Emirates. Both of these malls were glitzy probably every store you could imagine. You should pay The Dubai Mall a visit, even if you are not shopping. There is nothing that you can’t find there- it even has an aquarium located within it.

The one thing that I really wanted to do, was to go jetskiing. I was quite nervous at first but in the end, I loved being out on the water and enjoying myself. It was around 200 AED (£40) for 15 mins, quite pricey but worth it!

Dubai’s nightlife is really lit, the city does not sleep! I mentioned before that I went to Kiza restaurant, but Kiza also turns into a club type of thing, with the DJ playing the latest afrobeats throughout the night. If you’re an afrobeats girl like I am, I would recommend you go! I went to Club White & Club Sensation also.

The last time I visited Dubai, I also did these things:

  1. I went to The Top at the Burj Khalifa- The tallest building in the world, once you get to the top, the view is wonderful! You can see the whole of Dubai.
  2. The Dubai Desert &Safari – this excursion was really fun, from the dune bashing to the belly dancers. It is something you should do at least once
  3. The Atlantis Waterpark – there are two popular water parks in Dubai: Wild Waldi and the Atlantis Waterpark. It’s a fun experience and is worth going to.

Hopefully next time, I get a chance to go to Abu Dhabi to visit the Mosque- as I didn’t get a chance to go this time.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post and see you guys soon.

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