dubai diary – part one
Hey guys, thank you for stopping by! This post is taking forever but I have been so tired these days all I want to do is pizza and couch time 😀 . Today I am sharing a small travel diary from our first days in Dubai.
First of all, It was a super uncomfortable flight to Dubai ( from CPH to Istanbul and then Dubai). It was filled with the kind of children that make you feel child hitting is alright, and actually, should be encouraged. Or maybe parents hitting :X. Like srsly, if you let your child behave like a savage on the plane you should be in jail.
Anywho…. We arrived early in the morning, on quite a chill morning. In general, the weather throughout our whole vacation wasn’t super good, there were even days when it was worse than Denmark 😀 … Like what are the chances. But we also got some pretty good, warm sunny days, even too hot. Of course, I realize that it could have been way worse, so I won’t bitch about the weather.
In general, I am so extremely grateful I was able to experience Dubai and I was privileged enough to go on that trip. It was a great experience, I learned a lot about the culture and just got a better idea of the Emirates :).
First day after we arrived we had a scheduled Guided Tour around Dubai which I am sooo grateful for! My Dubai knowledge before coming consisted mainly of what I saw in the Sex & The City movie :D. Soo pretty much nothing.
We visited their most popular mosque, a super exclusive (read boring 😀 ) shopping centre called Saga where you couldn’t take pictures (what good is that stop, right ) a quick stop to the Jumeira beach and Dubai museum. But the most interesting one to me was the spice and gold market. Oh boy what an experience!
spice & gold market
They are located in the north of Dubai creek and you have to get on a boat to get there, and “boat” is kind of a stretch, it’s more of a raft that is carrying more people than it should 😀 . Great experience, very authentic in my eyes.
In the actual market, you can bargain everywhere, and everyone is trying to sell you something. People on that market are ON all the time! Taking a break and not negotiating a sale is for the weak. It’s pretty crowded and you can find everything from a fake Rolex to clothing made of camel hair.
Shakira! You look like Shakira!
That’s how some sellers try get your attention :D. It’s hilarious, it’s such a good mood, something you must experience in order to understand. The second you turn around you will be surrounded by offers for fake Channel & LV bags. I didn’t buy anything as it was a bit overwhelming for me, but definitely worth visiting.
I almost got a panic attack inside as it’s too tiny hot and there was a HUUGE tourist group. The museum represented life in Dubai before the oil. houses, what they would do for a living etc. It was quite boring for me, but in the same time fascinating that only like 40, 50 years ago the Dubai people used to live a life so simple…
Every single brand you have ever heard of is probably there. This place is, like Trump would say, HUUUGE! I have never been fascinated by a Mall, but I guess that’s because I have never been to The Dubai Mall 😀 .
The actual shopping opportunities aren’t what was most interesting to me but the over-exaggeration in interior design, entertainment etc. There is a waterfall in the mall, a ginormous aquarium where you can swim with what I believe was sharks, ice rink, palm trees and much more human-made wonders.
But my favorite part was the fountain show. It’s the most mesmerizing fountain show I have seen. It plays every 30 mins after 18 accompanied by different songs.
That day we stayed out just walking around until midnight. Dubai by night is gorgeous. It was a perfect day one in Dubai, couldn’t ask for more :).
That was it with my first impressions of Dubai, hope you enjoyed this entry guys! Sharing some more soon :* .