After being quite busy with work and having a lot going on in my personal life, I decided I needed to treat myself. So me and one of my girlfriends decided to treat ourselves and booked a very last minute trip to Dubai. We booked the trip for 5 nights which was perfect as it was not too short to allow us to fit in as much possible and wasn’t too long that you couldn’t bear being in the heat, as we were going in the peak of summer with the temperatures reaching 40 degrees plus (lucky I packed factor 50 sun cream, if you’re wondering which one I took along with me – check out my previous blog post “Beach beauty favs”).
The flight out to Dubai was absolutely terrible with delays on the way out there due to the typical English weather, which ended up with us staying a night in Istanbul, Turkey. I have to say that I was warned how bad Turkish Airlines reputation was, but I never assumed that it would be this bad. Will I be flying with them again, not anytime soon. We landed in the early morning and went straight to sleep, to wake up in the morning feel refreshed.
We were staying at the Wyndham Dubai Marina Hotel, which was stunning. The room was contemporary with chic décor. The service was great and the views from the room were absolutely stunning, we were on the 26th floor. The package we booked was for bed and breakfast, I would highly recommend that you go for this option, as the breakfast was delicious with a great selection to suit everyone’s taste.
With this being my second time in Dubai, the majority of the sites I had visited on my first trip. But for my girl this was her first time so it was essential that we visited these. On the first day we ventured to the Old town of Dubai to visit the Gold Souk. If you’re looking for jewellery and gold pieces of incredible quality and prices that will absolutely blow your mind of how affordable they are, this is the place to go. I would recommend visiting the Dubai tourist attractions including The Burj Khalifa, The Dubai mall, Burj Al Arab Jumeriah.
Dubai has a range of excursions to offer, the Dubai desert safari is great and this was my second time. It is such a great price for what is included and it is a hell of a lot of fun! A 4×4 Jeep picks you up from your hotel and drives you around the desert why you fly over sand dunes, the whole experience is a complete adrenalin rush. The trip also includes a complementary camel ride and a delicious Dubai feast with traditional entertainment.
Our hotel was situated on the Dubai Marina which is close to Jumeriah beach; the marina had a great range of restaurants from Lebanese, seafood and burgers. Ting Irie is the first Jamaican restaurant in Dubai so this is one of the places I had on my list to try (not saying I’m a Caribbean food connoisseur but I know Caribbean food). The restaurant had an amazing vibe, and don’t get me started on the music selection so good to hear them playing some proper music. The menu was great and it would have been amazing to try everything on it, I went for the oxtail which came with rice and peas and coleslaw. The food tasted good and was 100% authentic being cooked by a Jamaican chef.
On our last night we decided to try Pier 7, which is along the marina and is connected the Dubai marina mall. Pier 7 has a restaurant on each floor, each with a different cuisine, and has a great rooftop bar at the top. We went to Atelier, an Italian restaurant on the top floor, where we enjoyed a three course set menu and sat outside to take in the stunning views.
As this is my second time visiting Dubai I also plan on doing a Dubai guide (my version!) as I think this may be quite handy, so watch out for this as this will be up soon.