Dubai!

Dubai really is an incredible place, the infrastructure, the hotels, the malls, the heat. If you haven’t been, or are thinking about going, here are a few things to consider.

  1. Like Vegas, Dubai is incredible hot, especially in the summer.
  2. Ramadan
  3. It isn’t that big

First of all, the heat. Dubai is super, super hot and because the primary religion is Islam, you are expected to cover your shoulders and knees at least. When we went, we covered everything, we wore long sleeved shirts and long loose trousers.

Not everyone does this. I believe that when you visit a country, regardless of your religious beliefs, you should respect their religion. I would never want anyone to come to my country and offend me or make minimal effort in understanding and respecting my beliefs so I feel its fair to treat their country as you would yours. Period. So, yes, it was uncomfortable, but I would rather be respectful and besides, you go somewhere to experience culture, so why not dive in an immerse yourself in it?

Second, ramadan. If you are unaware of ramadan, it is a period in which muslim’s do not eat during sunrise and sunset, nothing passes their lips, not even water. Again, you need to take this into consideration, it’s hot and you cant drink or eat anything all day. Don’t get me wrong they’re lenient in hotels and maybe malls if you take a sip every now and again but no restaurants or cafes will be open.

We were lucky with our tour guides because they let us drink in the car but we did not drink on the streets, again, out of respect. So this needs to be taken into consideration if you’re booking your holiday.

I would actually encourage you to go during this period, just because it is incredible watching it happen. We went to a restaurant and they took your orders and as soon as the sound came to signal the end of fasting, there was a sea of food being carried out of the kitchen and people eating. It was amazing to see and it helped you understand the culture more, so why not give it a try. (This was the feast we had after a day of fasting, oh YH).

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Also, it is small, so you can’t stay that long here, not that there isn’t much to do, but it’s best to do it in a couple days and see it all.

The main tourist attractions are the Grand Mall, the Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, the Palm and the Atlantis hotel.

The Grand Mall really is incredible. This hotel has a fountain, an aquarium, an ice rink, to name a few. Oh, also, a bunch of stores and restaurants, because its still a mall! It’s an incredible thing to see and an entire day out, to be honest. I don’t think I need to say anything else about this, because it really sells itself.

The Burj Khalifa is incredible to see, great photo op and has an incredible fountain display, which is a must see! You can also go inside and see the observation deck to get a view of Dubai.

The Burj Al Arab is named the most luxurious hotel in the world, and for good reason. We didn’t go inside, so I won’t talk too much about it but it looks incredible. Even if you don’t feel like staying there, you can always go there for food etc, if you really fancy a sneak peak.

The Atlantis hotel is also a great place to stay. It also has an aquarium in it and anyone that stays in there gets a part of it in their room, you’re free to go in and look at the aquarium and there is also another water park there!

Another tourist attraction that I personally enjoyed, the Playmania Mall. This mall has penguins. Oh yeah, real penguins, and you can ski there. So, if you fancy a winter wonderland within a tropical paradise, give it a look.

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