New Dubai

As the metro doesn’t run until 1pm on Fridays, we caught two buses to Umm Suqein Beach, where we swam in the warm waters next to the Burj Al Arab (a famous hotel in Dubai). We then walked down to Madinat Jumeirah, a collection of shops, hotels and restaurants that have been built in the style of traditional buildings, complete with a waterway, boats that you can ride on (we didn’t, as they were the same as the 1 DHR boats except that they cost 70 DHR) and a rather incongruent view of the Burj Al Arab. We had dinner at the Mall of the Emirates, famous for its indoor ski area where you can see people skiing from inside the mall.

Burj Al Arab


Madinat Jumeirah


Reuben at the Dubai Marina

For our final day in Dubai, we had brunch at the Dubai Marina, which is a little like the Auckland viaduct – lots of cafes spread around the marina (the buildings we could see were a lot bigger though). We finished with the highlight of our trip – a desert safari. We drove from Dubai out into the countryside, where we got into four wheel drive vehicles and headed out into the desert to be driven on the sand dunes. This was so much fun – like a roller coaster, but with stunning views across the sand. We were then taken to a “desert camp” (not so sure about how authentic it was) where we rode a camel, got henna painted on us, and watched a dancing  performance while eating a barbeque dinner. This part was pretty touristy, but still fun, and we enjoyed the food and watching the sun set over the desert.

Reuben in the desert



Sunset in the desert


Camel riding in the desert

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Kate says:

    Lol, a warm water beach seems perfect for you 🙂

    The desert trip sounds awesome – glad you had so much fun!


  2. Julie Bunnell says:

    Your desert safari sounds pretty amazing — love that camel!!


  3. Rachael says:

    ok so I totally read “dessert safari” at first… this would also be quite interesting I imagine.


  4. Lynette Olson says:

    Karen and Reubs, Thanks for the updates. Heather and Evan went on a dessert Safari and Heather said “Never again” Glad you enjoyed it.


  5. Heather Vickery says:

    I definitely say “Never again” to the desert safari – but I think if you are young and looking for some excitement then it’s has to be a ‘must do’ for Dubai. Seems like you didn’t get to see the fountains. They are awesome so a definite if yu come back through Dubai.


  6. Karen Olson says:

    Mmmm…dessert safari…that would be awesome! We so loved the safari. Heather, we did get to see the fountains and they were beautiful – it’s on the other Dubai post – thanks for the great recommendation!


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