Here is my trip report for Dubai where I stayed for 3 days between Aug25-28. Here you go!
Day 1(Aug 25) : Landed in Dubai around 7am in the morning, went through immigration quickly (opposite to what I thought, as there were many immigration officers serving), then greeted by an Arabian Adventure assistant who gave us his contact and all necessary information regarding hotel booking and Dubai. Took some snaps at Terminal 3, which is amazing. After a short while we were taken to the hotel. A small trouble occurred when we noticed we didn't collected our baby pushchair from baggage reclaim belt, so immediately after reaching hotel we went back to the airport, and after little wait found it and came back to the hotel. Our hotel was Admiral Plaza Hotel, which was good 3-star hotel.
After resting for couple of hours, went to Dubai Mall. Honestly, it was HUGE, although very beautiful and elegant. The Aquarium was nice, took soo many snaps almost on every floor :) There were guiding assistants almost everywhere in case someone got lost, although there were direction boards almost on every turn which was good. We found the prices of stuff there far higher then what we see in UK, so didn't do much shopping.
At 6.30pm we were booked for Burj Khalifa top, so we rushed to At the Top counter, and after short wait in the queue, we were in the amazing elevator which went to 124th floor very fast. Only thing look weird to me was the elevator size which was small, so people have to queue and wait to go up or come down. Anyway, the Burj Khalifa top view was AMAZING...one can view miles from there. I saw Burj-al-arab, world islands, and fascinating view of Sheikh Zayed Road from there. Shortly the sun set and the lights were on, which multiplied the beautiful view. It was worth going there. Every corner you go will give different view of Dubai and it was soo beautiful. Stayed there for more than hour. Went striaght to Dubai Mall Food Court, had KFC which was good. You really need strong legs to walk in Dubai Mall, one have to walk alot, since its huge :)
After dinner, went out to the see the fountains show which was good. Took many snaps behind Burj Khalifa, Souk-al-bahar, and the Address hotel. The only difficulty standing outside was it was too humid and warm even in the night, which forcefully shortened our stay outdoor. After that took a taxi back to the hotel. I must say, the Taxi rank facility was amazing, and so was Taxis. They were extremely comfortable, air-conditioned, and metered. I really enjoyed taxi rides.
Day-2 (Aug 26): After having nice breakfast in Hotel, went straight to Mall of the Emirates. It was a nice, very beautiful mall, but much smaller as compared to Dubai Mall. The shops were almost same and so the prices. Saw Ski Dubai, didn't fancy going inside, took many snaps. Had Texas Chicken in lunch at the food court (as I like fried chicken very much). From there took a taxi to Palm Jumeirah monorailJumeirah monorail station as I decided to go to Palm Atlantis via monorail. The monorail was good and the views were amazing. The train was almost empty so we sat at the front to get best views.
After getting down at Aquaventure, walked to Palm Atlantis main entrance. The humidity was killing, but somehow get ourselves adjusted with it. Atlantis was good and the beach sunset looked beautiful. From there decided to go to Jumeirah Beach Walk, but unfortunately stuck in traffic on Sheikh Zayed Road, and it took almost an hour to get there. It came to my surprise that there were no lighting on the beach, and the beach was totally dark. I assumed
there will be lights on the beach if someone want a beach walk(as we have in Seaview, Karachi), but there wasnt. The hotels and building were nice though. Went back to hotel from there, and my friend took us for a treat at BBQ tonight buffet in Bur Dubai which was awesome.
Day-3 (Aug 27): Went to my family friends in Karama, and in afternoon went again to Dubai Mall on my wife wish :) Saw the leftover areas like the Waterfall and DubaiIce Rink. Once again had many snaps, and spent couple of hours there. In evening, went to Jumeirah Public beach, and spent sometime in hot water :) From the beach it was a nice view of Burj-al-Arab and Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Went to hotel after that as we were too sweaty, had a bath and changed, went to Deira City Centre with my friend, and after that had a nice dinner in some Pakistani resturant near Dubai Creek (didnt remembered the name). Also stood for a while near Dubai Creek to see NBD building and twin towers. Came back to hotel earlier on cz we need to pack once again for our early morning onward flight to Karachi.
Overall, I found Dubai simply amazing, highly modern, and a must-see place. The roads were huge with people driving at high speed. Loved Sheikh Zayed Road, it was huge and lovely, I cant express in words! Weather was bit of a problem which made staying outside difficult for us, but apart from that we found our first time short stay nice and good. Honestly, Dubai is amazing and can't wait to come back (but in winter.. ha ha)
Also, many many thanks to tripadvisor users for providing tons of useful information which helped alot planning my stay....Thanks guys!
Thanks for reading folks
As I sat in the car waiting impatiently to reach there, I though about my all-time dream coming true, visiting the modern wonder, Dubai.
Since the United Arab Emirates were formed in 1971, Dubai has always been the most resourceful, united and modern of all. It has been very famous for a lot of tourist attractions like Burj Al Arab and Emirates towers.
Additionally, the highest tower in the world, Dubai tower is currently being built and an above-ground metro is being designed for safe, fast transport around the city and its neighbouring Emirates.
As I entered the city, many thoughts about where to go and what to do swarmed past my mind. First, I went to the hotel I am staying in and checked in. Around me was a new world, places to discover, scenery to see and buildings to watch.
The city was completely modern and the skyscrapers gave it an even more modern look. But, according to the previous Sheikh’s point of view it is not buildings which build up a city but instead: knowledge, education and awareness is what matters most.
After I left my room, I headed to Al Mamzar park and beach, these place were so natural and although they were surrounded by traffic and pollution, I could easily notice the smell of nature around me. After that I went to the biggest mall in the middle east, Emirates mall. In this gigantic trading centre, I bought many souvenirs and traditional, hand-made goods. One of the most things I liked about shopping in Dubai is that it is completely tax-free. As for food, Dubai provides foods from over two hundred countries worldwide with professionally made dishes by international trademarks. Anyway, I chose to eat tradional Arabic food which I felt was the best I had tasted since years.
After visiting Aquaparks, skyscrapers, ancient remains, museums and malls, I realised how lucky I was to be in this wonderful place. “The blend of tradition and science.” The only problem I experienced in Dubai is that it’s a little over-crowded. One of the most important thing I noticed about Dubai and not in other countries is Safety. As I wandered along the busy roads, I noticed that a police car flew past me almost every two minutes.
I am really happy to fulfill my dream to visit Dubai and the U.A.E and I personally recommend you to visit this city and experience modern life along with a blend of culture and tradition.