Destination Guide: Dubai

Hello and good morning! Some may remember promises made here and there of recommendations of things to see and do when in Dubai, so today at long very last, the first of my many destination guides.

Day 1: On the first day of your travel itinerary, set the scene for the days to follow by heading to the Burj Khalifa , currently the tallest building in the world.  Take the elevators to the landing deck and enjoy miles and miles of view of the Dubai skyline from above. Window shop at The Dubai Mall at the base of towers, watch the fun fountain show set to music or treat yourself to dinner at the Armani Ristorante within the Burj. 

Day 2: Take a city tour of Old Dubai, starting at the Dubai Museum where you get a brief idea about the history of Dubai, walk through the Spice Souk, the Gold Souk, the Jumeirah Mosque to get a taste of how the city used to be. Head over to the Lime Tree Cafe for a late afternoon lunch, and from here you can stroll down the Jumeirah road, admiring the elite low rise white villas and verdant gardens of the rich and famous, proceed to the "Russian Beach". Here you can dip your toes in the Arabian Sea or just  people watch . As the sun begins to set, head over to  the Bahri Bar's verendah for sundowners overlooking the Burj Al Arab.

Day 3: Get out of Dubai and go on a day trip to Abu Dhabi heading straight to the Ferrari World. From Formula One Simulators to one of the world's fastest roller coasters, there is plenty to drive and ride upon at this futuristic amusement park. When adrenaline gives way to hunger, enjoy a hearty five course Italian meal at Ristorante Cavallino. If you enjoy your meal (which undoubtedly you shall), don't forget to compliment the chef.. just say Molto Buono ! Before you leave the amusement park, make sure you have watched RED, a most unique and unforgettable theatrical performance that really, really shouldn't be missed! Visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in the evening and marvel at its beautiful architecture. With 82 domes and over 1000 columns, this mosque has a mix of Moorish, Ottoman and Mughal styles and is a dream to wander through. Later you can stop at Cafe Arabia for an early dinner before heading back to Dubai.  Seeing that you have had a busy day you can unwind by enjoying a spa at your hotel before calling it an early night.

Day 4: Indulge in some retail therapy at one of the many malls of the city. I would recommend The Dubai Mall or  Mall Of The Emirates. Here you can tackle the indoor ski slopes, grab a bite at The Cheese Factory or indulge in some retail therapy at the far too many to be able to pick from designer shops and boutiques. In the evening go to the uber stylish Cavalli Club for dinner and cocktails. Be sure to make prior reservations and wear your best!

Day 5: Time for some more luxury at the Atlantis Resort at the Palm Jumeirah Island. Here you can enjoy a luxurious spa or take the kids to the Aquaventure waterpark. You can hit the malls later in the evening or enjoy a sunset brunch with some sparkling wine at the Pure Sky Lounge on the 35th floor of Hilton Jumeirah in JBR. If you are feeling bold and are in the mood to experiment, order the smokey back cocktail, an extremely potent mix of whiskey, vodka, kahlua, cointreau with lots of fire n smoke. 

Day 6: Assuming you aren't afraid of bumps book a desert safari for one of the wildest desert experiences and sunset pics which you will love for life. For the adrenaline junkies there is dune bashing, quad biking and sand surfing to try. Later you are taken to a desert camp where you can tick off those kitschy Arabian experiences like henna tattoos, belly dancing, puffing on a sheesha and tasting some local food. All this with a chance to see the stars on a clear desert night.

Day 7: Seeing that you have been so busy the past few day, you can spend your last day in Dubai relaxing at your hotel swimming pool, walking in a park, eating at one of the many fine dining restaurants orrr (if you're like me) finishing some last minute shopping!

If you have more time to spare you can also turn this itinerary into a multi country trip by combining a 3-4 day escapade to Jordan like I did.. But more on that some other time, in another city guide with sites to see, and many lovely things to do in Jordan.