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Even after spending a week in Dubai, I could not get enough of this place. I landed at Dubai International Airport on Friday afternoon, and temperatures were as high as 42 degrees Celsius. A few minutes of walking through the streets and I drenched in sweat, but there is air conditioning in every building. Plus, the heat wasn’t that bad in the building. There are plenty of hotels here from the cheap budget-friendly rentals to world-class luxury hotels. On my first night, I stayed in Arabian Dreams Deluxe hotel apartment that is just 30 minutes away from the airport. The condo is clean, spacious, and surrounded by restaurants. There are other luxury accommodations such as the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Hyatt, Hilton, Intercontinental, and Sheraton. The Burj Al Arab is an architectural marvel, and if you love Disneyland like me, there is Madinat Jumeirah where I eventually stayed. The self-contained resort has restaurants, villas, Water Park and a shopping center. The resort is exclusively comprehensive, and I have traveled by water taxis while exploring the 2-mile property.
On my first day here, I ate at Qbara.This restaurant has astonishing interior walls and mouth-watering Arabic food. Maya is a great place where Mexican food served, and the Chicken Fajita is to die for. Dubai is a city which sprawls with multi-cultural cuisine. Ravi is a restaurant that has wholly embraced the expat culture. For some exotic Chinese dishes, I visited a Homey restaurant, one of the inconspicuous food joints that draws a lot of crowds thanks to its authentic Chinese menu. Even though this nation uses Islamic laws, it nevertheless showcases the international lifestyle with significant western influence. There is no dress code for visitors although most of the native men I saw dressed in long white robes, i.e., dishdashas. Most of the aboriginal women dressed in Burkas or just robes with veils. Dipping my toe into the culture, I have visited the Heritage village and have learned about the history of pearl diving, food, and the Emirati way of life. One of a unique thing throughout my trip is that I was constantly reminded that this is a Muslim nation by the constant call to prayer from the mosques’ loudspeakers.
Exploring this city was one of my best and memorable experiences in my life. The first place I went to was the mall of Emirates. It’s a big mall that is full of foreigners especially British, Americans, Filipinos, Chinese, Indians, Africans, etc. The Sharjah Aquarium is also a delightful place where I got to see a variety of fish, tortoises and other marine creatures. I spent a day at Fujairah highway speeding in a rented car through the desert’s dunes and rocky hills which loomed on both sides of the highway. I love shopping during travel trips, and there is no other place like China Mall and Dubai Mall. These malls have a wide range of clothing and electronics all at budget-friendly prices. Of course, my visit to Dubai wouldn’t be complete without visiting Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. Standing at 2,716 ft tall, the structure contains residential apartments, a mosque, shopping outlets, elegant corporate suites, Armani Hotel suites, and parking spaces.
Whether you are looking for a vacation, shopping, or an exotic honeymoon destination, Dubai has it all. It’s a beautiful country with renowned tourist attractions and buildings. In just a week, I felt like I had seen and experienced so much. From the human-made islands, the tallest structure in the world, and desert snows to the culture, this was one beautiful trip..
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