It all started when our company announced that Dubai would host our annual company global rally. We purposed that we would make the most of this trip and create life long memories.
So on the 31st of March we flew to Dubai, the excitement was just way out of this world. We rested the Saturday because we were quite exhausted.
We had booked ourselves at an Ibis Hotel in one of the best locations as we were at the centre of everything we needed. It was easy to access malls, transportation and anything else that you can think of.
The service at the hotel and every other place that we went to was just world class, I think that is the standard in Dubai, everything is perfect and the service is awesome.
I think I must have picked up quite a number of kilograms while in Dubai because the food was just way to delicious to resist. Dubai is very expensive though so one cup of coffee would cost you anything from one hundred and twenty something. My love is an ice cream fan and I remember us paying way over R100 for just one scoop of ice cream. We experienced the Indian cuisine at its best and I must say that anything else that we tried was just too delicious for words. A place that takes care in delivering the best croutons in the world deserves an award.
So our adventure and experience started on Sunday. We took the City Sight Seeing Red bus. So we took the 7day tour and our first tour was the historic route, we had a wonderful Sunday going to museums, downtown beulevard, dubai creek, spice souk just to mention a few. What was fascinating about the historic route was using the water taxi rides to cross over from one side of the creek to the other. We also took the dhow midday cruise. I must say it was a refreshing experience just watching the beauty and the magnificent structures of Dubai.
The same day we were headed to the Dubai mall, got to be one of the biggest malls I have ever been to. We were not just there to grab something to eat but were attracted by the Dubai Aquarium and underwater Zoo, did I say this is at Dubai Mall? Yes it is, inside the mall they have a humongous aquarium and underwater zoo. It is the largest suspended aquariums in the world. I had always admired this on the movies and pictures and I now got a chance to experience it first hand and I must say I was blown away; I was like a kid in a candy shop. You walk through a tunnel, provides the most crystal and fantastic view you can ever think of from the surface of the tank. They have boat rides where you can enjoy a unique view of the aquarium; they cater for adrenaline junkies too hey, with a shark dive and cage snorkeling.
By the time we left the mall it was very late we were bushed completely. Their malls close at 12 mid-night and 2am.
On Monday we were headed to Alpha Tours Helipad Atlantis. We flew above Dubai like rock stars in a luxurious helicopter, got to see the iconic Burj Al Arab, this was an awesome experience, you get a bird’s-eye view of the World Islands and the Palm, you see the Dubai’s iconic buildings and magnificent skyline from a unique perspective. We departed from the helipad at Atlantis the Palm and were high up in the sky for 25 minutes. We soar over the beautiful Arabian golf coastline and Jumeirah Beach Hotel. This was an experience of a lifetime.
The same evening we went for an evening dhow cruise dinner. This is an experience of a lifetime hey; you get such a warm welcome that you immediately get ready to have fun. On arrival you are served with dates and some weird tasting coffee and it gets finished in just one sip. You then get sitted and get served with juice or wine. The entertainment on this boat will get you partying the night away. Buffet dinner is then served, world class food, the desert was just my favourite.
On Tuesday we woke up and were on our way to Atlantis AquaVenture waterpark. It is like your bigger version of SunCity’s water rides with the most thrilling rides and adrenaline pumping water slides from the aquaconda ( worlds’s largest waterslide), slitherine ( a waterslide within a waterslide with twists and turns that will make you call your mom to come to your rescue), they have the zoomerango and atlantean flyers just to mention a few. The slitherine will twist and turn you till you end up in the belly of the anaconda. Their lazy ride is nothing close to the word, full of surprise twists and adrenaline pumping turns. Did the leap of faith and you must be prepared to wait as the queue is always long and it’s all worth the wait. We also enjoyed the longest Middle East zipline circuit, we could go as many times as we wanted and were stopped by the wind which started to blow a lil wild. The aquaventure has a man made beach and so when you tired of the water you can go lie in the sun. You even able to book your own private chill area called a Cabana in the waterpark where you can just relax with a whole lot of privacy. Rent one if you can it will definitely be worth every cent you will spend for it. A full day Cabana price is about 800 dirham for a family and this includes a fruit basket and a bottle of water, lockers, tables and loungers.
If you planning to take your phone with please ensure that you buy the water resistant protective phone pouch.
Right next to the AquaVenture is an an Altantis-themed aquarium with underwater halls and tunnels that house marine life, here you get to get a glimpse into an underwater world. This place takes you through a series of mazes and tunnels as you explore the underwater ruins of Atlantis. This aquarium houses aquatic animals like sharks, the highlight being the rare albino alligators. It has that special and unique cinematic quality. So if you plan to go to Dubai, make sure to go to this aquarium’s to have an experience of its “history”.
One evening while walking around the mall we heard beautiful music and saw a crowd gathered in one place beholding the beauty of the Dubai Fountain dancing to a beautiful love song. The beauty of this fountain in the evening leaves me out of words. I do not have words to describe just the feeling it leaves you with. I tell you watching that fountain dance to music can make you fall in love with your partner all over again or will awaken emotions of love you never knew existed. We then kind of made it a ritual to go to the fountain every evening; it was truly love at first sight; so while enjoying our dinner we would be mesmerized by the beauty of this man made creation.
On our fourth day in Dubai we got to get some desert experience. We were picked up by our cab from our hotel together with another family from Europe. You have to ensure that your number 1 and 2 tank is empty as you drive for 2hours without any toilets. Our first stop was a place where all the cabs release some pressure on the tyres so as to prepare the car for the drive on the sand dunes.
The adventure started when we were driving on the sand dunes, those were magical moments I don’t ever want to forget. I take my hat off to the drivers they certainly have advanced driving skills. I loved every moment of this experience.
We then got to the place where they serve the desert dinner under the stars, you get to do camel rides, my wife got her hands painted and some people got to experience the “hook-a-pipe” which is called the “Shisaha” in Dubai.
A buffet dinner was served while we were being entertained by belly dancers.
My highlight of the evening has to be the few moments before you leave almost at midnight, they switched the lights off and it was completely dark and we sat and watched the stars, that was just magical for me and my wife loved it to bits.
We were then transported back to the hotel. I was moved by the kindness from the drivers of those cabs, you would swear that they get paid for taking the most beautiful pictures too. They just offer to do this and will direct you so as to capture the best moments of your experience.
We headed to Ski Dubai; this is the largest indoor snow park or resort with 22500 square meters of indoor ski area. This wonder is located in one of the largest shopping malls in the world called the Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This is a place where one can enjoy real snow in Dubai all year round. This is the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East, an amazing mountain-themed wintery setting where you can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, this is a place where you can take part in many snow events and meet and play with the Penguins. We enjoyed rolling down the Giant Ball run, jumping a 10ft ramp spiralling down the tube slides, sightseeing on the chairlift. You definitely need hot chocolate after every activity because the place is minus 4 degrees and is freezing literally. What is kind of amazing about this place is that you walk in dressed in summer clothes because Dubai is extremely hot and within a couple of minutes you are dressed up in warm suites to get ready to walk into the snow park. Within no time you forget that it is scorching hot outside.
We went for some serious coffee after this experience, we were back on our normal clothes searching for a coffee shop so we could get back to our normal selves before heading back to the hotel. We played like kids and lost ourselves in adventure and fun and as much as it was freezing cold it was an unforgettable experience.
Well we were in Dubai for fun and business so Day 6 and 7 were fully packed as we had to attend our company’s global rally at one of the world’s largest trade centres called the Dubai World Trade Centre. This is one eye-opening event and there is nothing as refreshing like being in a room full of network marketers from all around the world, people who have changed their lives through this profession. We truly got challenged and we want to collect our own big cheque in the year to come.
On the last day of the event we went to meet up with my wife’s ex colleague who now is a permanent resident of the UAE. We met at Texas Roadhouse at the Dubai Mall Burj Khalifa. The food in this restaurant was out of this place and I have never seen the size of the glass in which we were served our martini’s. Everything was just of high quality. We also got to meet and greet with our industry idols, took some pictures with them and that was a fulfilling moment too.
We went up the Burj Khalifa, Early that morning we got ready to go see Dubai from one of the tallest buildings in Dubai. This is one experience where you literally get to see the world from the top. This building is 828 meters in length and has 164 floors. This was the tallest building in the world as of January 2010. It is indeed a megatall skyscraper in Dubai. You get the best Dubai view and photo spots that would imprison any photographer for life in that building.
50 years of bond style exhibition at burj khalifa
Same day we took the red bus tour and did the pink route, the main highlight of this tour is the palm Island. The same day we did the dhow cruise but this one was on the palm island.
We visited the Souk Madinat, enjoyed shopping for some sovounaires there, quite a very nice and relaxed place. This was like our second last day so we made the most of it and did quite a lot in one day. We visited the Dubai Wild Wadi; this is another waterpark in Dubai, this park is a bit similar to the AquaVenture. We could not explore it to the fullest as we were also rushing to my wife’s favourite spot, the Dubai Miracle Garden. They don’t call it the Miracle Garden for nothing; this is one place that lacks nothing close to a wonder. The Dubai Miracle Garden is a flower garden located in the district of Dubailand, this garden is home to more than 45 million blooming flowers, all showcased in a variety of immense sculptures and designs. The plenty of hearts and the love train that you will find in this garden truly explains why this garden was launched on Valentines day of 2013.
This sums up our Dubai trip in a nutshell, tried to keep it short but there is just so much to say about Dubai.