The Dubai Diaries – Travel Guide.

Hey guys! So I decided to show you a few places of where I visited, where I stayed and the lovely places I ate.

How I got there:I flew with Emirates Airlines. The flight lasted around eight hours and even though we were delayed there was so many new movies and Tv shows that the flight went pretty fast. Plus we had free wifi so I could check my Facebook between movies.

We flew economy but luckily we got upgraded to the exit  row seats, so we had a ton of extra foot room. On the way back we had normal seats and they were spacious enough too.

The air hostesses were lovely and really helpful!

Where I stayed: The Hilton The Walk Jumeriah Beach

My bedroom :

FOOD

 Instead of naming a long list of restaurants I’ll name my favourite place for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Breakfast: Le Pain Quotiden

We went here on the second day for our trip. The cafe is based in an area called ‘the walk’. This was a short walk from my hotel and I’m really glad we found this place. My dad and sister are big coffee fans, unlike me who is obsessed with her tea, they loved the cappuccino and lattes made.

All of the food is organic and usually organic food is expensive. However, it’s really reasonably priced and yummy! I’d recommend the scramble egg 🙂


Lunch –  The Counter

We stopped by here for a late lunch around day 4 of the trip. To be honest, I was really craving some sweet potato fries (it’s hard to go a week without them).  My sister, Aoife, is a huge fan of The Counter in Dublin and as soon as she told me about those sweeeet potatoes I was sold. In my state of hunger I forgot to take a picture of my food, BUT, Aoife remembered to take a quick pic before she dug in. 
Aoife’s recommendation, 1/3 pound chicken with cheddar
and onion! Nom 🙂

I really like this place it has the cafe vibe and since it was a late lunch we could sit outside and take in everything around us.

My recommendation, well if you haven’t guessed by now, sweet potato fries and a cheese burger with a lovely milkshake to wash it all down.

Dinner- Leöpold’s of London

I picked this restaurant for dinner. The restaurant is beside the beach and you have the option of sitting outside or upstairs on the balcony. The view from the balcony is gorgeous especially around sunset. I ordered a barbecue chicken pizza and instead of  choosing a dessert I opted (the tea addict I am) for English Breakfast Tea. What I learned was that Dubai do tea very differently from Ireland.

I was presented with a tray with a timer, a candle  which was placed underneath the tea pot. You set the timer and wait until the tea leaves mix with the hot water. The tea was lovely a lot stronger than my normal Lyon’s or Barry’s but I love a strong cup of tea. So, if you’re ever looking for a cup of tea you should definitely stop by here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Things to do!

 

1. Safari Dessert

 

This experience was by far my favourite. I had never been to terrain like this before and anything you see on television even this picture does not do it justice.  We went with a group called Alpha tours. A driver then picked us up at our hotel. The desert is around an hour outside of Dubai. There is only one stop before entering the desert,which is a small shop but really the driver just wants to let air out of the tyre.
You then get to drive around the sand dunes and desert. We stopped twice to take pictures and it really is breath taking. After the drive, we were dropped off to a small area.  Dotted around the area was small stands where people were selling handmade crafts, people were invited to try on the hijab and local dress. The lady doing henna was selling homemade ink and she told us her story.
A barbecue and drinks were included in the ticket. There was shish kebabs with chicken and beef. Also local delicacies were offered and it was great to try some of the local cuisine instead of the normal food chains or european foods.

 

 

 

After the food was served there was two performances a local dancer and a belly dancer. They really interacted with the crowd and many people were taught how to belly dance (I avoided eye contact here haha) .
The  arabian music and the atmosphere made the night lively. It was probably one of the best nights in Dubai and I would recommend anyone who hasn’t seen the desert before to go.
 
 
 
 
 
 

2.  Dubai Mall

After watching vlogs on youtube, I knew one of the stops I wanted to make was the Dubai Mall. Oh Boy, this place is I.N.C.R.E.D.I.B.L.E
Not only is it the biggest mall in the world but it holds an Aquarium and the entrance to the Burj Khalifa. I was looking for a dress for a special occasion so I popped into coast and BAM found the perfect dress! If I was going to get a dress anywhere it was going to be in the Dubai Mall!
A must for the shopaholic! 🙂
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Burj Khalifa

 
 

 

The tallest building in the world is Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. I visited this place and the views are breath taking. You can see every inch of Dubai. If you’ve ever been to the empire state building in New York it’s along the same lines. Definitely worth a visit.

 

4. Burj Al Arab

 

The second last day we decided to visit the one and only Burj Al Arab. My dad surprised me with tickets to High Tea and it was incredible.

I had never been to high tea before so to say I was excited was a little bit of an understatement . Putting my fanciest dress on, hopped into a taxi and headed towards the Burj Al Arab.


When we arrived we were greeted by door men who directed us into the hotel. Before I walked in I snapped a few selfies (as you do) and took a moment to take everything in.





Gold Lift.
The first thing I noticed was everything, and I mean everything was made out of gold. Even the wet floor sign was made out of gold. The lobby had a huge fountain leading up to the first floor, where we were directed.
Plate Setting



We were then seated at a table and out waiter named, Murin, explained that there would be three courses. The first course was small sandwich’s and sparkling wine/ date juice for under 21’s, like myself .

The second course was scones and a Mocktail/ Cocktail. I opted for a lovely strawberry mocktail! The scones came with various jams and toppings. I wouldn’t recommend eating anything before high tea because I was  getting pretty full!


 

The third course consisted of your choice of hot beverage and mini cakes and deserts. I got a teapot full of hot chocolate. Some of the desserts were carrot cake, cheese cake ( my favourite). 

Mini cakes.



High Tea is a once in a life time experience. For myself personally it’s not something I go to every week. So I really enjoyed the experience with my family and hey, you’ll get to say you visited the only seven star hotel in the world 🙂

5. Beach

Most hotels based beside the beach have a residential access. My hotel was beside Jumeriah beach and we could walk directly from the hotel onto the hot sand.  I love the beach and the water so I couldn’t wait to spend a day in the sun, sea and sand.

There was water sports stands, camels going up and down the beach and of course the sea was amazing to cool down.
Remember, suncream is your friend.





 

I hope you enjoyed reading about my Dubai experience. If you want to read more about my travels let me know in the comments below!
Until next time,
Caitríona xo