If you've been reading my Orlando, Florida Travel Tips posts then you might have noticed just how much I know about that relatively tiny part of the world but recently I've felt an urge to visit so many more incredible places, ones that I've always wanted to see. I have a feeling that it might have something to do with the fact that I have just binge watched four seasons of The Amazing Race in the past week or so, where the contestants have the opportunity to travel all over the globe. If you happen to have Sky box sets and a bit of free time on your hands then I honestly can't recommend The Amazing Race highly enough. I have a feeling that I might need to pester Sky to see when they will be adding more of the seasons for me to watch though. Hehe. But back to the travel destination in question; Dubai.
Dubai is somewhere that has always caught my eye so when Travelbag asked me how I would spend a day in Dubai I didn't have to think too hard about how my 'Day In Dubai' would look.
My day would definitely have to start with a morning desert safari through the beautiful sands of the desert. There are various modes of transport that you can take to traverse the sand dunes such as 4x4's and quad bikes but there is something that looks so magical about riding across the sand on camels for me. I've never done anything like that before in my life so it would certainly be something to experience even if just once.
Wild Wadi Water Park
After a trek across the desert I think that I would seriously need to cool off and where better than somewhere with plenty of water; Widi Wadi Water Park. With a plethora of slides, thrill rides, a wave pool, a lazy river, two, yes two, of those wave simulators (as pictured) and a waterfall that goes off every ten minutes, this sounds like the place to be on a hot and humid day in Dubai. You'll also be able to check seeing the Burj Al Arab off your list of things to do and see whilst there as it is visible (see it there in the background?) from the park.
And what's a trip abroad without a spot of shopping? I love a good mall. I even wrote a whole post on my favourite malls in the Orlando area as part of my Orlando, Florida Travel Tips series and Dubai Mall looks like a mall on a whole different level to any that I've ever seen or visited before. I mean, who's ever known of a mall or shopping centre to have an aquarium, an ice rink and a record breaking observatory all under one roof? Oh and on on top of that they even have a Souk right in the centre of the mall if you're looking for more of an authentic Middle-Eastern shopping experience. There are literally thousands of shops and 160 (yes 160!) food outlets. I can't even get my mind around how incredible that food court must be. And after shopping until practically dropping and gorging on so much food (I can just imagine it), you're one elevator ride, albeit one of the world's fastest elevator rides, to the next attraction on my list.
The Observatory at Burj Khalifa
The Burj Khalifa (aka. the tallest building in the world!) has an observatory which offers views of Dubai like no other and as you'll be taking a trip up to the 124th floor, I have a feeling that it might not be for those of us who don't like your feet being too far off the ground though. Not only is it the tallest building in the world but consequently The Observatory has the title of the world's highest observation deck. There's also an electronic telescope which allows you to view the surrounding landscape in real-time as well as what the view would be like in other weather conditions and at different times of day. How cool does that sound? And you'll even be able to see the next attraction on my list from The Observatory.
And what better way to end a day in Dubai than by taking in a show and a spectacular one at that. One of the things that's always drawn me to visiting Las Vegas, especially as I'm not the biggest gambler, are the beautiful fountain displays at the Bellagio. Well the Dubai Fountains look bigger, louder and even more spectacular than those of the bright lights of Vegas. Located right at the base of the Burj Khalifa, as I briefly mentioned above, and Dubai Mall, the show takes place every 30 minutes. And best of all; it's completely free. I'd definitely want to get a seat at one of the restaurants nearby whose terraces look onto the fountains.
So there's what my dream 'Day In Dubai' would look like. What places would you visit and what would your dream 'Day In Dubai' look like? Is there anywhere you've wanted to visit for years but have pretty elaborate plans for what you would do if you were to visit?