BEST OF THE REST: ABU DHABI and DUBAI

Our first stop was the surprisingly affordable (affordable for the region and for what you get) Hyatt Capital Gate  hotel.  It’s the world’s leaningest manmade structure, you of course don’t feel that on the inside. Just really comfortable and made for a great stay. I loved the views and the piped design in the interior. I kept thinking, they would never do that in NYC, that would be such a waste of space when they could just add more rooms. One thing the UAE isn’t lacking, is space, that’s for sure.

In Dubai we jumped on a yellowboat tour to see Atlantis, the Dubai skyline and of course the famous Burj Al Arab. Our tour guide was so funny and we could have just hung out with him all day.
The Souk Madinat Jumeirah came highly recommended, it was nice for walking around, window shopping. There were alot of tourists in the area due to the hotels, resorts and beaches.
Another stop was the Dubai mall, I think we got ridiculously lost and confused there for a second. I don’t think I can process a mall that big, its basically the biggest American mall you can think of on Steroids with a side of a massive aquarium. However, once you step out of the mall, you look up and there’s the Burj Khalifa. It’s definitely a really tall building, we took about 500 pictures just trying to get the entire sucker in the frame. With loads of people around, there’s more shopping at the Souk al Bahar (more of a tourist type souk than an authentic one IMHO, but still worth stopping by). We also got to check out the next generation Year 2020 police cars. I think if they did that in new York, the number of applicants for the gig might just triple.

On the second to the last day there, the hubby said this was turning out to be one of his fave trips we’ve taken and I have to agree. We took over 1,000 pictures and I kind of gave up going through them anytime soon and just had to share this quick batch with you guys.

Some people think Dubai and think it’s all about glam and spending ridiculous amounts of money and all that.  I can assure you, we didn’t do that. We’re such budget conscious people that with proper planning and budgeting we got the max for a little. We didn’t do expensive restaurants or much shopping for that matter besides souvenirs for family. We love walking, seeing, eating where the locals eat, smelling (and there was a lot of that, I think the perfume industry is really a serious thing in the UAE) and talking to people- that’s the best satisfaction we get on trips.
As a New Yorker, I was shocked by just how cheap, ridiculously cheap it was to get around. Trains and cabs were uber affordable. But be warned, always ask for local water (thanks Kera for the tip) or go to Zoom (its’ like a 7-Eleven) and get your own water. You wouldn’t want to be bamboozled into paying $7 for water like we were on Day 1. SMDH.


 And with that, I’m planning my next trip in my head.
Who’s coming?

 

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  1. richyevents

    January 26, 2020 at 2:29 am Reply

    dubai looks lovely…. hopefully ill be going there in March.

  2. Claudia Chitas Neto

    August 20, 2014 at 11:29 pm Reply

    PLEASE take me IN on your next Trip!
    Your pictures definetly make the place a LOT more interesting! What camera are u using if you don't mind telling me?!
    OMG I Love it…can't stop coming here! Love your Blog,
    Sincerely,
    Claudia ClaKi

    http://www.claudiaclaki.blogspot.com

  3. missfonsiey

    June 7, 2014 at 8:29 pm Reply

    dubai looks lovely…. hopefully ill be going there in August.
    Have a look at my blog
    http://mywanderingfonsiey.wordpress.com

  4. Ijaz Hussain

    May 23, 2014 at 1:37 pm Reply

    Thanks for sharing Dubai travel trip pictures, i love to travel dubai
    Nice Sharing
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  5. Nadine Tonguem

    February 1, 2014 at 11:42 am Reply

    Hey Cyn, I will love to for the next trip to UAE…just shout when, here is my blog http://empowersuccessinafrica.blogspot.com

  6. Maureen N

    January 30, 2014 at 1:53 pm Reply

    Thanks for this review, I am going to Dubai in April and the tip for the water will come in very handy. Your pictures are beautiful, I imagined Dubai to have this awful smog but the sky looks very clear.

    http://www.myeverydaytreats.co.uk

  7. simplychic

    January 25, 2014 at 2:24 am Reply

    great recap!!! your photos really be the trip to life for us readers 🙂

  8. The Blossom Muse

    January 24, 2014 at 4:13 am Reply

    Oh my God, Cynthia the pictures are amazing. You definitely had a great there. I would love to visit too.
    Planning your next trip?? I want to join 🙂

    http://theblossommuse.blogspot.ca

  9. Natasha Bernard

    January 23, 2014 at 2:18 pm Reply

    Wow….amazing pics Syn. Glad you head a fabulous time.

  10. mycopenhagenn

    January 23, 2014 at 1:05 pm Reply

    Lovely pictures.I know where you should go for your next trip: Denmark. You will get free sight-seeing guides and maybe a dinner for an evening. Good offer right?

  11. Miss Sole

    January 23, 2014 at 12:09 am Reply

    Love it! Great capture of Burj Khalifa couldn't capture it when I was out there! I made a rap song about burj Khalifa will sing it to you someday lol

    http://www.lovelifepearls.com

  12. Elle @ (Eat.Style.Play)

    January 22, 2014 at 7:38 pm Reply

    Wow, thanks for sharing! I know a blogger in Dubai. I want to bother her to host me so I can see all of the fun stuff there!

  13. Natasha Solae

    January 22, 2014 at 6:31 pm Reply

    Wow Dubai looks amazing! I definitely envy you! I can't wait to go there.

    Thanks for sharing!

    xo, N
    http://www.natashasolae.com

  14. Vivi N.

    January 22, 2014 at 10:57 am Reply

    My friends went to Dubai last month and pretty much had the same experiences as you and your husband. These photos are beautiful and I can't wait to take my ass there, too.

  15. Esther Ivy

    January 22, 2014 at 10:53 am Reply

    WOW I'm so jealous right now, thinking of saving up and inviting my mum on a girls trip to Dubai, it's gorgeous.x

  16. boom.

    January 22, 2014 at 7:56 am Reply

    Love! Can't wait to go.

  17. Valla

    January 22, 2014 at 7:27 am Reply

    these pictures are simply amazing and I can't to go myself in the future.

  18. Confessions Of A City Girl

    January 22, 2014 at 4:40 am Reply

    Oh wow, what a beautiful trip! I'm glad to hear that you're from NY and it was not expensive. That gives me hope!!

    ~Sherine
    Confessions Of A City Girl

  19. melissa ward

    January 22, 2014 at 3:16 am Reply

    Gorge shots……..

  20. Sasha

    January 22, 2014 at 2:40 am Reply

    These photos are so beautiful. The colors are so vibrant. It looks like a lovely place!

  21. Destiny

    January 22, 2014 at 2:39 am Reply

    Dubai and Abu Dhabi is one of my dream places to visit…lovely pictures

  22. Anonymous

    January 22, 2014 at 1:41 am Reply

    Thank you for sharing, how i long to travel. It looks like it was an awesome trip! In my wish list, Dubai & Abu Dhabi added 🙂

  23. Diane A

    January 22, 2014 at 1:33 am Reply

    This is so beautiful! Definitely places I need to visit!!

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