5 Days in Dubai
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How we spent 5 Days in Dubai
Like me, most people think of Dubai as a stopover on the way to Europe, so imagine my surprise when Alan said he wanted to spend 5 Days in Dubai. To me Petra in Jordan would have been interesting but I got my dream when we visited Machu Picchu, so now it was Alan’s turn.
We arrived in Dubai in May, one of the hottest months in the United Arab Emirates. Not knowing what to expect, after 5 days in Dubai we came away with a sense of wonder and respect for this enchanting city.
Landing in Dubai
After landing in Dubai we walked out of the airport terminal and it was HOT, Real Hot!
We were whisked away to our hotel for the next 5 days the Auris Plaza Hotel Al Barsha. The Auris Plaza Hotel Al Barsha is an elegant Hotel, with large well-appointed rooms and friendly helpful staff and is short walk to the Mall of the Emirates. The Mall of the Emirates houses some of the best shopping in Dubai and has transport links via the Metro and is a Hop On Hop Off bus pickup point.
Advantages…Close to Mall of the Emirates for shopping and dining options, metro station and Dubai Hop On Hop Off pickup point, free Wifi.
Be Aware…Auris Plaza Hotel Al Barsha does not serve alcohol.
Comfort level…Excellent, very clean large rooms, beautiful decor, courteous Staff.
Transportation during 5 Days in Dubai
With temperatures in the mid to late 40’s (Celsius), even the short walk to the Mall of the Emirates felt like you were crossing the Sahara. We quickly learnt that at this time of year, Dubai wasn’t a city for walking, (in fact we soon discovered that even the cities bus stops were air conditioned).
So with this in mind, we found two options that suited our transport needs during our stay.
The Dubai Metro system which was very convenient for us as they had a station attached to the Mall of the Emirates. From the Mall of the Emirates Metro station, we were able to reach other areas of Dubai quickly and easily. The Dubai Metro system is clean and easy to access.
The Dubai Hop On Hop Off Bus was also convenient for us as it left from the ground floor, of the Mall of the Emirates. Tickets can be purchased online or as you get on board, from multiple locations along the bus route. Learn about Dubai’s transformation from the small trading town to the magnificent city you see today.
The Hop On Hop Off Buses give great insight into the wonders of Dubai and when used in conjunction with the Dubai Metro system you will find it’s a great way to get around.
Shopping during 5 Days in Dubai
You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to shopping in Dubai. Dubai has many shopping Malls and Souks, but for 5 days in Dubai I would recommend starting with these;
Mall of the Emirates
When you visit Dubai the last thing you would expect to see are snow and ski slopes in the middle of the desert, but at Ski Dubai that’s exactly what you get. Located at the Mall of the Emirates, not only do you get the chance to ski, you can also meet some friendly penguins. Watch this mix of Gentoo and King Penguins play in the snow as you learn about their unique habitat.
The Mall of the Emirates has something to please everyone, with a wide range of designer and specialty shops, restaurants, cinemas and the massive Carrefour Hypermarket that sells not only delicacies from all over the World, but clothing, furniture, rugs and carpets and it’s a great place to pick up those last minute souvenirs.
Hotels around the Mall of Emirates
Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates boasts Aspen Ski Chalet rooms that overlook the powdery slopes of Ski Dubai.
Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates Hotel is directly connected to this impressive Mall.
The Dubai Mall
Try not to get lost in this seemingly endless Mall. The Dubai Mall is accessible by Metro, via the Burj Khalifa Metro Station (a 10 minute walk in air conditioned comfort) and Hop On Hop Off bus.
Housing the following attractions, the Dubai Mall one of the top destinations in Dubai;
Burj Khalifa is currently the tallest building in the World. Get a 360 degree view of Dubai from At the Top, Burj Khalifa, this observatory is on level 124 of this breathtaking building.
Dubai Fountain, this spectacular fountain has a synchronised music, light and water show that draws crowds from all over the World, best seen at night, make sure you get there early to get the best view.
Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo. I can’t begin to tell you how impressed I was with this Aquarium. The immense outer Aquarium wall gives everyone visiting the Dubai Mall a chance to enjoy this attraction. Don’t just admire the outer wall, pay the entry fee and go inside, we stayed for hours and found it one of the highlights of Dubai.
Dubai Ice Rink is just another one of those things that you wouldn’t expect in the desert and a lot of fun.
The Dubai Mall with its Souk, shops, cinemas and restaurants is a place where you could spend days and still not see all the shops and attractions, if you like shopping give yourself plenty of time to explore this remarkable complex.
Hotels around the Dubai Mall
The Address, Dubai Mall Hotel is a glamorous, contemporary Hotel that overlooks the Burj Khalifa and attached to the Dubai Mall.
The Palace Downtown Dubai Hotel, a luxurious Middle Eastern styled Hotel that overlooks the Dubai fountain and is within 5 minutes walking distance to the Dubai Mall
Souks of Dubai.
The Old Souk is on the Banks of Dubai Creek and can be reached by Metro via the Al Ghubaiba Metro Station 2 or the Hop On Hop Off bus. This Souk sells a colourful range of clothing, textiles, decorative plates, shoes and homewares.
Dubai’s Gold Souk and the Spice Souk are World famous. Situated across Dubai Creek in Deira, they can be reached by Metro via the Al Ras Metro Station or the Hop On Hop Off bus.
The Souks are within walking distance of each other. Be astounded by the craftsmanship of the gold pieces on display and enjoy the colour and smells of the Spice Souk.
Souk Madinat is part of the prestigious Madinat Jumeirah Resort. The Souk Madinat is a re-creation of a traditional Middle Eastern bazaar. Middle Eastern clothing, traditional crafts, aromatic oils and art are some of the treasures on show as you explore Souk Madinat in air conditioned comfort. Dine in one of the many waterfront cafes, restaurants and bars, some with views of the Burj Al Arab.
Souk Madinat can be reached by Hop On Hop Off bus.
Things to do during 5 Days in Dubai.
Afternoon Tea at the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. (One of the Dubai must dos)
Burj Al Arab Jumeirah is easily recognised by its sail like silhouette and has a reputation for the luxury. One of the highlights of any visit to Dubai is having Skytea at the SkyviewBar. Located on the top floor of the Burj Al Arab, enjoy a selection of tea, coffee, sandwiches, cakes and pastries while being captivated by views overlooking Dubai. The dress code is smart casual and make sure you book ahead.
If the Skyview Bar is fully booked, high tea is also served in the very dramatic Sahn Eddar, the Burj Al Arabs atrium. The Ultimate Afternoon tea includes a glass of Champagne and seven courses. Again the dress code is smart casual and book ahead.
The Burj Al Arab can be reached by Hop On Hop Off bus.
Dubai things to do. Visit the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah Hotel.
Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, with its collection of world class restaurants, exquisite menus, suite only accommodation and stunning views, has been repeatedly been voted the World’s most luxurious Hotel.
Marine and Water Park
The Marine and Water Park is located at the top of Dubai’s Palm, impressive man made islands that fan out into the shape of a palm tree, all made from reclaimed land. This massive water park is in the grounds of the Atlantis, The Palm Hotel Dubai. The home to 65,000 marine animals, the Marine and Water Park is divided into four different experiences;
Dolphin Bay, where you can have the experience of a lifetime as you meet, hug, swim or scuba dive with dolphins.
Sea Lion Point, learn more about Sea Lions and other marine mammals as you get up close and personal with these fascinating creatures.
Lost Chambers Aquarium, where you can learn more about marine animals by taking the Behind the Scenes Tour. The Aquarium also conducts PADI Open Water Diver Courses for those who would like to obtain their Scuba Diving Certification and there are a range of Aquarium Scuba Dives to choose from.
Aquaventure Waterpark is the place to get wet and wild, this is such a fun park to go to, with massive waterslides and shutes that leave you breathless and wanting more.
The Marine and Water Park can be reached by Hop On Hop Off bus.
Atlantis, The Palm Hotel Dubai is a luxurious Hotel that features underwater suites as one of its room options.
Out of Town during 5 Days in Dubai
The Desert Safari tour will stay with us as one of our treasured memories of Dubai. We were picked up in the afternoon and taken out into the desert.
Once there our heads were wrapped in traditional Emirati headscarves, mine was black and Alan’s was red and white, which I thought was “So Touristy” (I later changed my mind). We could either choose to go desert bashing in jeeps or go for a camel ride I wanted to see what it was like to ride a camel so we went camel riding.
We had so much fun riding these camels and I began to realise that the headscarves that I thought were “So Touristy” stopped me from getting an eye and mouth full of sand. Rocking back and forth from such a lofty height on the camels back, we held on tight as we made our way up and down the sand dunes.
At one point our cheeky camel driver gave me the reigns and told me to drive the camel down a dune as deep as the Grand Canyon, as you can imagine that didn’t happen, but he got quite lot of enjoyment out of my reaction. The desert was silent, peaceful and so beautiful as we rode on while the sun set.
We watched a falconry display before being taken to camp for dinner, traditional entertainment and henna tattoo. We finished the night lying back on cushions smoking apple shisha and gazing up at the stars, it was a magical night.
There are so much more to see when you spend 5 Days in Dubai, don’t just think of Dubai as a stopover, stay longer and discover the excitement of United Arab Emirates.