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Sightseeing in Dubai

2nd June 2011

Escape Travel’s Andrea McDonald travels to Dubai and experiences a Bedouin dinner in the desert. Andrea stays in the Bur Dubai area because of its proximity to everything. She visits the Dubai Museum, the Burj Khalifa, and the Burj al Arab. From the tallest building in the world to snow skiing in the desert, Dubai can only be described as an amazing destination. Andrea, please tell us about your trip to Dubai.

Colourful sand art at Bedouin Camp

Dubai is one of those destinations that I think will amaze and shock me every time I visit. I have been to Dubai three times over the last three years and every time I visit, I see new and incredible things.

Dubai is made up of three main areas:

  • Deira, the older area near the Dubai Creek and markets,
  • Bur Dubai, what I like to call the more modern city area and
  • Jumeirah, the beach area where you will find resort style accommodation.

I always stay in the Bur Dubai area as I have found a great little hotel called the Royal Ascot. What I love about it is that it’s a moderate four start resort, in a good location. It is close to all your amenities as there is a little grocery store across the road, a pizza place on the corner, a Laundromat across the car park, and streets of shopping right at your fingertips. The hotel also has a fantastic Rooftop Bar where you can sit in one of their huge four-poster day beds after a long day of shopping and have a cocktail or two.

When in Dubai, you must see the following:

Burj al Arab

  • High tea or lunch at the Burj al Arab
  • The Dubai Museum, one of the best I have seen
  • Sundowner Dune Dinner, a Bedouin dinner in the Arabian Desert
  • Burj Khalifa : Dubai Tower, currently the tallest building in the world
  • Gold Souk / Markets
  • Ski Dubai, an indoor ski-field in one of the shopping malls.

I definitely recommend spending at least five nights in Dubai to really capture the essence of the city and all it has to offer.

The Sundowner Dune Dinner starts with a forty five minute drive from the city out to the edge of the Arabian Desert where your driver will reduce the air pressure of the tyres to prepare for the soft sand ahead. We ride in eight seater four wheel drive vehicles, navigating over and around the sand dunes. This is not for the faint hearted. We stop along the way for some photo opportunities and to watch the sun set over the desert before heading to the Bedouin Camp where we will spend the next few hours. At the camp you will enjoy camel rinds, henna tattoos, full buffet dinner and drinks, as well as a belly dancing show, and if you wish you can try a water pipe or hookah. Heading back to the hotel at night, we take the flat road back to the highway and after re-inflating the tyres, we head back to the hotel at around 10pm.

Ski dubai - indoor skiing

Me at Ski Dubai - indoor skiing

The only times I would suggest avoiding Dubai is at the absolute peak of summer (July/August) as the heat can be very intense and also during the religious month of Ramadan - dates vary from year to year.

What you have to understand about Dubai is that if offers something for everyone. Whether you fancy high tea at the Burj al Arab, visiting the tallest building in the world, snow skiing in the middle of the desert or enjoying a game of golf, Dubai is a destination for everyone!

Looking for more information about travelling to Dubai? Contact [email]text=Andrea McDonald[/email], a Team Leader with Escape Travel based in Strathpine, Queensland who can be reached at 1300 841 097 or by [email]text=email[/email].