Definitely Dubai

I had the opportunity to visit Dubai on a company business trip and extended a couple of days for my own personal trip. Having heard so many tales about the overflowing abundant riches of this country and its surreal cityscape, I went there with many preconceived expectations.

Lydiascapes - Definitely Dubai | 'Dubai is a cautionary tale about what money can’t buy: a Culture of its Own' - Quote by Reem Al-Marri

‘Dubai is a cautionary tale about what money can’t buy: a Culture of its Own’
– Quote by Reem Al-Marri

I would not say all are completely unfounded – the lavishness of the hotels and grandeur of the shopping malls does live up to its name. Look left for the world’s tallest building, look right for the world’s biggest shopping mall, ahead is the World’s greatest indoor ski slope. Dubai is the benchmark of hardcore competitiveness, having to be the best in everything. A passing remark I made when I was there ’ Is there a Dubai Zoo?’, to get a reply from my colleague ’ Not unless it can be the world’s best’. LOL

But the city does have more than what one perceives. Lets open with an introduction on its first impressions:

What to expect in Dubai?

1. The Rich New Dubai – Stunning skyline with towering shiny buildings

 The Rich New Dubai - Stunning skyline with towering shiny buildings

Stretched along Sheikh Zayed Road ( the Boulevard of Dubai), you have shimmering buildings towering to the left and right. Each building looks completely new and untouched with its glass windows reflecting off the next shiny clear building across it. For a city in a desert, this is quite unexpected.

Glistering skyscrapers line the Sheikh Zayed Road

Glistering skyscrapers line the Sheikh Zayed Road

On the way to Atlantis hotel, we caught a glimpse of the infamous 7-Star Hotel - Burj Al Arab

On the way to Atlantis hotel, we caught a glimpse of the infamous 7-Star Hotel – Burj Al Arab

The view of the stunning Infinity Tower from the Dubai Marina

The view of the stunning Infinity Tower from the Dubai Marina

Themed interior at the Ibn Battuta - the longest running mall I have seen

Themed interior at the Ibn Battuta – the longest running mall I have seen

2. The ‘Old’ Dubai – Traditions and Authenticity

Dubai never quite had a long rich historical background, with its humble beginnings as just a desert with limited resources. Whatever you see now is also not 100% replicate of of its true beginnings. But still, through the little preserved architecture and cultural places, the sights I see are true and beautiful to its Middle Eastern heritage.

View of the Dubai Old Souq River from the Dhow Wooden Boats

View of the Dubai Old Souq River from the Dhow Wooden Boats

View from my hotel - Morning sun rays hitting the whitewash buildings

View from my hotel – Morning sun rays hitting the whitewash buildings

A beautiful mosque we walked by while strolling around

A beautiful mosque we walked by while strolling around

Passing through a market selling silk scarfs and handmade Aladdin shoes
Beautifully woven shoes hung on display

Passing through a New market selling with silk scarfs and handmade Aladdin shoes

Beautifully woven shoes hung on display

Lovely ornaments and items for sale along the market, a feast to the eyes

Lovely ornaments and items for sale along the market, a feast to the eyes

Veiled Saudi women take photos of their children during a ceremony to celebrate Saudi Arabia's Independence Day in Riyadh

Those captivating eyes lock the mystery beneath the dark veil of these Middle Eastern women in their traditional Abaya.

Despite Dubai being a city that has little to no resources other than oil, they do a pretty fine job creating their own natural reserves:

3. Miracle Gardens – a lovely man-made garden a bit off the city center

My favorite segments of the garden

My favorite segments of the garden

Favorite photo of Miracle Gardens, the sky looks so unreal here

Favorite photo of Miracle Gardens, the sky looks so unreal here

My crazy Dubai colleague-now-buddy that brought me around for a day and a half in Dubai. Thanks for the adventures and being such an awesome host!

My crazy Dubai colleague-now-buddy that brought me around for a day and a half in Dubai. Thanks for the adventures and being such an awesome host!

Now for the FUN stuff to do in Dubai for the adventure lovers:

4. Sand Buggy and Drifting

The Dunes we went up while Sand Drifting around in our 4wheel drive

The Dunes we went up while Sand Drifting around in our 4wheel drive

Photo credited to elatrip.com

Photo credited to elatrip.com

More photos spamming at the Dunes

More photos spamming at the Dunes

Camel Riding on the Dunes

Camel Riding on the Dunes

Quad Biking at the Dunes ( just posing, didn’t actually get to do it)

Quad Biking at the Dunes ( just posing, didn’t actually get to do it)

The empty ‘below the stars’ dinner area before the crowd comes

The empty ‘below the stars’ dinner area before the crowd comes

The sun setting in the distance, couldn’t resist another photo

The sun setting in the distance, couldn’t resist another photo

Never ate so much Mediterranean and Indian food in my whole life ( A collage of the many meals I had in Dubai)

Never ate so much Mediterranean and Indian food in my whole life ( A collage of the many meals I had in Dubai)

5. Ski in the Biggest Indoor Skiing Slope

View of the SkiDubai from outside, pretty amazing

View of the SkiDubai from outside, pretty amazing

View inside of the ski slope before we head up the ski lift

View inside of the ski slope before we head up the ski lift

biggest indoor skiing in dubai desert
View from midpoint on the slopes

View from midpoint on the slopes

Everyone is provided the SkiDubai Ski Wear, that's me in my oversize one

Everyone is provided the SkiDubai Ski Wear, that’s me in my oversize one

Hence to round up my trip, Dubai is a country overflowing with wealth and modern advancement, and yet they still have some traditions still very much preciously preserved till this day and age.

Me in the traditional Abaya clothing D

Me in the traditional Abaya clothing Definitely Dubai

The gorgeous Jumeirah Open Beach, a beautiful closure to my trip!

The gorgeous Jumeirah Open Beach

Dubai beauty and splendour

Thank you for reading Definitely Dubai!

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    September 7, 2015 at 12:42 am

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      October 22, 2015 at 4:56 pm

      Glad you found it useful! Do add Dubai on your bucket list!

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