I would never have picked Dubai as a destination, but we had a stop there on our way to India, so we’ve decided to stay 2 days to check what was going on in that famous city.
Our first impression was that the airport was super crowded and the staff not super friendly. When you go out it’s a very interesting place that mixes tradition and modernity.
Some parts of the city might make you think of Manhattan but with more friendly and patient people. Speaking of patience, it is a quality you will have to have as everything is taking more time than in Europe.
What to do:
⁃ I’m not a shopper but if you’re into this you will find everything. They have big malls everywhere
⁃ The souks:: Gold souk, spices souk, old souk, they all are in the old Dubai, and if you’re in search of traditionnel stuff, I highly recommend it.
⁃ Enjoy the beaches: Ok let’s be honest, they are not the prettiest beaches in the world, but the water is clear, although polluted by all the boats, jet sky, tankers, that cruise in front of Dubai.
⁃ The desert: It was definitely the highlight of my trip, but I have to admit I’m a desert girl. The sand has a beautiful color, the dunes are pretty, the sunset is unbelievable…. But it’s dirty. It always makes me sad that most of people can’t do a simple thing as picking up their trash after them, it’s so simple and helps our planet to stay gorgeous…
You have many other things to do such as the dancing fountains at night anear the famous Burj khalifa ( tallest building in the world) or take a pick at the burj al arab 7 stars hotel, or indoor skiing, or sky diving… Everything is possible in Dubai.
A healthy living in Dubai
I have to confess, as a vegetarian, I was a little bit worried about the food. I was wrong. There are many vegetarians and vegan options in the restaurants (more than in my country), there are vegan and/or organic places as well such as:
– Comptoir 102 on Jumeirah street (also a nice concept store)
Yogawise I was thrilled to find this cute studio :
– Yoga la vie. A very friendly yoga place . I took an amazing swing (aerial yoga) class there with Gisele, a super sweet and talented Brazilian girl, the best aerial yoga class I’ve ever taken. The studio also has a few yoga clothes, yoga mats, and props on sale.
Yoga la vie is located at the Golden mile on Jumeirah palm (building 10 Galleria 2), you can check their schedule and book online at yoga la vie Dubai
I had a really nice time in Dubai, a destination I thought I would not like. As we didn’t stay long we took a tour the first day and were amused by the pride they have for their country, there is always something better, higher, stronger, or in the Guinness book of records, I would say that the only thing they are lacking of, is humility…..
Now, on our way to New Delhi, India, for, I assume, a total different atmosphere.