So as if a boat trip, sand dune safari and visit to the tallest building in the world wasn’t enough for a short stopover in Dubai, on day 3 we made our way out to the Emirates mall for some ski lessons at Ski Dubai!
We had pre-booked online (the cost was about 220 Dirham or roughly £40) and on arrival were given everything we needed except gloves and a hat (which we bought inside, though I would recommend you to bring your own). There were lockers for your belongings, and once fitted up with skis and boots, we headed onto the slopes to meet our instructor. Having only ever spent a day learning to ski on the dry slopes in Craigavon, Northern Ireland, we had booked beginner lessons so we were on the nursery slopes. Now I would say this was more a free for all than a lesson to be honest, and I wouldn’t have been too happy if I had never set foot on a slope of any kind before! Nevertheless we had a few hours of good fun, and it has definitely given us a notion of a ski holiday in the near future! Within Ski Dubai, you can do zorbing, take the chairlift to the top for some better slopes, meet the penguins, and chose from lots of other activities for kids in the Snow Park. After our lesson we had lunch in a beautiful Japanese restaurant which overlooked the slopes. What amazed us was how Dubai has it all, you just have to decide what you want to do!
After all the other activities we used the last day to relax, and done so by having a massage at our hotel as well as relaxing by the pool & beach.
Over the couple of evenings we spent in Dubai, we mostly went for cocktails in bars with beautiful night views. One evening we visited the Marriot hotel near the marina, which had a bar with beautiful views off the marina and reasonably priced cocktails. I highly recommend the strawberry daiquiri & mini burgers if you want a nibble!
Another evening we went to the rooftop Uptown Bar at the famous ‘Wave’ hotel otherwise known as Jumeirah Beach hotel. We were able to walk into the hotel & take the lift to the 24th floor, and walk into the bar without a reservation! The view from the lift out to the Burj Al Arab lit up at night was itself brilliant, as was the view down from the 24th floor!
We were seated at a tall table outside with magnificent views over the city and the Burj Al Arab. We stayed for a few hours and had a few cocktails (at around £12 each they weren’t cheap but hey darling we were in Dubai & on honeymoon) & a cheeseboard, whilst admiring the views around us! Definitely a must do in Dubai, I recommended it to one of my friends a while back and she loved it too!
On our final evening, we took a taxi to the Madinat Jumeirah which is made up of a few hotels, restaurants and a traditional Arabian Souk. When we arrived we had a wonderful view of the Burj Al Arab’s changing colours & we took a boat trip around the complex. It was beautiful and when you stay in the hotel you actually take the boats around the complex!
1. Afternoon Tea at the Burj Al Arab which at around £90pp isn’t cheap but probably worth it since you cannot get inside the 7 star hotel without such a booking
2. Swim with dolphins at The Atlantis Palm hotel
3. Visit the Aquaventure waterpark at The Atlantis Palm hotel, where you can take a slide through a shark filled lagoon or the world’s largest slide
4. Take a day trip to Abu Dhabi & visit the beautiful Sheikh Zayed Mosque & Ferrari World
5. Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
6. Miracle Gardens
If you are flying long-haul, for example to Australia, you can easily stop in Dubai for a few days and the flight is usually the same price!