Dubai Middle East UAE

BEST OF DUBAI IN 3 DAYS

I hope you already had the opportunity to read my last post about Dubai.
In the following post, I will share the best things to do in Dubai in 72 hours! 🙂

Espero que tenha tido a oportunidade de ler o último post sobre o Dubai.
Hoje partilho o que fazer no Dubai durante 72 horas! Fique atento! 🙂

DAY 1

THE DUBAI MALL. BURJ KHALIFA

On the very same morning that we arrived at Dubai’s airport (coming from an overnight flight), we went straight to our hotel, had a re-invigorating shower, a delicious breakfast, and immediately forced ourselves not to sleep but to take The Oberoi Dubai Hotel free shuttle to the Dubai Mall.
The Dubai Mall is the world’s biggest shopping mall by land area, with more than 1200 stores, an aquarium, an underwater zoo, an ice ring, you name it! It is also there were you can find access to the Burj Khalifa.
Before going into deep exploration of the Dubai Mall, we first went to the tallest structure of the world, the Burj Khalifa, with its astonishing 829.8m of height. We bought the online tickets here because buying them on site makes them significantly more expensive. From all the available options, we bought the one that gave us access to the 124th and 125th floors, although outside of the sunset hours. From what I read, and from the view we had, the 148th floor should not give you a much better experience (view) than the one we had just a few floors below. But if you really want to splurge, there’s even the 152nd, 153rd and 154th floors, where you can additionally enjoy a breakfast buffet, a high-tea, or some fancy cocktails.

After visiting the Burj Khalifa, we took a long exploration stroll around The Dubai Mall, both inside and out. I must confess that after having lived in Seoul, the mall didn’t really impress me that much. On the outside, we took some unavoidable pictures of the Burj Khalifa, and also took a closer look at the Souk Al Bahar, a new shopping mall recreated with moorish architecture. Again at the Dubai Mall, we dined on one of the middle-eastern cuisine restaurant, which had a terrace with a view to the Dubai fountain show. We enjoyed the meal while watching the show, which happens every 30 minutes from 7pm to 11pm. This makes the show hard to miss during your visit.

Before going back to the hotel, I was eager to try a camel milk ice cream. We went to the ‘The Majlis First and Finest Camel Milk Café‘ shop in The Dubai Mall and I opted for an ice cream scoop of dates and camel milk, while my husband decided for one of pistachio and camel milk. He didn’t like any of them. Since I am not fan of pistachio ice cream, I preferred mine. Be warned that camel milk is really strong in flavor; so strong even that I couldn’t finish it (barely ate a third of it). My husband expressions while eating it were priceless! I really dare you to try it :).

Após um banho revigorante e um delicioso pequeno-almoço, seguimos para o Dubai Mall fazendo uso do autocarro gratuito do hotel The Oberoi Dubai.
O Dubai Mall é o maior shopping do mundo por metros quadrados, com mais de 1200 lojas, um aquário, um zoo subaquático, uma pista de gelo, etc. É lá que encontra acesso ao Burj Khalifa.
Após uma refeição rápida, acedemos à estrutura mais alta do mundo, com 829,8 m. Compramos as entradas com antecedência, aqui. No local será mais caro. Optamos pela opção dos níveis 124 e 125 e fora do horário do pôr-do-sol, para pagar menos. Pelo que li e vi, o nível 148 não oferece mais do que pode esperar nos níveis anteriores. Por um preço superior, pode visitar os níveis 152, 153 e 154 e desfrutar de um pequeno-almoço buffet, dum chá da tarde ou de alguns cocktéis sofisticados.

Depois, demos um passeio pelo Dubai Mall, pelo interior e exterior. Devo confessar que, depois de morar em Seul, este shopping não me impressionou. No exterior tiramos algumas fotos do Burj Khalifa e visitamos o Souk Al Bahar, um novo shopping recriando a arquitetura mourisca. De volta ao Dubai Mall, jantamos num restaurante de comida do Médio Oriente, que possuía um terraço com vista para o show das águas das fontes de Dubai. Degustamos o nosso jantar enquanto apreciávamos o show de água e música, que ocorre todos os dias, a cada 30 minutos, entre as 19h e as 23h.

Antes de voltar para o hotel, eu estava ansiosa por experimentar um gelado de leite de camelo. Fomos à loja ‘The Majlis First and Finest Camel Milk Café’, no Dubai Mall, e experimentei uma bola de gelado de leite de camelo com tâmaras e o meu marido experimentou uma de leite de camelo com pistacho. Ele não gostou de nenhum. Eu não sou fã de gelado de pistacho, então preferi o meu. É muito forte em sabor e não o consegui terminar, mas gostei bastante. Experimentaría? 🙂


DAY 2

DEIRA, BUR DUBAI, DESERT SAFARI

On our 2nd day, we got up early in the morning and headed straight to Deira, the old town of the city of Dubai, to see some traditional souks (grand souk, souk of spices) and to buy some gold at the gold souk. We got there by taxi. Be aware that this is a more traditional neighbourhood, and that you will be heavily harassed by all the traders. Here, you will also see the heaviest golden necklace in the world, so heavy in fact that it’s in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Done with the souks, we crossed the Dubai creek to the other side by Abra, the taxi boat. The trip costs 1 dirham and you pay it while on the boat.
We reached Bur Dubai, on the other side of the canal, where you can find the Textile Souk, The Dubai Museum and the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood. In Al Fahidi, there are coffee houses, galleries, and restaurants. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to discover the secrets held in the museums. We had a more exciting plan for the afternoon, having instead scheduled a desert safari. Our lunch was at the ‘Arabian Tea House Restaurant and Coffee’ (You can find all these places on the map below).

The afternoon was dedicated to the desert safari by OceanAir Travels Tours Agency. Our guide picked us at the hotel at 2 pm, and after one hour and one stop to remove pressure from the tires we were on the desert. We enjoyed some serious dune bashing action in a modified 4×4 land cruiser. While the bashing was going on, the inside of the land cruiser was blasting with upbeat ethnic music. It was a hell of a ride! We also had time to stop and watch the desert, do some sandboarding, and ride a camel (with which I honestly felt uncomfortable). You could also have a henna painting, a dinner in a bedouin tent, and watch a live performance, such as belly dancing (if all of this sounds a bit of a tourist trap, that’s because it kinda is). We booked the tour just because of the dune bashing and sandboarding, everything else was perfectly forgettable and unnecessary.
We reached our hotel around 8pm. We took a shower and we went to the Íris bar located in The Oberoi Dubai Hotel, to end the day with a great gin tonic. 🙂

No nosso 2º dia, fomos para Deira, a zona velha da cidade de Dubai, para ver os souks tradicionais ( o grande souk, o souk de especiarias ) e comprar ouro no souk do ouro. No souk do ouro pode ver o colar de ouro mais pesado do mundo, tão pesado que está no livro Guinness.
Depois, atravessamos a enseada de Dubai, pelo barco táxi: Abra. A viagem custa 1 dirham e o pagamento é feito no barco.
Uma vez em Bur Dubai, do outro lado do canal, pode visitar o souk de têxteis, o Museu do Dubai e o Bairro Histórico Al Fahidi. Este último é uma área restaurada, com cafés, galerias de arte e restaurantes. Não tivemos tempo para visitar nenhum museu, porque tínhamos um safari no deserto marcado. Perdemo-nos no Bairro Histórico Al Fahidi, onde almoçamos no ‘Arabian Tea House Restaurant and Coffee’ (pode encontrar todos estes lugares no mapa abaixo).

A tarde foi dedicada ao safari no deserto pela agência de viagens OceanAir Travels. O nosso guia recolheu-nos no hotel às 14h e, depois de uma hora e uma paragem para remover a pressão dos pneus, estávamos no deserto. Desfrutamos de alguma ação nas dunas, num 4×4 land cruiser. Enquanto as batidas do carro contra as dunas aconteciam, no interior da viatura ouvíamos uma música arábe. Foi uma experiência espetacular!
Houve tempo para parar e observar o deserto, praticar sandboarding e andar de camelo (não concordo com esta parte). Também pode fazer uma pintura de henna, jantar numa tenda beduína e assistir a uma performance ao vivo, como dança do ventre. (Se tudo isto lhe soa como uma armadilha para turistas, é porque de certa forma o é). Reservamos o passeio apenas por causa das dunas e do sandboarding, tudo o resto foi perfeitamente desnecessário.
Regressamos ao nosso hotel por volta das 20h. Tomamos um banho e fomos para o bar Íris, localizado no hotel The Oberoi Dubai, onde terminamos o dia com um ótimo gin tónico. 🙂

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DAY 3

MARINA, BURJ AL ARAB, JUMEIRAH MOSQUE /ABU-DHABI MOSQUE

On the 3rd and last day, we visited the Abu-Dhabi Mosque. The funny part of this was that it wasn’t in ours plans at all. Early in the morning, we got in the cab and we asked the driver to take us to the one place we had in mind, the Jumeirah Mosque. Instead, the driver bamboozled us and convinced us to visit the Abu-Dhabi Mosque! Roughly 120 km from where we were. He said he would do it for a daily rent of 100 dollars. It took less than an hour to reach there.

Along the travel we kinda worried we had made a wrong choice, but once we got there, at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the biggest mosque of the country, the doubts kinda dissipated. It really is magnificent. There is no entrance fee, but you need to collect a ticket on the entrance machines. The mosque is open between 9am to 10pm except on fridays. There is a strict dress code to visit the mosque. Men should use trousers, loose, long-sleeved shirts, long trousers, and definitely no shorts. White dishdashas are available for men if necessary. Dress code for women is a bit different: long trousers or long skirts, long-sleeve shirts, nothing tight, and a headscarf (women should cover their hair while in the mosque grounds, but it’s not necessary to cover the face). Abayas are provided to visiting females if needed.

Two hours later we were ready to go back to Dubai. We had our lunch at the Marina area. Expats usually like this area. I didn’t, it felt too much westernized, and too shopping focused.

Done with the Marina, our afternoon was dedicated to the one and only Burj Al Arab. This was something I wished ever since I was a teenager. Back then, I recall it being pompously described on TV as the only 7-starred hotel in the world. This classification is not official though, since there’s no such thing. 5-stars is the maximum rating the hotel can aspire to, but the popular description sticked to that number.
In order to get access to the hotel you need to book, in advance either a room, a restaurant meal, a cocktail at the bar or, the cheapest option, an afternoon tea at the coffee lounge ‘Sahn Eddar’. You have to spend at least 200AED (~55$) per person to be allowed to take a sniff inside its grandeur. Each one of us chose the afternoon tea at the coffee lounge ‘Sahn Eddar’. We had the ‘sweet indulgence package’ (250AED). It comprised of one cocktail juice out of two possible choices, one cake, again out of two options (a chocolate gateaux and a vanilla millefeuille), and the “golden cappucino”. The later is a cappuccino sprinkled with 24-carat gold flakes and made of arabica beans. The drink boasts the hotel’s iconic sail-shaped design and is served with a Grand Cru Guanaja chocolate marshmallow sprinkled with gold.
Since it was our 10th year dating anniversary, they offered me a red rose, an additional slice of a chocolate cake (which I was unaware of, or else I would have gotten the vanilla millefeuille first, preventing me from getting into a choco-coma), and a free sleepover in one of the suits of the Burj Al Arab. Yeah, the last one didn’t really happen, but they did allow us to visit a suit (which was pretty great!). We were delighted with the friendliness of the café lounge manager when, after my husband (who has to speak to everyone, everywhere, about everything) had had a genuinely nice conversation with her, she invited us to visit a suite and the terrace area. We were thrilled! (This is a marketing stunt, but for sure we were radiant with the opportunity 🙂
You can delight yourself with the pictures below. 😀 The pool area was really cool with a calm and great ambiance. They have a fresh water pool, with a shaded swim-up bar at its center and an infinity pool of salt water.

We finished the day with a view of the Burj Khalifa, at the ‘TreeHouse’ Bar located in Taj Dubai Hotel, while drinking a cocktail and celebrating life.

No nosso terceiro e último dia, visitamos a Mesquita de Abu-Dhabi. Não estava nos nossos planos. Entramos no táxi e dissemos que queríamos visitar a Mesquita de Jumeirah. O motorista convenceu-nos a visitar a Mesquita de Abu-Dhabi e pagamos cerca de 90 euros pelo seu serviço de motorista para o dia inteiro.

Uma hora depois, estávamos em Abu-Dhabi, na Grande Mesquita Sheikh Zayed, a maior mesquita do país. A entrada é gratuíta, embora precise de recolher o seu bilhete nas máquinas à entrada. A mesquita está aberta das 9h às 22h, exceto às sextas. Vista-se adequadamente para visitar a mesquita. Os homens devem usar calças, camisas de manga comprida, e evitar roupa justa. Dishdashas brancas estão disponíveis para os homens, se necessário. O código de vestir para as mulheres é calças ou saias compridas, camisas de manga comprida, nada justo e um lenço na cabeça (as mulheres devem cobrir os cabelos no local da mesquita, mas não é necessário cobrir o rosto). Abayas são fornecidas às mulheres visitantes, se necessário.

Duas horas depois estávamos de regresso ao Dubai. Almoçamos na zona da Marina. Os expatriados, geralmente, gostam desta área. Eu, pessoalmente, não adorei, achei-a deveras ocidental.

A nossa tarde foi dedicada ao Burj Al Arab. Desde adolescente lembro-me de ver documentários na televisão sobre o único hotel de 7 estrelas do mundo. Essa classificação não é oficial, pois não existe. 5 estrelas é a classificação máxima que um hotel pode aspirar.
Para ter acesso ao hotel, é necessário reservar com antecedência um quarto, uma refeição no restaurante, uma bebida no bar ou, a opção mais barata, um chá da tarde no café ‘Sahn Eddar’. Precisa gastar pelo menos 200AED (~ 55 $) por pessoa para ter acesso ao espaço. Cada um de nós escolheu o ‘pacote indulgência doce’ (250AED) no ‘Sahn Eddar’. Compreendeu 1 sumo entre 2 opções disponíveis, 1 bolo de 2 escolhas (um de chocolate e um millefeuille de baunilha) e o “cappucino dourado”. Um cappuccino polvilhado com flocos de ouro de 24 quilates e feito de grãos arábica. A bebida apresenta o icónico desenho do hotel e é servida com um marshmallow de chocolate Grand Cru Guanaja polvilhado com ouro.
Como era o nosso 10º aniversário de relacionamento, presentiaram-nos com uma rosa vermelha, uma fatia de um bolo de chocolate (eu já estava em coma de chocolate, deveria ter escolhido o millefeuille), e uma estadia. 🙂 Ahaha, esta última parte realmente não aconteceu, mas permitiram-nos visitar uma suite (o que foi ótimo!). Ficamos encantados com a simpatia da gerente do café lounge quando, depois do meu marido ter tido uma conversa genuinamente agradável com ela, ela nos convidou para visitarmos uma suíte e o terraço. Ficamos emocionados! (Este é um golpe de marketing, mas mesmo assim estávamos radiantes com a oportunidade). 🙂
Pode deliciar-se com as fotos abaixo. 😀 A área da piscina é espectacular, com um ambiente calmo e agradável. Eles têm uma piscina de água doce com um bar à sombra no centro, e uma piscina infinita com água salgada.

Terminamos o dia com uma vista para o Burj Khalifa, no bar ‘TreeHouse’ localizado no Hotel Taj Dubai, enquanto tomamos um cocktail e celebramos a vida.

The next morning we continued our journey. See you someday, Dubai! 😉

Na manhã seguinte, continuamos a nossa viagem. Até qualquer dia, Dubai! 😉

Carina visited Dubai, UAE, in October 2019, and this is just her opinion.
Carina visitou o Dubai, Emiratos Árabes Unidos, em Outubro de 2019, e esta é, apenas, a sua opinião.

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4 comments

  1. *Carina Travel And Food, Boa Tarde!* *Parabéns pela postagem! Eu realmente estou muito bem impressionado, pelas suas fotos, elas estão lindas e vc tem talento e muito bom gosto também. Já pensou em fazer um álbum somente de fotos, que vc tirou da suas viagens*? Elas podem ser comercializadas, para agentes de viagens e muitas outras finalidades. Quem sabe isto não desperta algum interesse comercial? Grande abraco respeitoso. Do seu seguidor. *Jonathas Gagliardi Madeira.*

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  2. I am really sorry to hear that you and your husband did not like the camel milk ice cream. It does not portray the right culinary excellence of the UAE. That brand you had uses camel milk powder in it, which has strong hints of minerals and salt, kind of metallic.
    You visited Arabian Tea House afterwards, which is where you could have had the right camel milk gelato (Italian style), made out of whole camel milk. Very different. That’s why we are the brand that supplies 5-star hotels and restaurants. They don’t.
    I hope you get a chance to return to Arabian Tea House one afternoon just to try one of the 6 flavours on their menu, including Honey-Saffron, Chocolate, Dates, Pistachio… You won’t be disappointed and will change your mind about camel milk. Awaiting your feedback confidently 😉
    Regards,
    I am the CEO of Nouq.

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