V-Day in Dubai

9:30 PM reservations were set for Thiptara Restaurant at the Palace hotel on Valentine’s Day and of course, we were late. The cab driver accidentally dropped us off at the wrong hotel which meant we had to trek in heels for 6 blocks.

IMG_0167It was a special valentines dinner, spent with my lovely friends. The restaurant overlooked the Dubai Fountain. Every hour the fountain danced to sweet melodies. We also got the restaurant to wish Jess a Happy Birthday (although her birthday was over a month ago). One of the most memorable dishes I had while at dinner was the calamari. It was so good, we had to order another batch. The batter melts-in-your-mouth and the squid was fresh. The overall experience at The Palace was incredible. Later that night we went to Armani Prive and back to Jumeirah Beach Hotel 360 Bar.

Ky Tip: Dinner and clubbing in Dubai require reservations. Make sure you’re proactive about scheduling your nightlife activities.

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Burj Al Arab All In My Face

Our hotel, Jumeirah Emirates Tower, has a free shuttle to the Jumeirah Beach Hotel every 3-hours. The beach hotel is captivating and also right in front of the landmark, Burj Al Arab.

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IMG_0070Burj Al Arab is one of the only 7-star hotels in the world. It’s located on its own island and is truly a sight to see. If I ever doubted I was actually in Dubai, being on the beach smack dab in front of the Burj Al Arab made me realize I was. I had to pinch myself a few times.

The beach is safe and pure luxury. A waiter comes around and caters to your every need. We didn’t know what to do with ourselves. One of the inevitable discussions that came up was Valentine’s Day: “Do you believe in Valentine’s Day?” Of course, I do and this was by far the best V-Day I’ve ever had. Soaking up the sun on a hot desert beach, what more could I ask for?

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The Dubai Museum

The next day we got up around 6AM to catch breakfast. Our friend Jessica arrived late the night before so essentially it was her first day in Dubai. We had an amazing buffet with delicacies from around the world. We then headed to the Dubai Museum, for a heritage tour.

IMG_9898The Dubai Museum is the oldest existing building in Dubai and was the perfect introduction to the city. The museum took us on a journey of Dubai from its humble Bedouin beginnings to the global giant it is today. Lifesize figures epitomizing the culture of Dubai and its people from their faith in Islam to their education and means of trade made up a large majority of the exhibits. It was interesting to learn that Dubai only started industrializing in the 1950s/60’s and have attained more in less than a century than most countries would ever dream of.

IMG_9903 IMG_9904 IMG_9905 IMG_9908 IMG_9909 IMG_9913 IMG_9918 IMG_9921 IMG_9920 IMG_9926 IMG_9929 After the museum, we explored the surrounding neighborhood of Burj Dubai. We visited a souq where the clerk made me try on a belly dancing costume for fun and purchased a few souvenirs after negotiating of course.

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