TRAVEL: Dubai in pictures

Dubai... What can I say about Dubai, that hasn't already been said? I traveled there in mid-July, the temperature ranged from ...

Dubai...

What can I say about Dubai, that hasn't already been said?

I traveled there in mid-July, the temperature ranged from 32-38 Degrees Celsius at night. During the day it was an astronomical 43. Hot Hot Hot! British tourists temporarily migrate to foreign shores in search of Sea, Sand & Sun in their millions each year, most would find the temperatures of the Arabian summer unbearably hot. Not me! The hotter the better!

Dubai is a city of excesses, not just the weather. Everything. Skyscrapers, shopping malls, fast cars racing along Sheikh Zayed Road, man-made islands, amazing beaches and exclusive hotels. They have them all in abundance. It was evident after a day that this would be the perfect place to relax and get away from it all.

Amongst my favorite attractions were the insanely tall, completely unreal looking Burj Khalifa; the dancing fountains just outside it (they danced to Michael Jackson's Thriller... awesome!); the bizarre things they have in their malls: Aquariums, Zoos and Café's made almost entirely out of ice; the refreshing Mint Lemonade drinks that are sold everywhere and the fascinating range of architecture on display.

Everything is so clean, fresh and new! The Metro light railway opened 18 months ago but looks no more than a day old. A common gripe people have with Dubai is the 'strict' nature of the rules, in fairness though any rules are there for a reason. The place is safe and the people have respect for one another, it makes for such a calm, relaxed environment.

If you ever watched the program 'Women In Black' on the BBC with Amani Zain it showed the Emirati women living the high-life. Wow, she wasn't wrong! So many of them walking around with designer shoes, handbags and shopping bags. It was a fairly surreal experience considering the western media like to portray Muslim women as the oppressed.

It's not all sunshine and designer labels though. Most of the taxi-drivers and service workers work 12 hour days 6 or 7 days a week just to get by and send money back home to their families. Unsurprisingly, they don't enjoy Dubai quite so much.

Here a few out of the hundreds of photos (yes, really!) that were taken:

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Hijabis on their Blackberrys :)

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The huge Aquarium in the Dubai Mall!

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Penguins from the mini zoo at the Dubai Mall. Say whaaa?!

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Chillis!

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The dancing fountains.


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At The Top of the Burj Khalifa.

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Mint Lemonade, oh how I miss that refreshing sweet drink!

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Atlantis!

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The famous Sheikh Zayed Road.

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My first ever Pinkberry experience which has got me hooked to frozen yogurt!

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The ice cafe - Chillout.

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The tallest building in the world - The Burj Khalifa.

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How unreal does the Burj Khalifa look?!

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The super clean Metro Station

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Dubai Marina.


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Saving the best till last. The breath taking view from the top of the Burj Khalifa. Words can not describe how amazing this looks.

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22 comments

  1. Aaaah!! Seeing this really makes me wanna go back! I went last yr in October! I stayed at the Atlantis! It was amazing and seeing these pics i sooo wanna go back!!!
    Im sure u had a great time!
    And eid Mubarak if u did eid today or if ur doing it tomorrow! Xx

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  2. Wow the pictures look amazing and your description of the place makes it sound it too. I have heard about the not so nice side of Dubai too like the taxi driver described but I guess there is that in every city. Loved this post x

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  3. I have been to Dubai a few years back and absolutely loved it besides it terrible weather :( It was like someone had left the oven open!

    And true say, everything's so amplified. Even the chill out cafe's so literal lol. I would be too scared of those huge fishes in the middle of the mall :s

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  4. OMG I'm in the philippines right now and have been looking for mint lemonade everywhere! I never thought it was a Dubai thing! Can't wait to go home :)

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  5. The pics are beautiful!!!! Would love to visit Dubai <3
    Thanks for sharing honey <3
    And btw Eid Mubarak Halima!!

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  6. The pictures are beautiful! Sarah x

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  7. I love the pics - LOVE Dubai! We're heading back to our house in Muscat next month, for a month - can't wait!

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  8. Hey!! Thanks for your lovely comment + now following back :)
    Oooooooh Dubai is lovely!! Went last summer .. Miss it all :( , the lovely weather (yeah it was quite hot, but i loved it compared to london weather!!), nice people .. shopping centres.. EVERYTHING :(
    Eid Mubarak :) x

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  9. OMG, breath taking!
    The architecture, no words.
    Never been, but totally wanna go.

    xo SARMIN

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  10. Wow, amazing pictures, everything looks fab, I want that mint lemonade! How cute are those penguins? love them lol! x

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  11. Oh wow, these photos are gorgeous and I'm incredibly jealous, I've always wanted to visit Dubai and your pictures have made me even more desperate to get there :) xx

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  12. I would love to go there! Looks and sounds amazing x

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  13. The photos are beautiful!! I wanna go Dubai! xxx

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  14. Awww amazing post huny! Your pics are so beautiful, thanks for sharing them with us :) Really wanna go! Lol! Oh & that mint lemonade looks totally scrumptious....I want ;) Hope you're well sweety, miss youuu!

    Love Aysh xoxo

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  15. Love Dubai, your photos are great! I want to go back after seeing your photos! Hope you're well! x

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  16. Girl you take amazing pictures. Loved this post.

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  17. Wow this picture is super amazing! I loved it very much! I would so love to go there! As for your profile, I really like the fact that you love chai! Coolness! I love fashion! Friends?

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  18. So beautiful! Loved this much, hope it all goes well and stuff! XXXXXXX

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  19. I loved this a lot! It's beautiful. Did you really go to Dubai? Awesome!

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