Since moving to the Continent almost 3 years ago, we’ve done some amazing trips. Having a good chunk of Europe checked off “La Liste”, and the boys proving to be capable travelers – it was time to move out of our comfort zone – a little bit, and check out Dubai & Abu Dhabi.
My 10-year-old is obsessed with all things aviation and has been coveting a flight with Emirates. Thus our Easter trip to the UAE and Mauritius.
Not having visited an Arabic country before, Dubai and Abu Dhabi were eye-opening. There are some simple rules. In short:
Thou shall not get shit faced, flash your boobs (or shoulder), make out with husband, fight with locals or show your enthusiasm by screaming “f*ck yeah!
First Impressions of Dubai & The UAE
We had zero problems and though I respectfully covered my shoulders and knees in public places, there were many women who did not. Still, nobody seemed to mind.
We did the required tourist activity of taking a 4 x 4 adventure into the Arabic desert. So fun! Our guide was a lovely Moroccan dude named Hassan that rocked that SUV (complete with a roll cage) through the sand dunes like Mario Andretti. Of course, we then had to ride a camel…when in the desert, right?! We also sand boarded which was hot as hell but worth the price of admission. The first morning in Dubai we did a little fishing in the Persian Gulf to sate our Bahamian roots.
Further UAE attractions included a side trip to Abu Dhabi where we visited Ferrari World, Yas Waterworld (family holiday after all), The Heritage Village, and a quick peek at the gorgeous and MASSIVE Grand Mosque.
On our return to Dubai, we stayed at the Mall of the Emirates……with the infamous indoor skiing. We should have gone to the Gold Souk instead-but everyone was keen to check out the giant mall.
My take on Dubai and Abu Dhabi is a bit impartial. Both cities are ultra-modern but both feel a bit soulless. Yet, you can buy anything imaginable, especially in Dubai if shopping is your shtick.
I would go back. However, it would be to spend more time in the Arabic desert with the gorgeous multi-colored sand. Ideally, I would stay in the Bab Al Shams. Check it out….drool-worthy,
Oh! I would also return for the hummus. The hummus was the bomb as was the shish tawook with garlic sauce. Okay, so I would return for more desert adventures, eats, and another chance to fly Emirates.
Hope you enjoyed the read.