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Thursday, 23 March 2017

The Honeymoon Series [xiv] - Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

The last post was on our Dubai Desert Safari tour (review here), so this shall be the final post in The Honeymoon Series, revisiting the rest of Dubai City, UAE - some of the famous landmarks and destinations in this exotic city.

Dubai City is mainly shopping, dining, and other city-esque leisure activities besides the deserts. it is also known for some impressive skycrapers, which we will introduce shortly.  It is no joke that the things here are expensive, especially the shopping. Expats working here disclose that despite their good salaries, a huge portion goes into rentals and there is not much left after saving,  because the rest goes into food and some entertainment. Nonetheless, this is an interesting cosmopolitan city retaining its ancient traditional values.

1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Website: http://www.burjkhalifa.ae/en/index.aspx
Opening Hours: 0800 Hours till Late
Fees (observation deck):  From SGD$134.00 to SGD$191.00

A magnificent tower standing at 555 metres tall with 125 stories, the Burj Khalifa has the highest observatory deck in the world.

34 Al Fahidi Street, Bur Dubai, Bur Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Website: http://www.dubaiculture.gov.ae/en/Live-Our-Heritage/Pages/Dubai-Museum-and-Al-Fahidi-Fort.aspx
Opening Hours: 8.30am to 8.30pm (Saturdays to Thursday)
Entrance Fees: SGD$1.15

Built in the year 1787, this magnificent museum was both a defence fort and residence to the monarch. From blasts of the rural to the riches of modern urbane lfiestyles, the museum encases it all in its 4,000 square metres structure. My personal favorite was the Shipbuilding Wing, where blue lights give the feel of being underwater.

As a pretty Cosmopolitan city, there are multiple cuisine available in Dubai itself, but the most prominent ones would be Mediterranean fare and at times, Indian cuisine. Prices vary depend on whether one dines at the roadside diners, restaurants or shopping malls. Some local snacks include Dried Figs, Chocolate covered Figs and Camel Milk Gelato, if you are game for them.

Al Mussallah Road  (Financial Centre Road), Level 1 Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Website: https://thedubaimall.com/en/shop/gloria-jeans-coffee-first-floor

Nice comfortable seats in the spacious mall with an array of coffee and cakes selection to choose from. I satisfied myself with a Hot Chocolate (SGD$9.00) which was pretty rich.

Al Mussallah Road  (Financial Centre Road), Level 2 Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A rather huge variety of food items available, from Mediterranean food to Chinese food to Japanese food to Western food and fast food, so one could easily find something to satiate their appetite. Note however, that food at the food court wasn't cheap - averaging around SGD$16.00 a meal. Our Kebab Set was around SGD$28.00, but it was pretty tasty, with good assortment of items.

Sheikh Zayed Road, 4th Interchange, Al Barsha 1, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, UAE

An award-winning cafe chain that was established since 1978, The Cheesecake Factory lots of (cheese)cakes, of course, and also pizzas, pastas, sandwiches fish & chips etc for those looking for a meal or something savoury. We loved our decadent Blackforest Cake here.

Near Al Bassam Centre, Port Saeed, Al Khabaisi, Deira, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Walked around the vicinity of our hotel and stumbled upon this cafeteria - a kind of local roadside dining concept, like our coffeeshop.  It was interesting because they had like a Western Fusion food.  The Beau had some Fried Chicken Sandwich and I had a Prawn Burger. Drinks were interest in flavours, like Chicku and Grape - fruits that we don't use for juices in Singapore typically. The food was pretty decent and cost us around SGD$30.00 in total, I think.


Airport Road, Terminal 3 Dubai Airport, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

An Asian-fusion bistro-styled restaurant located at the humongous Dubai Airport, this places serves a variety of sandwiches, salads etc. What caught our eyes though, were the rice buckets with green curry or tomyum, filled with meat and vegetables, making for a sumptuous and nutritious meal.

From the luxurious Dubai Mall to the Gold Souk Marketplace, we have seen it all; from the rows of branded items to local produce; there are plenty to buy in Dubai. Service staff can be rather friendly, even bringing you shopping baskets in large supermarkets if they see you carrying lots of things on your arms.


Al Mussallah Road  (Financial Centre Road), Downtown Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Website: https://thedubaimall.com/
Opening Hours: 10..am to 11.00pm daily

A huge mall with a massive internal floor area of 51 million square feet, this multi-storied luxurious mall is divided into sections of modernity and Arabian cultural decor.. Besides high fashion and good restaurants, this mall also features a huge outdoor musical fountain, a large aquarium and underwater zoo, KidZania theme park as well as Olympic-sized ice-skating rink.

Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Website: http://www.malloftheemirates.com
Opening Hours: 10.00am to 12.00 midnight

A smaller mall in comparison to Dubai Mall, of course, but there is also a good-sized ski park as well as good shops selling local made accessories at reasonable prices. International brands, 90 lovely cafes / restaurants and Dubai's largest Carrefour are all located here.

54 Al Khor Street, Deira, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Opening Hours: 10.00am to 10.00pm

A labyrinth of covered walkways is home to hundreds of retailers with a dazzling offering of gold, silver and other precious stones. Each piece seems more beautiful than the other; each chain seems thicker than the last. Besides gold and jewellery items, the marketplace also houses a wide variety of hand-woven fabrics, traditional costumes, fragrances, spices for cooking or aromatherapy purposes, as well as other knick knacks.

From the 7-star Burj to our Best Western Premier Hotel, accommodation in Dubai is quite readily available, with essential amenities and professional service crew.

Jumeira Beach Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Website: https://www.jumeirah.com/en/hotels-resorts/dubai/burj-al-arab

A beautiful and opulent 7-star hotel rising like a sail in the middle of the Jumeirah Beach with an exuberant interior and personalized service (concierge on every floor, for instance, and tablet control so you can get everything without moving your butt), this hotel seeks to spoil its guests rotten. Priced at SGD$2,228 a night per room at least, be expected to be pampered, no less.

Corner of Abu Baker Al Siddique Road and Salah Al Din Road, 81877, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Website: https://www.bestwestern.nl/hotels/best-western-premier-deira-dubai-76706
Alternative website: http://bestwesternpremierdubai.com/

A mid-range hotel located in a pretty centralized location and close to both Emirates Mall and Dubai Mall, the Best Western Premier Hotel is worth a shot, in terms of dining and rooms. Whether one needs gym facilities, meeting rooms or a hotel nearby Dubai Metro Station, the Best Western Premier has it all. The rooms are around SGD$148.00 per night.

Indulgent resorts such as Waldorf Astoria Resort and Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort are perfect getaways for families or couples as well, with their soft-sand private beaches, turquoise lagoons, gorgeous sea views and an array of fine-dining eateries within the resorts, one can very well look forward to a decadent experience.

End of Dubai's tour..

Here I conclude the entire Honeymoon Series, and thank you sincerely for following us on our journeys, as we traversed from pre-nuptials to The Day, to our European-UAE honeymoon. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to email me at cloverleafwish@gmail.com.  Thank you my dears once again, and hope we cross paths someday xoxoxo

For backtracks:
(i) Honeymoon Series part 1 - selecting the destinations (click here)
(ii) Honeymoon Series part 2 - researching and booking (click here)
(iii) Honeymoon Series part 3 - preparing for the trip (click here)
(iv) Honeymoon Series part 4 - Rome, Italy (click here)
(v) Honeymoon Series part 5 - Siena, Florence & Pisa, Italy (click here)
(vi) Honeymoon Series part 6 - Venice and Milan, Italy (click here)
(vii) Honeymoon Series part 7 - Lorraine and Fontainebleau, France (click here)
(viii) Honeymoon Series part 8 - Paris, France (click here)
(ix) Honeymoon Series part 9 - Swiss Alps and Bern, Switzerland (click here)
(x) Honeymoon Series part 10 - Interlaken and Jungfrau, Switzerland (click here)
(xi) Honeymoon Series part 11 - Lucerne and Zurich, Switzerland (click here)
(xii) Honeymoon Series part 12 - Lake Titisee, Black Forest, Germany (click here)
(xiii) Honeymoon Series part 13 - Dubai Desert Safari Tour, UAE (click here)

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