On our way to Sydney we made a 3-day stop in Dubai. We spent 3 nights in the Park Regis Kris Kin hotel (blogpost about the hotel).
After our arrival and check-in we took the metro to go to the Mall of the Emirates. Taxis seem to be fairly cheap in Dubai, but we still chose the metro. A metro day ticket is 22 AED (around € 5.50), which also gives you access to the buses.
The mall is absolutely enormous and we spent half an hour looking for the food court. We haven’t had any food since our overnight flight and it was already afternoon. Luckily, we found some delicious falafel sandwiches. We didn’t take a closer look at the shops as it was mainly expensive brands.
Afterwards, we took the bus to the famous Burj al Arab. Unfortunately, we couldn’t enter the beach right next to it, as it is was only for hotel guests. So we simply went to the next open beach. The water was actually pretty warm for January, but regrettably we didn’t bring our swimwear, so we only cooled our legs. It felt so good to be at the beach again!
In the evening we bought some food at the supermarket. We expected way more selection of hummus, tabouleh salads, falafel etc. That was not the case. But we found some fresh Medjoul dates! Food prices in the supermarkets are cheaper than in Germany. The food court in the mall was almost the same price as in Germany. Totally exhausted and tired from the sleepless night we directly fell asleep.
After a good nights sleep, we made our way to the Dubai mall and the highest building in the world: Burj Khalifa!
We already bought the tickets online back in Germany. This was fortunate as when we arrived, everything was already fully booked for the next hours. We also saved money, however, we had a specific time when you go up the Burj Khalifa, which means limited flexibility. The tickets were 260 AED (around 65€) for both of us. With these tickets you go up to the 124th floor. For 130€ per person you can go up to the 148th floor, which seemed way too expensive for a few more floors.
The view from the Burj Khalifa is really great! All the cars seem so small and the other skyscrapers, which appear so high from the ground, seem ridiculously small. Unfortunately, the weather was a bit misty and we couldn’t see as far as we expected.
The Dubai Mall is located right next to the Burj Khalifa. Inside the mall you can find around 1.200 shops on 1.124.000 m². You can’t imagine the extent, it’s unbelievably big! Even with a floor plan we got lost several times and we felt kind of confused as well. We only visited a small part of the mall, because our feet already hurt from walking.
There is even a real skeleton of a dinosaur inside the mall! It’s 90% original bones and 155 million years old.
We spent the evening watching the Dubai Fountain. We were really impressed by the fountains in combination with the matching music! For us, it was the highlight of our Dubai trip. Every evening, starting from 6pm, the fountains at the Dubai Mall / the Burj Khalifa go off at 30 minuet intervals. The choreography appears to be different every time.
On the last day our feet hurt really bad and we were already thinking about the long flight to Sydney the next day. That’s why we decided to spend the day by the pool and cutting videos. We had lunch at a small takeaway next to our hotel. Usually we wouldn’t have eaten there as the appearance was not very inviting. But as the takeaway was always busy and most of the guests were locals and Indians (we felt like 80% of the inhabitants in Dubai were Indians), the food couldn’t be that bad. So we got some really tasty and cheap falafel wraps! One wrap was only 1.30€. We can highly recommend eating at the small and local takeaways and not only at the fast food chains!
And that concludes our 3 days in Dubai! We hope you enjoyed reading the blogpost. Please leave a comment if you did!
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