ABU DHABI – DUBAI
UAE = United Arab Emirates, a country mostly recognized as just one name: DUBAI.
But behind this magical city with iconic skyscrapers, palm-shaped islands and the biggest mall you’ve ever seen, you can also find enchanting Mosques, a beautiful desert landscape and an incredible culture.
Keep scrolling down to learn more details about one of the most amazing trips I’ve taken a few months ago.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
I would recommend that you visit The United Arab Emirates between November and April.
Try to avoid summer in UAE, because desert = HOT
We visited UAE in mid November and the weather was perfect. Not too hot but not too cold.
WHAT TO DO
Capital of the UAE
Visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque (the biggest one in UAE)
Visit the Louvre (world’s first floating museum)
Emirates Palace (the world’s most expensive building)
Cycle along the Corniche promenade
Go island-hopping on a yacht
Visit a traditional market
Burj Al Arab (the most iconic 7-star hotel in Dubai)
Burj Kahlifa (the world’s tallest building)
Souk al Bahar
Dubai Mall (the biggest mall in the world)
Dinner in the sky
Half-day Desert trip
WHERE TO STAY
When visiting The United Arab Emirates I definitely recommend staying in a Hotel.
In Abu Dhabi we stayed at our friend’s apartment but in Dubai we stayed at The Hilton Garden Inn Mall of Emirates (Breakfast included).
The hotel was a really good choice for a 2-night stay in Dubai. It was a 2-minute walk to the Mall of Emirates and a 7-minute walk to the train station. It’s enough if you’re looking for something simple, modern, with breakfast and budget friendly.
UAE has a cuisine full of flavors. In Abu Dhabi and in Dubai we tried everything from Hummus with Pita Bread to Chinese food. Everything we ate was really good.
Around 80% of the 2.8 million people in Dubai are expats. This means you can find such a big mix of culture and that you’re going to be exposed to A LOT of great food.
Here are some of our favorites:
DID YOU KNOW?
Dubai has the most records around the world such as:
The tallest man-made structure
The only seven-star hotel
First country to have its own Microsoft Word font
World’s tallest chocolate sculpture
UAE in general is a middle-cost country.
Food and drinks are normally high-cost. While staying in Hotels have normal prices.
Here is more information on the costs of our stay and activities from our trip in UAE:
Saadiyat Public Beach = 25 AED p/p = 6 Euros p/p
Grand Mosque = Free
Saadiyat Beach Club = 250 AED p/p = 60 Euros p/p
Louvre = 60 AED p/p = 14 Euros p/p
Emirates Palace = Free
Hilton Garden Inn Mall of Emirates = from 88 Euros
Burj Khalifa SKY = from 370 AED p/p = 88 Euros p/p
Dinner In The Sky = from 499 AED = from 120 Euros p/p
Half-day Desert Trip Platinum Heritage = from 595 AED = from 144 Euros p/p
Miracle Garden = from 50 AED = 12 Euros p/p
With love, Cristy