Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Abu Dhabi & Dubai


I wanted to start off the week by sharing a little round up of my "girls trip" to Abu Dhabi and Dubai with you. We spent two days in Abu Dhabi and two days in Dubai. We flew into Abu Dhabi with BA and it only came to £210 roundtrip, nonstop - which is such a great deal for a 7h flight.
My main tip in finding cheap flights is booking them around four or five months in advance, and I usually find the lowest prices on either Momondo or Skyscanner. If you 100% know your vacation dates (for example, we knew we wanted to take advantage of the Easter long weekend) why not just book it in when it's cheap, even if it's far in advance? Also Mondays and Tuesdays are usually the cheapest dates to book. I am not even kidding, prices go up on the weekend when people are browsing.

Anyways, back to the trip -- after dropping our bags at the Rosewood our first stop was the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi which was the highlight of the trip for me. It's one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen - it's massive and fits an astonishing 40,000 worshippers. If you're planning a trip to the mosque, make sure you do a guided tour (it's free) as they take you to the side of the mosque that's roped off from other tourists - it's a perfect photo spot!


Sunglasses: Dior

Make sure you don't go on a Friday though as it's closed to the public in the morning. As this is a Muslim site you do need to cover up and understandably they are very strict with women's dress. Even-though I had covered myself they still provided me with an Abaya - so they really do enforce the dress code.


The following day we did a dune-bashing tour and camel ride in the desert which was sooooo cool. We booked our dune-bashing tour via GetYourGuide and it came to around £50 per person. Our tour guide literally became our professional photographer for the day - the photos he took came out SO well and I would highly recommend booking the dune-bashing tour via the app!

Bag: Chloe  / Shoes: Target (look exactly like Rockstuds!)



Then it was time to head to Dubai - we did so by taxi (1.5h drive) which was also around £50 which we split. Dubai is definitely an interesting place - it slightly reminded me of Vegas in a really weird way. I am going to be honest with you and say it's not somewhere that I would feel the urge to go back to, but I am happy I experienced what it was all about.


We explored the Dubai Mall (which is really out of this world - there's an aquarium and skating rink inside) and ate amazing, inexpensive Lebanese at Wafi Gourmet while watching the Dubai Fountains (basically the same as the fountains at the Bellagio in Vegas) and the Burj Khalifa light show.


The following day we hit up Kite Beach (get a burger at SALT which is right on the beach). Dinner was sushi at Ramusake (soooo good) and drinks in the Dubai Marina. We also explored Old Dubai and Bastakiya - if you go, head to the Arabian Tea House Cafe for breakfast - they do a wonderful authentic spread!



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