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Amazing sky high sky scrappers, to luxurious world-class shopping centers to amazing beaches and deserts that you thought only ever existed in photographs.

Dubai is definitely a rapidly growing, tourist wonderland. As soon as you step out of the plane into the airport lounges you can already feel the world of sun and luxury ahead of you.

The first thing we did after dropping off our luggage was hit Dubai Mall and search for some long awaited food although we did become distracted at all the shops and the luxury of everything inside. The mall is HUGE to say the least. Once we finally reached the food court there was what felt like a million restaurants to chose from but eventually we opted for a light meal before choosing a slightly more “nicer” place later for dinner (The Red Lobster – which was btw really good!).

Patong

As we only planned to stay a few nights before continuing our trip on to Thailand we chose to stay at a reasonably priced chain hotel Radisson Bluwhich was situated in Downtown Dubai. This hotel was located a mere 5 minute or less drive to the world’s tallest building The Burj Khalifa as well as the huge Dubai Mall which made it the perfect base for exploring. The hotel itself was modern, very clean and offered great views of the city (as well as a good breakfast with a huge variety of things to choose from).

Reaching the very top of the Burj Khalfia, we were amazed at the views of Dubai. Looking down from the tallest skyscraper in the world was surreal. We couldn’t believe how high up we were.

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The islands

On one of the evenings we decided to go on a Desert Safari Excursion. We were picked up by our tour guide mid-afternoon and began our exciting journey into the desert. Once we reached the desert sands our tour guide decided to take us on a Dune Bashing experience where the vehicle would toss and turn to the waves of the sand beneath us at high speed. It was a great experience to say the least. It literally felt as if we were on a rollercoaster. After around 20 minutes we reached the camp where we would later have an Arabian-style buffet dinner with entertainment including belly dancers. During our evening here we also spent some time with the camels and visited the various tent set-ups where we could take part in various activities such sand art, henna and shisha.

Feeling hungry!

During our trip we also visited a few amazing beach resorts however one that we particularly enjoyed was  the one at Rixos, The Palm. It was definitely an experience being there – it looked like one of those places you’d only see in music videos. The views from the pool, the food, the bar and the atmosphere was incredible. The resort also had access to a private beach where you could take part in a number of water activities.

Treat them with care

Of course a trip to Dubai wouldn’t be complete without a stop to take pictures and chill out near the Atlantis Hotel which is also located at the Palm.

Out of time

Unfortunately, due to time constraints we couldn’t experience the highly recommended North of Thailand i.e. Chang Mai/Chang Rai however it’s on the bucket list for next time. Overall Patong was a great experience. A different world to the one we know and live in today – the people, the views, the FOOD and the overall casual lifestyle that they live in. Our return journey awaits!

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