Dubai is a country that I love and I have seen various changes since my first trip out there in 1998. I am very lucky as my Uncle Doug and his family live out there and mostly stay with them, however this time, mum and I stayed in a lovely hotel called Reflections. Reflections Hotel is 4 star and is set in Bur Dubai and is easy access to Wafi Mall which can get you on to the Big Bus Tour. There are 13 floors and 3 – 11 are themed either with Tokyo, Venice, London and New York. The 12th floor is a spa and gym with the 13th floor being a bar area and the pool is up there. The breakfast and dinner area is located on the 2nd floor.
The staff are friendly and helpful and the rooms very comfortable. The only downside is that they are currently building around the hotel.
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Mum and I went to a Venice themed room which was beautiful and useful for our purposes.
Mum and I brought the 5 days Big Bus Tour ticket which included a Marina Doh boat ride, entrance to Atlantis the Lost Chambers Aquarium and others. There are three routes Red, Green and Blue.
Blue – Marina
There was also free water available and audio commentary. Please note that our trip fell during Ramadan so we could only drink on the bus or in certain cafes/restaurants that had been sectioned off in order to respect the Muslims who were fasting.
The other tour company the City Sightseeing Bus is a government-run company so they do not offer water during Ramadan whereas the Big Bus is a private company which was why we had water.
The tours start at 9 am and run every half an hour and is a very good value for money as can hop on and off as often as you want within the validity of the ticket.
Mum and I definitely made full use of the tickets and we did marina Dhow cruise and visited the Atlantis Lost Chambers Aquarium which was also very interesting.
I had also booked a Dinner cruise for the Thursday night through Klook with Xclusive which was very enjoyable and well organised. There was a good variety of food and drink (no alcohol) with live music. It lasted for about an hour and a half. Definitely worth doing. Again this is not a sponsored post.
We also managed to meet up with my Uncle Doug, Aunty Helen and cousin Jake and Emma which was fun.
We also went to see the new Aladdin film which was fantastic and worth watching for anyone who likes a good film. We also had tickets booked to go up Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world and went up to the 124 floors to the observation deck. We had a lovely view and it was very well organised and we were not rushed to go back down.
My penultimate day was spent doing some shopping and going out to the Dubai Frame and then the Dubai Glow Garden.
The Dubai Frame, like Burj Khalifa, showed the various stages of construction and you are able to see both old and new Dubai from either side. You can also look down the floor which comes clear as you walk along with it (only the centre panels). Again there was no rush up and down and it finished with a video of what Dubai could be like in another 50 years. This is due to the fact that Dubai is still developing as it used to be a small fishing and pearling village. It was only when oil was found that it began to be a more popular destination.
We came down and walked towards the Dubai Glow Garden which was various animals and plants made out of lights. There was also a dinosaur park which made me feel like I was in Jurassic Park. Some of the dinosaurs moved and made sounds.
This was a delightful end of the holiday and is one that I would definitely do again as we didn’t see all of it as our feet were getting sore.
My last day dawned and we packed a bit before going down to breakfast. We finished packing and checked out. We got a taxi to my Uncles house and had a relaxing time there before heading out. He took me to the Etihad pick up as I was getting an earlier bus as I was going on to Japan and my flight was earlier than my mum’s but she came to see me off.
The journey to the airport was fine, I was listening to the Aladdin soundtrack and I checked in fine and soon found myself on the plane for Japan.
That’s all for now. Next post will be about my first few days in Japan.
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