Dazzling Dubai

Rebecca Deacon on 18 September 2018
I love Dubai and there is so much more to it than glitzy hotels! Having been twice now, I certainly will be going again as I have only just scratched the surface with what you can do there!

On both occasions I have stayed at the same hotel. I have simply fallen in love with it and despite both my trips being five years apart, it didn't disappoint me on my recent trip in September this year! The Jumeirah Zabeel Saray is located on the Palm, a 40-minute journey from the airport. From the moment you arrive you are blown away by the decadence of the hotel, a breath-taking lobby area which is the stem of the hotel with fountains, stunning ceilings and an array of shops, restaurants and a magnificent spa. The rooms here are spacious and include either palm views or sea views, with all the top-class amenities you could ask for. I can honestly say you wouldn't be disappointed. The pool and beach service include butlers with fresh fruit, ice lollies and face towels to keep you comfortable in the heat. Located directly on the beach with views to one side of the Dubai city skyline and the Arabian sea the other there is plenty to enjoy.

On my first visit I enjoyed a sunrise trip to the Burj Khalifa which still stands as the tallest building in the world. On my recent trip I decided to take the trip at night to experience the night time views. This was certainly my favourite time; the views are spectacular. You do need to pre-book this and the whole experience lasts around two hours. At the same time, I highly recommend a visit to the famous Dubai Fountains, created by the same designers as the famous Bellagio fountains in Vegas with an Arabian twist! The fountain display starts most evenings at 6pm lasting five minutes on the hour and half hour right through the night. For a perfect experience dining at one of the fountain view restaurants and you will be entertained all night long.

As a totally different experience we booked ourselves a Dune Buggy trip in the Dubai Desert. This was totally worth the money and such a fantastic experience! With a private return transfer, you are whisked off to the desert where you are met by your guide and driver, a short safety talk and off you go! The two-hour experience took us right across the desert to within 30 minutes from Oman, the dunes were incredible and as the sun set they changed and became even more beautiful! We were lucky enough to see wild antelope and camels roaming across the desert towards us. For those who love thrills and adventure this is a great trip that I highly recommend.

I still haven't finished with Dubai which for me is good as a short break destination or stop over it makes for a perfect choice! I can’t wait for my next trip!

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