Weekend in Dubai

So I mentioned earlier on the blog that I’d be heading to Dubai for a three day getaway with one of my best friends. I recently got back and despite being a short trip it was quite fulfilling because we got a lot done. My friend and I had both been to Dubai before so this trip was mainly for relaxation rather than tourism, and we chose the perfect time of year to go. Dubai has beautiful weather in March unlike the summer months where there’s scorching heat. Anyone who’s planning a short trip to Dubai, this was our itinerary:

Day 1 – Friday

We arrived in Dubai at noon and headed straight to the hotel to check in. We stayed at First Central Suites in Tecom for 2 nights. The hotel is located in a quiet area not far from downtown and close to the metro. The staff was great and the room was spacious, the only downside is that we had to pay for WiFi and breakfast wasn’t included in the room price. Nonetheless after we checked in we had a quick bite at the hotel restaurant and immediately embarked on a desert safari which I’d booked online in advance (detailed review coming soon). The safari lasted 6 hours so by the time we got back to the hotel we were pretty knackered and slept right away.

Day 2 – Saturday

Woke up early and had breakfast at a café across the street from the hotel. We then took a taxi to Jumeirah Beach, a large stretch of sand with restaurants situated all along the boardwalk. Many hotels are located on the beach which charge visitors for access to their beach beds. We opted not to pay for a bed and instead went to the free zone of the beach located toward the end of the boardwalk. It was a hot and sunny day and we spent a good 3 hours tanning before we decided it was time for a dip in the crystal clear water. After drying off we chose a restaurant at random to have lunch. We sat on the second floor and were rewarded with a stunning view of the sea. After lunch we headed back to the hotel because I was scheduled to meet up with a university friend who had recently moved to Dubai for work. We sat  in the hotel lobby and caught up for an hour before it was time for me to get ready for the Drake concert. If you’ve never been to Dubai an alternative to a concert would be Dubai Mall(the largest mall in the world) for some shopping and dinner. Also catch a glimpse of the magnificent Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, which stands just outside of the mall. Don’t miss the Dubai Fountains right under Burj Khalifa which put on a spectacular musical show every 15 minutes.

Day 3 – Sunday

Woke up early to check out and left our luggage in the hotel lobby. We went to the same café as the previous day for breakfast and then headed to the Mall of the Emirates. This is the second largest mall in Dubai and is a 10-minute drive or less from the hotel. We split up and spent the day shopping, met up again for a late lunch and then went back to the hotel just in time to leave for the airport.

Have you ever been to Dubai? Did you like it?


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