On our second to last day we went on one of those double decker bus tours (who knew they had those in Dubai?), so we were able to sightsee and jump on and off the bus wherever we wanted to. We stopped at several souks, but while it was cool to walk through, the experience was a bit overwhelming. All of the merchants try to strike deals and show off their products, but in a sort of harassing way. The bus rode along the canal, so there were nice views of the water and a different, and older, side of Dubai.
That evening we went to the beach club for a swim, it was a very lovely place to hang out in the hot weather. For dinner we ate at a asian restaurant at the Ibn Battuta Mall, which was actually a really cool mall. Each section of the mall is designed after a place Ibn Battuta explored. The ceilings could have been in a museum or a mosque they were so large and detailed–but no, they were just in a mall. Oh, Dubai…
On our last day in Dubai we decided to keep it as simple as possible, and just hang out on the beach. Lazy, but it was quite wonderful. The beach club was right next to the Burj Al Arab, definitely my favorite building in Dubai–so the sights were lovely.
After swimming in the clear water we decided to go to Wild Wadi, a huge waterpark which was right next to the beach. I don’t have proper pictures for this because everything was stored into a locker when we arrived, but trust me it was so much fun. There was a giant pool to swim in, but the rides are definitely what you have to do. The craziest was the Jumeirah Sceirah which was a 120 meter slide in which you can reach speeds of 80 km/h in just a few seconds. It was kind of intense, but there was a calmer ride which was basically like a water rollercoaster where all you had to do was sit in a tube and be pushed along by water jets. We went on each ride at least once, going on a couple multiple times. The park was definitely a lot of fun, with lots of laughs and thrills, and a perfect end to our trip.
That night we ate a fantastic meal prepared by my friend’s mom and played with this little guy.
Overall Dubai was a fabulous place to visit–we were able to relax and enjoy reading week, but we also saw tons of sights, ate delicious food, and hung out with good friends. I would suggest visiting Dubai if you want a unique resort trip alternative to the Caribbean, but it was definitely the best traveling with someone who lives there. I’m glad I took the time to write down some of the memories, but back to London it is! I will definitely miss Dubai.