Dubai as a tourist

Last week I spent one of the most relaxed and happiest holiday with my mom and our family friend, Iuli. They came to visit me, to explore the modern Dubai, to eat arabic food, to enjoy some warm weather and not at least to explore Dubai Mall while shopping. :)) The city tour stated early in the morning with “At the Top, Burj Khalifa”. It is a very special feeling to be surrounded by clouds, to admire the handmade islands, the Palm and the World and to contemplate at the ocean from the top and when you look down, to see a Dubai  that looks like a Lego City from the 124th floor. After this unique experience we had a coffee outside Dubai Mall, with the sun shining on our faces. The rest of the day, you can easily imagine that we spend it shopping and in the evening we watched the fountain show by Burj Khalifa. As the second day I had to work, I left my 2 mothers at the Mall of Emirates, where they had a very good laugh at the Sky Dubai (let’s face it, is a big joke). The next day I organized a Desert Safari trip for them, one of the most authentic things you can do in Dubai. They got in love with the sunset in the desert, and i don’t blame them. Happy to finish wok and to have 4 days off to spend with them, Dubai Marina, was the next must do on my list. Tall buildings, cafes, shisha smell, restaurants, boats and the sea breeze made this day one to always remember. We had a yummy dinner at one of the arabic restaurants by the Marina walk, good chats and laughs. After exploring the modern Dubai, with all its tall buildings and immense malls, the next day we went back to the authentic Dubai, by walking along the Gold Souk, followed by the multitude of smells from the Spice Souk and taking the old boat crossing on the other side of the creek to check upon the Textils Souk. It is so great to get lost within all those colorful textils. Walking along the boats we stepped into the old district of Bastakiya. This old heritage area is one of the best places to visit in Dubai, with sophisticated traditional houses that have been turned into cafes and art galleries. In 2 words, simply beautiful. The last stop was Dubai Museum, where we were driven along the Dubai history and the traditional life of Emirates. We finished the day with a couple of bags full of shopping and big smiles on our faces. Last day we relaxed and enjoyed a last arabic dinner by Marina walk. The time with my mom and Iuli flew by too fast, but it was an extraordinary holiday where we laughed with all our hearts, shared joy and love for each other. I cannot wait for the next holiday!***

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