Category: Dubai Stop-over

Dubai Desert Drive & Dinner

We crammed a lot into our second day in Dubai visiting the Dubai Mall & Aquarium in the morning and then, in the afternoon, a 6 hour desert 4×4 drive followed by drinks & dinner in the desert with entertainment thrown in.

4×4 Sunset Safari

This tour was organised with a company called Arabian Adventures and selected the Premium Package (AU$823 per couple) which put us in a Jeep Wrangler with another couple and was an all inclusive (drinks etc) deal. We chose this one over the Standard Package (AU$656 per couple) as it offered a heap more and we would not have to sit in the “way back” seats in a Land Cruiser (no good for bad knees).

The desert drive

The 1st stage of our trip was in a Jeep Wrangler driven by Ravi along with our other passengers Martin & Joanne (from Ringwood East – about 5km from our home – wow). The 1st thing to be done is to deflate the vehicle’s tyres to 10¬†PSI before we hit the sand dunes. It was pretty good and with about 20 Landcruisers in convoy we headed out into the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. Several of the Landcruisers got bogged but Ravi just powered past in our Jeep (LOL – as I own a Landcruiser at home).

Here’s a video of part of our drive…

Camel Ride

Part of the experience was to take a short trip on a camel. So we thought “why not” and saddled up for a bit of fun.

Belly Dancer

While we began our dinner in the desert with something can only be called a gastronomic experience (sooo much delicious food) as a lovely young lady performed a belly dance for us. She also got Merrisa up for a bit of a dance and was so impressed she asked Merrisa if she was a dancer.

Fire Dancer

Our next piece of entertainment was this guy who flung, swung and twisted fiery ropes and sticks with can only be described as stunning and dangerous. He was so good at the art of fire twirling.

Cape Twirler

We could not believe it when another entertainer arrives with this cape full of LED lights and he begins to twirl it above his head. Wow! It was amazing and it was only when he invited us up to have a try at twirling it that you realise how heavy it is. This guy must be sooo strong!

Here’s a video of part of the cape twirler’s act…

The night concluded with a thank-you from us to the team, a drive back to the depot where Ravi re-inflated the Jeep’s tyres.

Dubai Mall & Aquarium

We crammed a lot into our second day in Dubai visiting the Dubai Mall & Aquarium in the morning and then, in the afternoon, a 6 hour desert 4×4 drive.

A deal was struck; I would visit the aquarium while Merrisa would do some shopping. It was a bit like the bloke going to Bunnings while the woman shopped.

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

The Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo is a hell of a lot bigger than you’d expect. The 10-million litre Dubai Aquarium tank, located on the Ground Level of The Dubai Mall, is one of the largest suspended aquariums in the world. Just viewing it from the outside whilst walking trough the Dubai Mall is quite impressive but you must buy a ticket and go-inside.

There are so many ticketing options available. I purchased the “Dubai Aquarium & Aqua Nursery” ticket for AED155 (AU$62) which gave me access to the Aquarium Tunnel, Underwater Zoo, behind the Scenes tour & Underwater Observatory. It took about 1 hour and was totally awesome.

Here’s a couple of short videos taken in the aquarium…

As you enter the Aquarium experience they take a couple of photos with a “green screen” backdrop and then as you leave you can pruchase them. These are mine…

Dubai Mall and Fountains

The actual Dubai Mall contains over 1,200 shops and food outlets. I caught up with Merrisa after my aquarium experience and we had some lunch then took a stroll out to view the Burj Lake and you definitely cannot avoid the 163 floor, 828m towering Burj Khalifa building which just fills the view above the lake. It is hard to believe but a new tower is planned to be built in Dubai which will be 100m taller than the Burj Khalifa and a model is displayed it the mall – very impressive.

We were lucky enough to experience the fountain display which was absolutely enthralling. The water spouts cascade and wave through the air in synergy to classical music. Here’s a short video of our experience…

1st day in Dubai

Leaving the MS Koningsdam in Rome we left the rest of our F.A.B. team (Andrew, Janis, Clint & Leanne) and flew off to Dubai for a 3 night stop-over before heading home to Melbourne (Australia). Staying at the Grand Hyatt Hotel.

The Splash boat tour

Our 1st day in Dubai started by us sleeping in and nearly missing breakfast (at 11:am)! Finally getting our act together we looked for something to do as the following day we were booked into the “desert safari drive” so onto TripAdvisor for things to do in Dubai and we found what looked to be a nice boat trip around the waterways checking out various sites of interest.

The thing we did not realise the tour was on the “Splash boat” which meant we were about to get wet, which we did, not only from the waves but also from a rare thing in Dubai called rain! We were drowned but had an absolute ball – thoroughly recommend the 90 minute trip as it’s a hoot.

Jumeirah Beach Hotel

After we had dried off on the way back to the harbour we called in to see our niece Kate’s in-laws, Trevor & Robyn, who were staying at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Wow, what a fantastic hotel! I know where we will stay next time we are in Dubai (and they picked up a special web deal too). It totally smashed our lovely Grand Hyatt Hotel, being right on the beach and massive grounds and facilities. We even had a tour of the place in a chauffeur driven golf cart – a truly beautiful location, with the 7 star Burj Al Arab Jumeirah Hotel next door.