Wow. Wow. Wow. Have you seen the Dubai Mall? The Burj Khalifa? The Jumeriah Beach? The Dubai Fountain? The Juimerah Palm? The Dubai Marina? The seemingly infinite amount of glass skyscrapers? The perfectly functioning 14 lane roads with no traffic jams in sight? Oh my this place was incredible. I saw, I experienced, I ate, I drank, I used the trams and did all that I could without overspending. There was a lot I couldn’t do due to the high prices. So I appreciated what I could do and focused on that. It wasn’t hard it was all so incredible and different to the sights of the last few months. Only I still overspent. But, yes, it was worth it!
We had booked our three nights in Dubai realising that we wouldn’t be able to participate in all of the amazing sights and experiences that this city had to offer. It was a playground for the rich and we do not fit into this category. But, of course, I had done my due diligence on Dubai and had found all of the cheap or free attractions that were on offer to us and so had developed a rough itinerary of things to see and do.
What we didn’t bank on was the absolute pull of the city. It lures you in. It entices you with its sparkling glass windows and its pristine interiors and its one of a kind attractions and makes you want more. At least that was how we felt upon arrival. We tortured ourselves by reading through Trip Advisor reviews of the amazing Atlantis water park which boasts a see through slide in which a shark pond is above you and high praises for Ski Dubai, the worlds best indoor snow park featuring four chair lifts and runs of varying difficulties as well as sled rides, toboggans and some more thrilling rides down the slopes in various apparatus. That was, until, we tried to eat and struggled to find meals to suit our budget even though it had expanded to what we thought had been a considerable enough amount since India.
It was hard to say no to what we thought would probably be once in a lifetime opportunities but after overspending by $200 on the first two days with no extravagant extra purchases we realised that we had decisions to make. What was important to us? We had a couple of great water parks at home, we had already also been to one in India and we could visit my Mum anytime in winter in NZ for a wonderful snow experience but we couldn’t view the unique buildings again, see the fountains or have a ride in an indoor theme park in the biggest mall in the world. We focused on our priorities and guess what… we had an amazing time on the last two days whilst keeping on budget.
Dubai is seriously amazing. It has sights, attractions and is completely different, think purely indulgent, than any other city I have been to. We had a wonderful time and experienced it all. During our travels I always consider where I would love to come back to, should I be lucky enough to save an ample amount of money to do this all again. So far only Koh Phangan, Thailand, was the only place to be added to my list.. But now Dubai had made the cut also. Ricky and I might have to both be gainfully employed in order to come back and enjoy some of the attractions that we passed up this time, but maybe in the future it might be a possibility.
xx Travelling Fresh