We recently packed our bags and flew to Dubai with the Dubai Tourism Board (DTCM) we had 6 glorious days to explore this amazing destination.
Dubai is an extremely cosmopolitan and diverse city, with so much to do and see there is never a dull moment. December is a great time to visit as the weather is perfect, not too hot and not too cold.
Our first day we took fairly easy as we had a late flight with Emirates the night before. We stayed at the Four Seasons at Jumeirah Beach, a luxurious resort not too far from downtown Dubai with it’s own private beach, beautiful pools in lush green gardens and a very comfortable room with a view over the city’s skyline and the Burj Khalifa.
We had a number of activities lined up thanks to the Dubai tourism board and the first one was Miracle Garden. Covering an area of 72,000sqm full of millions of blooming, colorful flowers it’s the World's Largest Natural Flower Garden.
After our morning at Miracle Garden we headed to Souk Madinet Jumeirah. Inspired by an ancient Arab citadel, it is a stunning area with shops, restaurants and cafes. You can pay to sail around the waterways on an abra (a traditional boat made of wood) which we did. It’s also a great place to get some shots of the Burj Al Arab.
The next morning we were up bright an early to goto Dubai Golf club. We weren’t there to play golf though, we were going on a seaplane with Seawings! After a quick safety briefing, we were taken by buggy to the plane. We had a 25 minute flight and It was great to see Dubai from a different perspective as we flew passed downtown, the World islands, Burj Al Arab to the Palm and back.
That afternoon we were booked in to go up the World’s Tallest Building - the Burj Khalifa. It towers over the Dubai skyline and on a clear day, the tip can be seen up to 95 kilometers away! There are 3 different observation areas in the Burj Khalifa - 124, 125 and at the top 148 which is where we went to. Our ticket was booked for 4pm so we got to watch the sun set when we were up there.
The next day it was time to explore the most luxurious hotel in the world - The Burj Al Arab. We had reservations at their Scape restaurant. After a delicious lunch on the terrace we headed up in the very fancy elevators to Talise Spa where we had spa reservations. The spa has 2 pools, one for ladies and one mixed. The views are stunning and the interior is absolutely gorgeous, making it a perfect place to relax and unwind.
We spent the following morning hanging out at Shangri-La's iKandy Lounge. It’s such a chilled out little oasis in the middle of the downtown area. After a relaxing time by the pool, we were picked up to go on a desert safari with Platinum Heritage. We were taken to the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve which is about an hour outside of Dubai city. We swapped cars and drove around the desert in a 1950’s open air Land Rover which was a great experience. We had some free time to shoot in the desert before heading to watch a falcon display and then going to camp for a delicious dinner.
The next day was our last so we had a chilled day planned after a hectic week exploring and shooting content. After a lazy breakfast we relaxed by the pool at the Four Seasons Hotel. Later that afternoon we went to Dubai Mall (which is home to more than 1200 shops!) ate a delicious dinner and watched the spectacular fountain show which happens every 30 minutes until 11pm.
Thank you Visit Dubai for an amazing week, we already can’t wait to come back.