Burj Al Arab is the world’s first 7-star hotel and the third tallest hotel in the world. It stands on a reclaimed land and in the beachfront area known as Jumeirah Beach.
DUBAI DESERT SAFARI
We purchased our Dubai Desert Safari in a promotion at headout.com. It included dune-bashing in 4×4 SUV, brief camel ride, free drinks, buffet dinner, fire dance and freak show cultural show. All from 4pm-10pm.
Warning! Upon arrival in the desert safari camp, a guy would put a turban or ‘shemagh scarf’ on your head “as a sign of welcome” but apparently it’s not for free! It costs 110 in pesos. SCAM! Haha. So better decline right away if you’re not interested just like what our Indians SUV-mates did. Hats off to them, they’ve done their research well!
First camel ride!
After basking from the desert, we spent the rest of the night in a desert safari camp, as shown below. Note that there are different camps in the area but the tour usually leaves you without choice as to which camp will you spend the rest of the ‘night.’
Sun’s still up when I took the photo above, past 7pm!
With the hopes of seeing Dubai from the highest point of the city, we went to Burj Khalifa.
It turned out, however, that we needed to have a pre-booked entrance ticket going up! Unless we were good to pay much much much more expensive entrance fee. So, never mind. We just roamed around Dubai Mall with Jayvee’s friends: Roselle, Aika, and Glenn. 🙂
And look! It’s a dinosaur! It was discovered in 2008 in Wyoming, USA in a sleeping position. How cute? Would you believe that almost 90% of its fossil bones remain to be original? Dubai Mall’s website says, “No comparable exhibit, with nearly all bones completing the skeleton, exists elsewhere. Yes, the dinosaur before you is as real as it gets and complete.” Awesome, isn’t it?
The mall also provides a portion for souks or Arab traditional markets.
The mall itself has its own aquarium! And it’s not just your ordinary aquarium as it has the largest collection of Sand Tiger sharksin the world!!!
After exploring Dubai Mall, my new friends (hihi) a.k.a. Jayvee’s friends toured us to The Dubai Frame. Getting inside is NOT for free! It costs 50 AED or around 700php.
We then went home (to kuya Bok’s flat) and had dinner with him and his very hospitable Dubai Family / housemates. They cooked Filipino food for us! Then kuya accompanied us to the airport. We were really pampered: hatid-sundo, free food! free accommodation! Our hearts were filled! The best! HAHA!
What we realized from the entire trip is that the hospitality and warmth of the people top off whatever tourist attraction a destination can offer.
So when we’re asked what our favorite country is, among the four we visited, Jayvee and I would say Georgia. Although Turkey has so much more to offer, Georgians’s love and warmth to anyone is something else.
Not Dubai because of our awful experience in Dubai Desert Safari. Its crew is dominated by Indians who treated us horribly. Like every move they make is glaringly attached with agenda of making money! And when we refuse to avail whatever they sell, they’d make either negative or sarcastic remarks! Major turn-off!
DAY 0 : GEORGIA – DUBAI
• Flight from Tbilisi Airport to Dubai International Airport
• Money exchange at the airport (almost the same in the city centre)