I thought a compilation of some of Dubai’s luxurious offerings would be a great way to end my travel series from the mega city of UAE. So let me share with you the photos that I took at Atlantis The Palm, Souk Madinat and Burj Al Arab.
Atlantis, The Palm is the first resort built at the apex of The Palm, Jumeirah. A lot of people have been raving about its myth of Atlantis-themed interiors but like Burj Al Arab, visitors can only enter the hotel if they have a reservation at one of its restaurants. Thankfully I was able to make a last minute reservation on my last day in the city. (Not to check out its interiors, but just to really dine there because I’ve read so many good reviews on its restaurants.) Originally I wanted to try Nobu, but since I couldn’t make it work with our schedule, we ended up dining at Yuan instead. Luckily, the executive chef of the hotel I was staying in (Conrad Hotel) used to be the chef at Yuan so he arranged everything for me and my mom. Food was impeccable, service was great, and I left Dubai with a satisfied tummy. It was the perfect last meal!
The next series of photos were taken at Souk Madinat. As you can see, it looks like a market because it was built to resemble a traditional souk. The only difference is it’s indoors and is located inside the 5-star resort, Madinat Jumeirah Hotel. Aside from interesting shops, it also boasts of bars and restaurants, most of which have outdoor areas that offer great views of Burj Al Arab and other skyscrapers. It even has its own waterway to transfer people from one place to another, which to me seems like a Middle-Eastern version of Venice. I recommend visiting this place at night. The dramatic lighting and romantic vibe make it one heck of an experience.
Last but not the least is the famous 7-star hotel Burj Al Arab. Since I didn’t stay in this hotel, the only way to get in is by making breakfast/lunch/dinner/high tea reservations in one of its restaurants. I Can Fly Travel & Tours helped me make mine at Al Iwan, which serves Arabian cuisine. I don’t know if the 7-star label made my expectations exceedingly high but for some reason, I don’t think it’s worth all the hype. I’m sure I’d feel differently if I actually stayed in the hotel but simply judging it by what I saw and the experience I had, I’d rather spend my time at Atlantis The Palm’s restaurants. (I must go back there.) However, if you really want to have the Burj Al Arab experience (it is the world’s only 7-star hotel after all), I suggest booking the restaurants located on the upper floors so that you can at least enjoy the most impeccable view of the city. But then again, I hear they only serve cocktails and high tea there, which in my opinion, may not give you as much value for money as restaurants that serve actual meals. Then again, to each his own.
There you have it–the end of my Dubai travel diaries. On to make new ones! I can’t wait to fly to Japan on Monday. Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe, here I come!