Category Archives: United Arab Emirates

Ski/Eat/Shop Dubai

Dubai, UAE

This city truly caters to the expat’s every need. Their malls have every store you may be familiar with (and are awesome air-conditioned oases within the desert that is the city). My Kindle broke around this time and I was able to buy a new one before heading off to Nepal. You can also find any kind of food and, if for whatever reason your heart desired it, an Applebee’s and a TGI Friday’s (among other restaurant chains). H and I went directly for Burger Fuel and Shake Shack.

This is the view from the top of Burj Khalifa. Pretty spectacular (although their elevator ride was boring compared to Top of the Rock’s in NYC).

We caught the fountain show which I believe plays at 1pm and 1:30pm, then every half hour between 6pm – 10pm on weekdays and through 11pm on weekends.

Burj Khalifa, the tallest structure in the world…for now.

Travel tip: There is a metro into the city from Dubai International Airport (DXB) but, we opted to take a cab instead for 100 AED (around $30). Uber also works well in the city. Our flight out was through Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) which I believe wasn’t accessible by metro. We arranged a cab through our hotel to get there and it may have been a little more expensive.

Also, if you’re traveling with binoculars, make sure to leave them in your checked luggage when you’re at the airport. I was held by security until someone came to examine them to verify that they were truly normal binoculars.

And, because we love snowboarding, we had to try Ski Dubai, the indoor ski “resort” inside the Mall of the Emirates. The cheapest package was a 2 hr pass which we thought was a good amount of time but, after about 40 min, the novelty of it wore off. But hey, it gave me time to master the Poma lift which I fell off from several times. (Photo credit: H)

Not pictured: We also visited the Miracle Garden which we thought would be a nice garden full of flowers. And, it was, except all the flowers were manipulated into heart-shaped archways, creating a really kitschy atmosphere. Google image it if you’re curious. It was almost scary.