Souks, crazy big malls, the world's tallest tower!

Trip Start Aug 14, 2013
Trip End Feb 01, 2014

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Winchester Grand Hotel Apartments Dubai
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of United Arab Emirates  ,
Saturday, January 11, 2014

After our 2.5 months in West Africa, we thought we would spoil ourselves and booked in for 3 nights at a 4* hotel in Dubai.  We booked a secret hotel through and were somewhat sceptical on the quality of the hotel we would get, we were nicely surprised and our studio room at the Winchester Grand Apartments turned out to be awesome and for the first time for 2.5 months we had a washing machine, which we were just a little bit too excited about!!

Not use to travelling solo again without the big blue truck, we managed to get stupidly lost when we got off the train (map, what map) heading straight into deep suburbia and wandering aimlessly for 45 minutes.  Thankfully a lovely local man came to our rescue and after waking his family to come and see the stupidly lost westerners, he delivered us to the door of our hotel - lesson learned: always have a map of your destination handy!

We spent 3 awesome days in Dubai, when not enjoying the comforts of our hotel, we spent maybe a bit too much time in Spinney's, an amazing supermarket with anything and everything your heart desired - all too expensive, but we loved window shopping.

We wandered the old town, caught abras (local ferry) across Dubai Creek to visit the gold and spice souks, finding local eateries where we had fun pointing at people's plates trying to order biriyani fish and accompanying vegetable curries.  

We visited the Dubai Mall, the world's largest mall, wandering for hours over the many different levels and themed areas.  Ant paid €80 (he almost cried) to go up Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building - impressive, but worth the exorbitant price, probably not!!

Over all too quickly, we packed our bags again for the last leg of our journey Malaysia and Indonesia.
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