Dubai in winter … what a brilliant idea to go when you have, like me, a week of vacation, that we seek the sun, the heat and that we do not want to rent a car to explore.
Out of a total of 9 days, I divided my time into 2. Half of my stay was reserved for visits and the other half, dedicated to relaxing and sunbathing on the beach. The perfect balance for a successful holiday in my opinion 🙂
My hostel was superbly placed in Dubai Marina, on the 66th floor of Dubai’s 3rd tallest tower, with a breathtaking view of The Palm Island, facing the beach and at the foot of one of the tram stations.
The first day, I preferred to rest at the Barasti Beach Club (free beach and in front of the hostel). The 2nd day, I jumped on the occasion when one of the girls of the front desk offered to walk with me to the north of the city, in the Dubai Old Town area, where the gold market and the spice market are located. The decor is a joyful cross between the streets of Marrakech and the buildings that are found in India. I was able to find exactly what I was looking for, a very thin and very short gold chain, with a super-thin clasp in which I could pass a semi-precious pierced stone that I had bought during my trip to Thailand. It is also the perfect place to buy all types of nuts and spices. Before returning to the hostel, we made a stop by Burj Khalifa which happens to be the tallest tower in the world with a height of 828m (for info, the Eiffel Tower is 324m). I did not climb to see the view from above but to see from below, at the fountains, it is already very impressive 🙂
On the 3rd day, I left for the day to visit Abu Dhabi but I am preparing a post about it to tell you more about it.
For my 4th day, I wanted to continue exploring Dubai and started my day by visiting Dubai Miracle Garden. At the gates of the desert is a totally breathtaking garden with over 45 million flowers. It’s totally crazy and beautiful! I had never seen such a beautiful flowery park. In fact, this park is a bit like the Disneyland of the flower;) Then direction Madina Jumeirah, this is the quiet place, perfect for lunch on the terrace at the water’s edge, in an idyllic setting (the place looks like Venice, in an oriental version) with a nice view of Burj Al Arab. I had lunch at the Trattoria Toscana where I ate very well and it is a good address that I highly recommend if you go there. I spent the rest of the afternoon strolling along the Jumeirah Public Beach (north of Burj Al Arab) and Al Sufouh Beach (south of Burj Al Arab) where I picked up a lot of pretty small shells in orange tones.
The remaining days, I enjoyed the beach thoroughly! Public beach one day, private beach the other day. And I loved the 2! For the public beach, I went to JBR Dubai Beach where there were more tourists than locals, so I was not too much trouble 🙂 For the private beach, I went to the Drift Beach Club which is part of the One & Only resort. An exceptional setting for a privileged moment.
In another theme, I enjoyed skiing in the Mall of Emirates;) It was really fun to experience it 😉
Photos : by myself.
Robe rose / Pink dress : Primark – Sac violet / Purple bag : Isabel Marant – Robe rouge Chinoise / Chinese Red dress : Asos – Sandales multicolores / Multico sandals : Christian Louboutin – Haut de maillot rouge / Red swimsuit top : Etam – Robe à rayure / Stripes dress : Asos – Boucles d’oreilles / Earrings : Annelise Michelson – Foulard (dans les cheveux) / Scarf (in the hair) : Dior – Maillot de bain / Swimsuit : Nina Ricci – Lunette de soleil / Sunglasses : Chanel