Dubai: Malls & More

21:17 Alyson Tart 2 Comments

I am in love with Dubai. However, my love affair has one small caveat. The weather.

It was beautiful when I visited last week, especially coming from dreary London. Just try not to imagine the 50+ C degree temperatures in the summer.

Luckily though, there is plenty to do inside in Dubai to keep you entertained both in very hot and still hot, but not quite as hot weather.

In my two trips there, I have gotten to check out some amazing things. Some of which are so over the top, they can't be found anywhere else outside of Dubai. 

Where to start? The malls. Enough can't be said about these. A lot of super high-end shops in some of the largest malls I have seen. Oh, and lots of American restaurants to make you feel right at home. PF Changs, Rainforest Cafe, Cheesecake Factory, Texas Road House, Shake Shack.... if I hadn't been doing this whole wellness challenge, my body would have been in for a beating (but a tasty beating). 

And as if shopping weren't enough, let's throw in something else that's completely over the top.

An aquarium in the mall?

Dubai Mall Aquairum

A ski slope in the mall?

Dubai Skiing
2 lifts and ten minutes (max) to ski down. But, who can say they
have been skiing in the desert

The world's tallest building?

Dancing fountains in the desert?



They dance to everything from Middle Eastern music
to Mariah Carey
All of the above and more. Like I said, Dubai malls rock. And therefore, we spent an inordinate amount of time in the mall.

And if you just can't quite make yourself spend your entire trip in the mall, perhaps you'll fancy heading out to the Palm Jumeriah for a visit to the Atlantis.

I recognised it as soon as we drove up. It is over the top in so many wonderful ways, from the crazy beautiful blown glass sculpture to what it's most famous for.




Yes, another aquarium. And if looking just isn't enough, try looking at the fishes while enjoying dinner at the Ossiano Restaurant. A bit pricey, but it's certainly a novelty and the food isn't half bad.



 Oh Dubai. Until we meet again - so much more to see and eat!

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