After Shanghai our next holiday location was Dubai. After a 9 hour flight from China to the United Arab Emirates we got from foggy weird weather to absolute sunshine and heat.
Our travel to Dubai was really relaxing as we departed from Shanghai (see the post HERE) at midnight with Emirates' A380. We had way more space than in smaller planes, the bathrooms were nicer, the TV was bigger and it felt more like traveling in a hotel than on a plane. So if you ever have the opportunity to fly on an A380 do it, I promise you won't regret it. When the plane takes off you don't really feel a difference between driving on the ground and flying - it was just great!
We stayed at the Fairmont - The Palm hotel on the palm of Dubai, because of that we had an amazing view of the Dubai Marina with all its skyscrapers.
And of course, when in Dubai we had to go to the desert. We did this tour with Platinum Heritage and one of their great guides. The tour started with an exciting tour through the desert with a vintage Jeep.
We stopped the ride for a falcon show and enjoyed cold drinks during a beautiful sunset.
Our final stop was this beautiful camp where we enjoyed an amazing dinner, a shisha, arabian coffee and the opportunity for Henna tattoos which I, of course, had to try.
Another one of Dubai's highlights is Dubai Mall. A shopping paradise with 1.200 shops, an ice rink, aquarium and the biggest gold souk in the world. We went there twice and it feels like we walked for miles and didn't even see half of it. Like everything in Dubai, it is massive, very golden and luxurious. From the Dubai Mall you enter the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. In front of the mall there is a water fountain which is quite similar to the fountain in front of the Cesar's Palace in Las Vegas.
We also went to another mall (malls are very popular in the UAE), the Mall of the Emirates where you can ski inside the mall. It is absolutely unbelievable to sweat like crazy outside and then go inside to go skiing in the snow but surprisingly we saw a lot of people who actually skied. For me as an Austrian, this was just crazy, funny and really unbelievable.
Dubai was just an amazing experience. Although we went in July and it was quite hot I can definitely recommend a trip to Dubai but next time I would prefer a month that is not July or August (in case you're planning a trip). You feel that this city is still not even close to completion. There are cranes everywhere and a lot of construction going on. Our desert safari tour guide told us that because of the EXPO 2020 which will take place in Dubai there is a lot going on: They are building a Dubai Land (following the Disney Land model) and they want to build the biggest mall of the world.