Scrolling through my Instagram feed this weekend, skimming past Christmas trees, mince pies and bags of Christmas shopping, I felt a pang of jealousy when I spotted more than one of the celebs I follow (stalk) sunning themselves in Dubai. Currently a balmy 29 degrees over there while York dithers around the 5 degree mark, the pics had me pining to go back to the hotspot of the UAE.
I visited Dubai earlier in the year with my Mum, who since turning 50 last year has made a vow to check off all the places on her bucket list. We headed over in April and stayed in the Al Barshaa region, not far from the Mall of the Emirates. Even though we were only there for 4 days, we had an amazing time and would love to head back there on a winter break in the future. Who doesn’t love escaping the cold British weather?
If you’re planning on jet-setting over to this sun trap any time soon for some serious shopping and sunning, here are my top tips for making the most of a short break in Dubai…
Travel by Metro
My top tip for travelling around Dubai is to use the Metro system. There are just two lines to navigate so it’s really easy to get your head round, and the Red Line takes you all the way from the Airport to the Marina and beyond. It stops by the biggest malls in the city and the trains are really frequent. Plus, with a day ticket coming in at around AED 14 (about £2.50) it’s really good value.
Book ahead for the Burj Khalifa, and don’t miss your slot!
Top of the to-do list for our mini break in Dubai was to brave the dizzying heights of the Burj Khalifa tower. We booked in advance to avoid queuing on the day so had a designated time slot to visit the viewing terrace on the 124th floor. Little did we know that the entrance to the tower is tucked away within the expansive mall, so we had to make a mad dash from the Metro stop! The views from the top were absolutely stunning and well worth getting out of breath for.