Dubai


I told myself I have to write about this trip before my mind gets boggled by our next trip which is in two short days and I have barely begun to pack…

Dubai seems like one of those places that you wouldn’t necessarily think of visiting unless you live in Kuwait or the surrounding areas and need a break (and a stiff drink)! Dubai is located in the U.A.E (United Arab Emirates) where lamborginis serve as police cars, shopping is heaven, and the largest mall and the tallest building in the world resides. Dubai became an oil rich country in the 60’s and since then has completely flourished. Have you ever heard of a 7 star hotel? Burj Al Arab, and don’t bother looking at rooms unless you have thousands of $$ to spend per night. (pictured on blog title) One of the biggest cities Ive seen, and I have seen a lot. Coming back to Kuwait was really hard after seeing how nice the Middle East can be. It was so clean! Kuwait is littered with trash and there hardly any green grass. Hey Kuwait, step up your game! It was a great escape with wonderful friends…

So this begins our trip…

boys watching their movies
boys watching their movies

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we DONT travel light
we DONT travel light

We stayed at the Sofitel downtown, which is very beautiful and super modern. So modern that we never fully figured out how to the turn the lights on and off. We did find out the man with the pitchfork was the room service. I still don’t get it…
Our room had floor to ceiling glass which is quite scary when sleeping on the 18th floor, but the view of the Burj Khalifa was worth it. Every morning watching the sun come up was perfect! The next morning we had a expensive (but worth it) breakfast. Oh how I LOVE breakfast buffets.

lobby of Sofitel
lobby of Sofitel
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view of the Burj Khalifa from our room

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what? I mean... i don't get what the pitchfork is for.
what? I mean… i don’t get what the pitchfork is for.
Cheers!
Cheers!

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morning sunshine!

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breakfast!
breakfast!

One of the places we visited was called global village. We are blaming Khalid for this one:) In theory, It was supposed to be a place that incorporated all the cultural aspects from different countries around the world.. In reality it was a place that sold chinese flea market crap. We wandered into the “fair” which featured rides that are really just pretty death traps that light up. (who could trust a carnival ride?) It felt and looked like something out of the Jersey shore. We stayed for just enough time for pictures and laughter and then headed to dinner on the Boulevard which was a street lined with christmas lights on palm trees and all kinds of restaurants.

i swear that was my beer not his..
i swear that was my beer not his..
Americas...
Americas…

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just some pasta and a margarita for the 7 year old.
just some pasta and a margarita for the 7 year old.

We visited the Dubai Mall so we could take the little kids, mostly Cruze to see the “Largest Aquarium” in the world.. So by largest aquarium they meant largest and tallest fish tank. (Atlanta Aquarium is still by far the most massive and best aquarium ever.) Cruze thoroughly enjoyed running around looking at the fish. He even touched a starfish! They had the biggest crocodile I have every seen.  The mall was so big, Im pretty sure I only saw 1/4 of it. They had a wing dedicated to JUST shoes. The boys seemingly walked quite fast by the shoe avenue claiming they were hungry…(hmmm) I’d go back on a girls trip just to conquer that mall!

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One of the best things we did was go to Jumeriah Beach. ( Khalid redeemed himself after the global village, yes!) It was a beautiful place lined with gorgeous restaurants and cabanas. Oh and of course Camels, because no beach is complete without camels, right? We had some greek food, got to pet camels and got popsicles to cool down. We vowed to come back the next day in our bikinis. Kayla and I thought it best to sit near some large people to make ourselves feel better in our bathing suits. Hey, we just had babies, its tough getting your body back into some symbolance of normal.

i hate this mom.
i hate this mom.

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Are camels on the beach NOT normal?
Are camels on the beach NOT normal?
my first Octopus.
my first Octopus.

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A boy wandering the streets of Dubai
A boy wandering the streets of Dubai

We decided to go to the Atlantis Resort and enjoy the water park instead of Jumeirah, we needed a new experience. The weather cooperated after a little pleading with God of course, and it turned out to be the most fantastic day. To make us more comfortable with three kids, my awesome husband bought a private cabana for the day so we had a better spot. Complete wit a cabana boy, fruit bowl, and unlimited bottled water. THAT alone was worth it right? Atlantis is by far one of the most awesome resorts Ive ever seen. I mean it has a water park! The next time we go to Dubai we are for sure going to swim with the dolphins and stay at Atlantis. We were a little bummed to find out your couldn’t drink but we should be used to being told that. (In Dubai, drinking is allowed but only had hotels.) We also took Cruze to the Atlantis aquarium which was much smaller but very well decorated.
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sunset, leaving Atlantis.
sunset, leaving Atlantis.

Our next item on the list was to visit the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. We decided to have a drink at the hotel before taking the long walk across the street. Across the street doesn’t seem far but the walkway is in doors and is structured across the roadways and lead directly into the mall and the mall gives access to the Burj. So we were running late since you have to make an appointment to even get in. We all ran what seemed like at least 3 miles and perhaps a little intoxicated to make it on time. We had sobered from our run and got to experience a breath taking view of Dubai.

view from the Burj Khalifa
view from the Burj Khalifa
hurry, drink up we gotta go to the Burj!
hurry, drink up we gotta go to the Burj!

IMG_1183  We also did a few other things like dinner at an African restaurant, visited the indoor ski slope, and a little shopping at the Emirates Mall. We got to catch the awesome Dubai fountain show on our last night as well. We kept the little ones out till 1am. One day that will be cool to them but Cruzes cry face says it all…

We had an amazing time with some really great friends. Dubai has so much to offer and we only scratched the surface. I think a kid free vacation there would be awesome. Any babysitters? I can’t wait to go back again!

Disclaimer: I’d like to apologize for the random placement of photos. I blog but I never said I was good at it. I figured people would rather look at pictures than just read. I promise to do better next time…

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indoor ski slopes
the Dubai Fountain show
the Dubai Fountain show
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