Dubai & Abu Dhabi – Between desert & modernity….

Dubai is one of those cities that require a lot of energy. Everything is very distant and you really have to do a good planning if you want to see most of it. Of course it was impossible to see and enjoy in all the sights in only 5 days trip, especially when we wanted to see the amazing Abu Dhabi, as well and also the mysterious dessert. The first day of our visit to Dubai was dedicated to just exploring a little bit the city, so we ended up – guess where – in Dubai Mall, the biggest shopping mall in the world. I was saying to myself all the time that I didn’t come to shop in Dubai but to do the sightseeing. Anyway, the building which has thousands of shops, most of them luxury brands and also the famous Aquarium as one of the attraction – was certainly not possible to visit in just few hours. But, by the side of the Dubai Mall, there is also one of the most amazing attraction of the city, which is Burj Khalifa, the highest buidling in the world with the pools in front of it. But it was not enough for the first day, so we headed by little train to the Palm Island and we finally got to the beach where we could smell some fresh air. Anyway, the impressions from the first day were: DO NOT COME TO DUBAI WITHOUT WELL ORGANIZED TRANSFERS. The public transport is well organized with train and taxis, but everything is so distant it really takes AGES to come from one point of the city to another.

So, the next day was dedicated to the Jeep safari, so popular among the tourists who come to Dubai, especially among Americans, I would say. The trip was amazing, but the only thing that I didn’t understand before the trip is that it was going to be an 100% adventurous trip where you had to hold your breath, your head and all your belongings during the wild, wild drive through the desert. Yes, it was unforgettable, but would I do it again? I don’t think so. The dinner in the desert with fire dance show and belly dancers was really worth every euro, so the day 2 = mission accomplished.  The third day we went for another sightseeing tour in Dubai city. We had to see the beuatiful Burj Al Arab and take at least one selfie in front of it. Because, what would the holiday in Dubai be without ‘that’ picture? The beach from where we had a view to the Burj al Arab reminded very much of Barcelona beach. I don’t know what it was, perhaps just that feeling of the city sandy beach which is not among my favorite ones, definitely.

Abu Dhabi was one of the nicest surprises of the trip. I didn’t expect anything special, but everything I saw in Abu Dhabi (in just one afternoon) was astonishing. As you can see on the pictures the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of the most fascinating sights in the world and it certainly deserves all the applause. It is one of the largest mosque in the world which can accept more than 41.000 worshippers. There is also another spectacular sight in Abu Dhabi which we could not visit due to the lack of time, and it is the Royal Palace. We only saw the entrance of this magnificent building and it was really a shame we could not visit it. Perhaps, next time ;)

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