There is no better way, in my opinion, to spend celebrating an occasion than with the ones you hold near and dear. The little adventurer I am, we decided to celebrate with a bonanza of activities – Part 1 was in Dubai, you’ll read about Part 2 soon but we had so much fun out there, that I got lots of people asking what I did and how we managed to do so much in such a short period of time. Well now you have it… my 72 hours in Dazzling Dubai!
(count the birthday wishes with me!😂)
03:00PM – Sun 18 NOV Journey starts towards London Stanstead
08:15PM – Sun 18 NOV Leave STN on EK0034. Night flight so we arrive first thing instead of midday!
07:10AM – Mon 19 NOV Arrival Dubai International T3. Stopped and searched… smooth transition.
Shower/unpack until 12:30.
01:00PM – XLINE Dubai Marina Mall till 02:00PM, £128pp (600AED) – bring valid ID, no skirts, dresses, flip flops, loose footwear. Strictly 50-100KG, taller than 130cm. Videography and Photography per person included.
Click here to watch our experience in HD! We dove in Superman harnesses from a 47-foot building over the Marina.
05:00PM – Explore Dubai Mall, Food @ Charley’s Philly Steak, Dubai Fountain, Aquarium, Burj Khalifa.
09:00PM Another friend arrived into town, explored Dubai Marina nightlife.
08:00AM to 10:00AM – Breakfast @ Carlton Downtown
11:00AM – Swimming, Jacuzzi, Sauna, Gym – the sun was near its peakest point, right above our heads.
02:30 PM – Hotel pickup, Evening Desert Safari, until 09:30PM, £75pp (AED 350) 4×4 wheel drive hotel pickup + drop off, Dune Bashing, camel ride, sunset photography, belly dancing, fire & tanura show, henna painting, Hubbllee Bubblee (shisha), buffet dinner & BBQ, sand skiing, 20 min quad biking – and ofcourse, we owned the night.
I wish I had the room to show you all the videos.. but the camp was some good fun. The best part, without a doubt.. is the birthday announcement BY NAME for a couple London kids to over 500 people. The cheering we got was unexplainable and unmatched…
10:00PM – Food run, Grocery shop, Squad Rooftop linkup @ Zephyr Lounge for some hubblee bubblee (😂)
Stayed up all night in time for….
DAY 3 – MY BIRTHDAY!
04:30AM – Hotel Lobby pickup. We set off real early for our Hot Air Balloon Ride over Dubai desert, with the world’s fastest animal- the Peregrine Falcon. Vintage 1950’s Land Rovers to a Luxury Bedouin Camp for gourmet breakfast incl Hand-cut smoked salmon, caviar and fresh fruit. Loose clothing, half day. £250pp, +£30 (AED 150) to get a video. Loved the experience, thoroughly.
We got a suprise from the ballooning team as soon as we arrived in the camp for breakfast! Thank you @ballooning.ae thoroughly.
Head to my instagram @_faysworld for some other cool shots from the basket.
11:00AM – Back to Carlton Downtown Hotel drop off (sleep/shower/eat)
1:00PM – Suprise Spa Treatment from the bestest of friends – Full Body Scrub and a Deep Tissue Massage @ Citrus Spa, 45th floor [isn’t she the best!?] 2 hours, fully centric spa facilities.
05:30PM – XCLUSIVE YATCHTS. 2-Hour Luxury Sunset Cruise with Barbecue £67pp– Cruise Dubai Marina & Atlantic Palm. Meet @ Pier 7, Valet Parking, Dubai. No swimming/alcohol. Bring printed tickets & ID. 😊
Alot of good laughs, good views and good dancing (you know who you are), and the memories will live on forever.
Ofcourse to top it all off, another suprise by my friends with the help of the yacht crew. For someone clued in and super control freak, i didn’t see this one coming at all. Best part of it I think. Thank you @xlinedubai and to the friends I’ll hold close for a while for this one… you really got me. Couldn’t be more grateful to have you all in my life. (cue the cheesy video..)
10:00PM – Yacht docks at the port and we leave for our hotel. 72 HOURS IN DUBAI OVER!!!
00:00AM – Fay + Sahra leave for Thailand. Read all about it in the next blog post!
Personally, I cant wait to reread this 5/10/15 years from now and see how much more life has changed. Live while you can, with the people around you. Next time we see Dubai, I promise it’ll be a whole different routine of craziiiiiiiiier activities! Ziplining 170 meters off the ground as soon as we landed? A whole hot air balloon 4,000 feat up in the air? Out every night and a whole day in the desert turning golden? I mean… there is no better way, their just isn’t.
Have you been to Dubai? Done anything I missed? What do you recommend? Let me know!