Day Twenty Four: Dubai, UAE

We spent the last day of our holiday exploring the 5 star Arabian Resort – Madinat Jumeirah. With a total of four hotels, 44 world-class restaurants, the luxury Talise Spa and 5.4 km of tranquil waterways that links them all together, Madinat Jumeirah is spread over 40 hectares of land. The resort is absolutely stunning and the next time I stopover at Dubai, I would love to stay here. We wandered around the Souk, in search for good souvenirs and ate a quick-lunch before we took a tour on their Abra boats along the waterway, which is also home to a small turtle sanctuary.

After spending weeks walking, we gave our feet some much needed love with a deluxe pedicure and massage at Heavenly Spa by Westin before we made our way to dinner at Mezlai and drinks at Buddha Bar. I couldn’t think of a better way to end our vacation.

My thoughts on Dubai: Although many people deem the city as artificial due to the abundance of man-made landscape and architecture, it is hard not to be amazed at how quickly Dubai has developed from a mere desert to one of the biggest growing city in the world; an excellent demonstration on how affluence can yield the desire to impress and be the world’s best. With Burj Khalifa as the tallest building in the world, Ski Dubai with the world’s first indoor ski field in the Middle East and Capital Gate as the world’s furthest leaning man-made tower, it is hard not to leave with a WHOA impression. I also have to applaud the people in the tourism industry in Dubai and Abu Dhabi; throughout the trip, we had first class and meticulous service with great attention to detail. The concierge at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi were helpful and informative, the wait staff at Mezlai, Zuma and Ottoman were friendly and attentive and the guides at Arabian Adventures and The Lost Chambers were funny and courteous.

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