Our last day in Dubai!
We were lucky today because as we were walking out of the hotel, the Hotel Shuttle was about to leave for Kite Beach. We hadn’t planned on going there but what a great opportunity!
Our driver is a lovely, friendly man but he drives like a maniac!! Or maybe everyone drives like a maniac here.
We didn’t know what to expect from Kite Beach except I remember seeing lots and lots of kites in the YouTube videos I’d watched before we came to Dubai.
First thought was, “where are the kites?” I expected to see at least some! If you’re lucky, you can see ONE kite in the pic bottom right. I realised as I got closed, that it was just fixed, marking this place as Kite Beach
There were plenty of places to get drinks and snacks in the main area.
And there is also a really nice board walk! There were distance markers every 100 metres.
We saw the Burj Al Arab in the distance and decided to follow the boardwalk towards it.
It didn’t look that far but the further we went along the boardwalk, the further the Burj Al Arab seemed to get as well.
The Burj Al Arab is a seven star hotel built to look like a sailing boat.
We saw some interesting signs along the boardwalk
Not sure if you can read the writing. There were plenty of scantily clad men and women on this beach. I hear that it’s supposed to be OK in the tourist areas but we’ve seen lots of skin exposure even in the malls. I didn’t ever see anyone getting picked up on how they were dressed.
We stopped at an area just before the boardwalk ended, to get a cool drink. That hotel was not getting any closer!
That smoothie on the top right corner was super delicious and the man who made it was just so lovely. It was just cute old fashioned service. Everyone here calls me ma’am. Every one is either sir or ma’am.
This smoothie was so thick and refreshing. It was only 19 Dirham (about $7 AUD)
We kept walking toward the Burj Al Arab but when the boardwalk ended and it still seemed kilometres away, we decided to turn back.
Because we still had an hour or so to kill, I got a smoothie at another place.
This place was cute to look at but that smoothie was the biggest disappointment.
I can’t believe I’m on holiday in Dubai and talking about the quality of smoothies.
Seriously though, it was just like drinking a fruit juice.
What a let down.
Said goodbye to Kite Beach. It would be a really good place for families to go to and if you like to walk or run, that boardwalk is great. Can’t imagine what it would be like when the temps go over 40 degrees though.
We hopped back on the Shuttle bus and as his next stop was the Dubai Mall, we thought we’d stay on it as we wanted to see the fountain dance. We missed out the last few times we were at the mall.
But first lunch, and after
walking around for freak’n ages, careful consideration, went to The Cheesecake Factory.
I really made a mess of that first pic. Hubby ordered nachos (left) and I ordered a vegetarian pasta.
OMG we were both in heaven!! The food was soooooo good. It’s a bit strange to not have alcohol on the menu though.
After lunch we went outside towards the fountain and kept walking around the outside of the Mall. There’s lots to see around there.
Hubby was absolutely enthralled with Burj Khalifa (who wouldn’t be),
The Burj Khalifa is a skyscraper in Dubai. It has a total height of 829.8 m and a roof height (excluding antenna) of 828 m. The Burj Khalifa has been the tallest structure and building in the world since its topping out in 2009 (Thanks Wikipedia)
We walked all around the outside of the Mall, then entered through the “rich” area. The area where all the high end brands are AND where this lovely orchid is that doesn’t remind anyone of anything at all.
Finally it was time for the fountain show!! We went outside with hundreds of others and then it started!!! I grabbed my phone to start recording. Hubby grabbed it from me as he’d get a better view with his height. I was so excited to have this wonderful experience on video. The water moves with the music as if doing a synchronised dance. It only went for a few minutes and I was sad when it was over.
I was sadder still when I realised that for some reason, my phone stopped recording about 10 seconds in. That was even before the show started. So I recorded nothing (Cry)
All I have is that photo above which was taken by accident before the show started.
It was almost time for our Shuttle bus to take us back so we went to sit outside and took a few pics against the Burj Khalifa and the crescent moon.
So now I’m sitting in our hotel room. We’re waiting for our driver to come and take us to the airport.
I’m sad to be leaving but looking forward to being back on familiar ground.
Dubai you’ve been great and I’m certain we’ll be back.
Thanks for reading!