I’ve not long returned from my very first trip to Dubai and I absolutely loved it! Of course, I was expecting to enjoy it and have a great holiday with Thomas, but I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did.

I kind of expected it to be somewhere that I would visit once and then wouldn’t really have an urge to return. How wrong was I!

The sheer excess

It’s something pretty special to be surrounded by such wonderful excess. Dubai really is a city of superlatives and it’s proud to have the biggest, tallest, fastest, shiniest and most impressive of everything.

BURJ KHALIFA DUBAI   It seems like everywhere you turn in Dubai there’s something else that prompts you to say WOW. That can be anything from the fact that some police cars there are Lamborghinis, or that it’s home to the largest fountains in the world, or that they’ve build not one but two replicas of the Chrysler building in New York, or any other multitude of things. It really is a destination that dazzles you. 

The amount of things to do

I have to admit that before visiting Dubai I sort of assumed there wouldn’t be that much to do beyond shopping in the more than 70 malls, visiting the Burj Khalifa, splashing around in the waterpark and chilling out on the beach.

I couldn’t have been more wrong.

There are so many things to do in Dubai that you could definitely pack a lot into a holiday there. Thomas and I are considering returning again next year and we want to visit Abu Dhabi (less than 2 hours away), take a Seaplane ride to enjoy Dubai from the air, go up the Burj Khalifa at night for a different view, revisit the Aquaventure Waterpark (because it was SO good!), take a desert safari and so much more.

The architecture

The architecture in Dubai is absolutely fascinating and some of it makes your mind boggle a little bit. Like the rumour we heard that they’re soon to build a skyscraper where each floor rotates though 360 degrees. DUBAI MARINA You can make your neck hurt by gazing up at all of the skyscrapers in the city, admire the traditional Arabian architecture in some parts and check out some seriously beautiful mosques throughout the city. 

The weather

This one might sound like a silly inclusion to anyone who doesn’t live in a place as wet and miserable as the west of Scotland.

As I write this the temperature here in Scotland is barely above freezing and there’s driving wind and rain battering against my window, so it was absolutely divine to experience some perfect weather in Dubai.

Our visit spanned the end of October and beginning of November and the weather couldn’t have been better. The temperature was in the low thirties every day and the high twenties at night. 

The hotels

I’ve been lucky enough to have stayed in some truly amazing hotels, both through this blog and on my own dime, but nothing really compares to hotels in Dubai. On the whole, they’re more impressive than hotels anywhere else in the world and the level of service that’s offered is nothing short of fantastic. DUBAI HOTELS, SOFITEL THE PALM DUBAI

Have you been to Dubai? Did you love it as much as I did?