Today’s post is the first post in our Dad Series!!
Recently my dad came back from a 4 day trip to Dubai in the U.A.E. where he got to go for a conference to the Atlantis Hotel. Yes this really cool, palace looking one.
If you want to know more about what this Dad Series is then head over to our Intro post to find out more!
Here is my Dad’s take on the astonishing city that is Dubai:
So you took a Hop-on Hop-off tour when you arrived. What was the most interesting thing that you got to see on this tour?
The most interesting thing about the tour was that I got to see the contrast between the New Dubai and the Old Dubai. There is a section of the city that has not been taken over by skyscrapers yet and it was fascinating to see it filled with what they call souks (markets).
What was it like being in the Atlantis Hotel?
In the Atlantis everything is amplified. Instead of 5 restaurants, they have 20. Instead of 2 pools they have 6. The decorations and the details put into everything is awesome. Literally every detail is taken care of. The food is great and the customer service is top!
What was the most outstanding building that you got to see apart from the Burj Khalifa?
Burj Khalifa is my number one. But the twisted building in the Marina area was awesome. (It’s the Cayan Tower)
You got some really cool souvenirs from your trip. Where do you recommend buying them at?
Buy them at the souks near the Dubai Creek. They are cheaper and there is more variety there. Don’t buy them at airports, hotels or malls! Just don’t.
What cool fact can you tell us about Dubai?
I found out that 80% of the population in Dubai comes from foreign countries. Specially from India and the Philippines.
What is the biggest difference between other cities and Dubai? What makes Dubai unique?
The fact that the government has enough budget to build and invest in the city makes all the difference. They have underground electric cables and the bus stops are all closed up with a.c. There are plenty of modern buildings with different designs and patterns.
What makes it unique is that you can find pretty much everything there. Skiing, aquariums, malls. There is something for everyone in this city.
Is Dubai as majestic as everyone pictures is to be? Does it fulfill expectations?
Oh yes it does! It fulfills expectations and beyond. What is impressive is that it’s a city in the middle of the desert, it has a population of 2.7 million people but even so, it’s really elevated.
How was the weather?
Thankfully I went in the best season. The temperature was at about 28-29 degrees Celsius (82-84 Fahrenheit). But in the summer it can go up to 40 or 50 Celsius. (104-122 Fahrenheit).
Even so, there was A.C everywhere so it’s fine.
Any tips for visiting Dubai?
- Go with enough time in your hands. There is so much to do, you need more than 4 days.
- Use the bus tour. It’s the best way to get to see the whole city in 1 day. There are 3 routes and you should definitely take the 3 of them.
- Use the metro, it’s really convenient and efficient.
- Respect the customs. Men and women don’t tend to mix and you should never show your shoulders.
And those are all the questions that I had for him this time. A huge thank you to my dad who gave me the idea of starting this series here on my blog!
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