Expat Life, Family Life

My first trip to Dubai


When I tell people that I haven’t been to Dubai before they are genuinely shocked. “But you only live 4 hours drive away”, yes that is true but I have only been in Oman for 8 months and I have been busy exploring my new home before I go venturing to the Las Vegas of the Middle East.

Last week Colin had to go to Dubai for a couple of days for a work course and he knew better than to leave me and my sulky face at home so he bought me a plane ticket so I could tag along. It’s not often we go on a trip together and yes he was going to work but still, I appreciated that I wasn’t left behind.  Good husband points to him!

We flew from Muscat to Dubai with Oman Air, you can pick up a return flight from 27 OMR/40 GBP if you book far enough in advance. With flight time of around 50 minutes it’s so easy just to hope on a plane and visit Dubai.

With Colin at work I managed to spend two days in the Dubai mall – holy cow that is some place!  I’ve never been anywhere like the Dubai Mall before, We don’t have places like that in Scotland!! After hours of walking around I still hadn’t seen it all. To navigate my way around I had to use one of the maps that they hand out and still I was having to stop at one of the 11 information points for directions! 

Me at the Aqurium in the Dubai Mall. Such a Geek!

There are so many shops in this one mall that even I was overwhelmed by the choice and didn’t buy as much as I usually would – probably much to Colin’s relief I didn’t melt his credit card too much.

On the second evening we had a meal at the terrace of ‘Meat & Co’ where we sat under the Burj Khalifa and watched the famous water fountain shows. Colin enjoyed tucking into his 700g steak. Perfect location and a lovely time with nice people.

The view of the famous Burj Khalifa from our evening meal. It is currently the tallest man made structure in the world at 829.8 m (2,722 ft). It is pretty mind blowing to think how tall that actually is. The weather was cloudy and overcast for the two days so hopefully next time it will be clearer and I can take the time up to the viewing point for a better look over Dubai.

Clockwise from left: View of the Burj from the road, Desert in the Cheesecake factory, Sharks at the Aquarium inside the mall, 700g Steak from the Meat & Co.

Dubai is an amazing place to visit with so much to see and do but after two days of shopping and eating too much I was exhausted and ready to head home. It is a bit too hectic for me, I like my ‘quiet’ life in Muscat.

One thing I will miss about Dubai – The Cheesecake Factory! Oh my goodness I was in heaven 🙂

So I’m home for now and heading off on another adventure in the very near future. No rest for the wicked!

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  • Reply Denise Bomfim 04/05/2013 at 3:30 PM


    I love Dubai! I am happy that you enjoyed the trip too.
    By the way, greetings from Rio. Would you like to visit Rio?

    • Reply The Duncan Adventures 04/05/2013 at 3:51 PM

      Hello Denise! Yes, Rio looks amazing and so much fun with the colours and carnival. Do you enjoy living there? I have never been to that part of the world and hopefully one day I will have the chance to visit 🙂 x

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  • Reply Lisa 15/05/2013 at 11:04 AM

    Nice place to hang out in Dubai. Love to visit Dubai Desert Safari

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  • Reply arwa bond 01/09/2013 at 7:39 PM

    Dubai Desert Safari one of the best place where you can enjoy your trip.

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