My incredible, crazy, 11 hour stop over in Dubai was a blast. Its just wild getting lost between those enormous buildings! I cant really describe how dwarf like these monster buildings can make you feel. The space and lights are over the top, and so is the price of a carrot juice!
Arriving in Dubai at 19.20 – and only due to fly out 07.50 the next morning is more than enough time to hitch a ride into town by taxi or metro, both are very affordable.
We dropped our carry on bags in the airport left luggage lounge for 30 AED per bag. Be sure to grab a ticket at the entrance to avoid being not in the que, you know what I mean. We then excitedly caught the metro to Dubai Marina, exit at Damac. approx 45 mins journey time.
I was disappointed not to be able to photograph whilst in the metro even tough its mostly above ground. There was just so much light bouncing back and forth from the windows that it was no use to take photos with bad refelctions. You do pass past the Burj Khalifa, which is now the tallest building in the world at 829.8 m and its pretty impressive. Its just after the Financial Centre Metro stop (Metro Map)
This image (above) is just outside the Damac metro and looking over the Sheikh Zayed Road. Its an enormous highway of 6 lanes each side. Its by far the biggest highway I have been on. Its also the longest road in the Emmirates at 558kms.
Dubai Marina is a modern totally man made district with a marina, its developed by Emaar, you will see their towers all over the area. It has some the tallest buidlings in the world. Its totally breath taking at night.
For a luxury boat cruise dinner expect to pay AED 159 Per person. There are also the old traditional wooden boats called Dhows.
Grosvenor House in blue. then the famous Cayan Tower or Infinity Tower, its a 306-metre-tall, 73-story residential Skyscraper.
Mosque, Grosvenor House appartments and hotel, Cayan Tower
The 5 star, Address Marina Hotel
Itinary options for night
stop in Dubai
Another Itinerary option.
Metro to Financial Centre metro stop – 6 mins walk to Level 43 Sheraton Hotel
on Sheikh Zayed Road – between metro Financial centre and emirates towers
Cool rooftop bar, mind blowing view
from here you get the best view of Burj Khalifa, till 2am
Price range: Average AED 400 for two people (approx.) with alcohol – 100 euro
Eat At : Zaroob
hot spot after-hours place to eat with fresh juices on Sheikh Zayed Road. Open until 4am, its on 2 levels and has a terrace strung with lanterns. I believe its inspired by the street food vendors In the Middle East.
Shop No. 1, Jumeirah Tower Building, Sheikh Zayed Road
3am Taxi back to airport
Camera used for these images : Fujifilm XT1 and Fujinon
Next up will be a blog post about Dubai during the day. 🙂