I hope you are sitting comfortably!
Flew Virgin PE from LHR to Dubai with Mr VegasFan. Both of us went straight from work since it was a 9 pm flight. I got a taxi from Luton, £40 and 35 mins door to door; Mr VF caught the tube from the City, £4 and 2 hours! Hey ho…
Flight comfortable and uneventful (which is the best you can say about any flight) and we landed a few minutes early on a bright sunny morning in Dubai.
Immigration took all of 10 minutes and we changed money and bought duty free while waiting for our cases.
Met by daughter at the quick drop off zone, and off to her apartment near The Greens. Didn’t do a lot the first day, apart from unpack, and have a nap. Daughter and I were booked in for a pedicure and manicure at a local salon, which was lovely after the long flight, then we enjoyed a delicious home cooked meal.
Thursday morning we were up at 6am to visit the Fish Market. Quite an experience, but a lot of fun. I bought a kilo of fresh prawns for 30 Dhms, squid and red snapper (at least I think it was red snapper, since I couldn’t understand what the fish man was telling me about it!). We also shopped in the fruit and veg market just next door to the fish market.
Back to the apartment for a swim, then fish preparation for the meal I was cooking for daughter and friends that evening. I think they will be finding fish scales all over the kitchen for the next few weeks!
On Friday we had booked a table at Latitude at the JBR for Dubai’s national sport (Brunch). For about 330 Dhms we had all you could eat and drink, sitting outside under shady umbrellas. Great cocktails, bottomless sparkling wine and fantastic food. The entertainment was provided (albeit unwittingly) by a large group of Hooray Henrys and Jumeira Janes who were air-kissing and shrieking at each other all afternoon. Lots of hair-tossing and lipgloss...and the women were almost as bad! (Priceless!)
Saturday morning we visited Kerama for the compulsory fake watches and bags and real pashminas. In the afternoon we drove to the creek and wandered around the textile and old souks, then took an abra across to the spice souk, and strolled around the gold souk before making our way to the Radisson SAS for something to eat.
Ended up first in the English Pub, cos Mr VF wanted to see some football, and then decided to eat in the Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant, Sumibiya. What a great choice, lovely food, plus entertainment watching our meal being expertly prepared by our Filipino chef.
Monday (our last day) was a lazy day by the pool, or that was the plan until we woke up to howling winds and a sandstorm. Luckily the wind dropped and the sand abated by 11 am and we swam, sunbathed and played crazy golf until the sun disappeared behind the buildings at 3.30.
Late that afternoon, we drove out to the Palm to visit the Atlantis Hotel. 150 dirhams for Valet parking? We parked in the street and walked to the hotel!
Wandered around and viewed the aquarium and the shops, then looked for a bar for some sundowners. Asking at the information desk, we were told there were no bars in the hotel. Hmmm….we found this often in Dubai, ask a question then get told totally inaccurate information!
As we walked past Seafire restaurant, there was a sign for “happy hour”, and it would have been rude not to take advantage! Rather expensive at £10 a cocktail, but since we got two for one, it was better value.
Then it was back to the car and off to Five restaurant in the Jumeira Rotana Hotel. You would never know the hotel was there, since it’s tucked away in a back street, but another great buffet style meal, with steaks, fish, chicken and lamb all displayed to choose from, then whisked away to be cooked to your liking.
Again all drinks were included and thanks to the Entertainer coupon, it was 2 for 1, so a bargain at about 70 dhms each! We returned home, three out of four of us a little the worse for wear!
And that brings us to Tuesday morning when it was time to leave at 7 am to get our return flight. :(
Not a lot of sightseeing, since we had done all that on previous trips, but a great time relaxing, eating and drinking and catching up with Daughter!