I have been researching our honeymoon in Dubai for several months now and we have just booked our plane tickets. We are traveling from New York to Bangkok - 4 nights there and 7 nights at the Taj in Maldives. We are staying 3 nights in Dubai on the way home.
After hearing something about not being able to hold hands in the city I did a bit more research and saw that public displays of affection are forbidden! I totally respect this, just don't know if that's the best thing to end our honeymoon with. Plus I didn't feel that there was too much to do within Dubai city but shop and being from NYC we have plenty of great shopping here! I would however love to visit the traditional Souks. (spice, fabric, gold) & also see the palm islands.
Therefore we are going to book the Al Maha - desert resort outside of the city and named as the top ten romantic hotel stays. Looking forward to seeing the animals on the reserve and being in a more traditional environment. Plus I also heard the food is absolutely fantastic.
Our main issue is that we would love to see Dubai city on the last day as we have a very late flight home. So would it be possible to return from the desert early morning and do everything "must do" in one day & dinner) ? Our flight to NYC is at 2AM so I figure that would give us enough time to have a fabulous dinner (Culinary Flight at the Burj Al Arab). Some may say a 5 hour dinner is a waste of time when we only have one night there - or is it worth it? Also, if we were to just have a regular dinner at the Burj, any unique places that are nearby where we can have a drink with a beautiful view?
Another issue is that of luggage. Would we be able to roll it around with us all day? Or is there a possibility of checking the luggage in with emirates early in the day and then going on with our exploring? How far is the airport from the major activities?
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated as we don't have much time & I want to make the most of every minute!