Dubai: from a fishing village to a Guinness World Records destination

When you think about art,history or nature Dubai is definitely not the first location that springs to your mind.


However, I was somehow fascinated by the idea of a completely man-made destination which turned from sand into one of the most popular tourist spot of the world.

And then, as usual, a great flight deal set the decision for me 😉

I have been travelling with low cost companies for my whole life and I was quite excited to fly with Emirates for the first time.

The whole experience was above my expectations and I really wish I wasn’t on a budget everytime!

In fact, flying first class is still on my bucket list.

The airport is well connected to the city via metro and the journey is approximately 40 mins.

Our hotel was located in Dubai Marina, which I strongly recommend to pick for your accommodation.

MorePlanesThanTrains-Dubai Marina

There is a wide range to choose from and even the cheapest hotel will be higher than your average hotel.

Public transports are excellent and affordable.

From Dubai Marina you can get a metro or buses, both divided in pink and blue areas for men and women!

The city is all about opulence: skyscrapers, cars and gigantic shopping malls.

Even if shopping it’s not your cup of tea, you must visit these three:

  • Dubai Mall : simply the world’s biggest shopping mall. Check out for free  the killer sharks of the Dubai Aquarium!Next to the mall, you will be able to enjoy the most popular free tourist attraction as well: the Dubai Fountain. Evening shows start at 6 pm and are every half hour till 11 pm.
  • Mall of the Emirates: House of the Ski Dubai, first indoor ski resort in Middle East.
  • Ibn Battuta Mall: My favorite one as the mall’s six courts represent Andalusia, Tunisia, Egypt, Persia, India and China. It feels like touring the world in one afternoon.

Speaking about World Guinness Records, Dubai hosts the tallest building of the world, the Burj Khalifa.

Can you visualize 829.8 m?

MorePlanesThanTrains-Dubai Burj al khalifa
Literally on top of the world!

Another famous world record is the Burj Al Arab, the world’s only seven star hotel.

A great spot to take pictures of the hotel and sunbath as well, is the Open Public Beach, located in the Jumeirah district and reachable by bus.

MorePlanesThanTrains-Dubai Burj Al Arab

MorePlanesThanTrains Dubai Mosque and Bur Al Arab

Do not forget to explore also old Dubai with its souks and beautiful mosques!

I know that is sounds very touristy but the best memory of my Dubai trip is the desert Safari experience.

We booked the tour at the hotel and it costs us around 55£ however I would book it again!

You reach the desert with a 4×4 jeep and start a dangerous but fun dune bashing.

MorePlanesThanTrains-Dubai Dune Bashing

You then get to a Bedouin campsite around sunset, where you can ride a camel and get a henna tattoo.

You finally enjoy a delicious buffet dinner under the stars while belly dancers perform a live show.

MorePlanesThanTrains-Dubai Sunset in the Desert


Make sure to find out when Ramadan starts before booking the holiday. I wished I had looked it up before booking…we then discovered that that was the reason why we got such a cheap deal!

During the holy month, everything is closed till sunset and also tourists are expected not to eat and drink in public.

I completely respect any religion and cultures, however it has been quite challenging. We could wander for hours before finding an open shop and then had to hide to drink water.

Regardless of that, a week went by quite quickly and I would still state that it is totally one of those places that you need to visit once in your life.

xxx Valentina

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