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Dubai after sunset

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The silhouette of Downtown Dubai as the sun sets.

My best memories from Dubai are for sure those that happened after sunset (sunset in Dubai in November happens at 17:30). Simply because I love twinkling skyscrapers, enchanting views, cool design and amazing food. Taxi cost hardly nothing in Dubai so from our basic and very affordable and comfy hotel Akas Inn in Al Barsha, we threw ourself in to taxis many times a day. Neon passing as we were constantly on our way down Sheikh Zayed road.

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Having our first, cheapest and one of the best meals in “Al Mallah” in the less fancy street called Al Dhiyafa or 2nd December street (two names for the same street).

Two nights we met up with a Danish girl living in Dubai that I got to know through WordPress. We have been following eachothers blogs for a while now and I am really glad we decided to meet in real. Sanne is such a lovely person – sincere, smart and versatile. Under alisa Mitzie Mee, Sanne´s lifestyle blog mainly focus on food but also other topics that occurs in her daily life. Our first “date” was a dinner at the lovely Aquara restaurant in the Dubai Marina. We enjoyed a great buffet, including free flowing cocktails and a magic view. Our evening ended at the tranquil bar “Arabian Courtyards” at hotel One&Only Royal Mirage.

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Dubai Marina by night is nothing but stunning.

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Fancy dinner at Aquara, part of Dubai Marina Yacht Club, with Sanne.

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The dessert buffet at Aquara honestly was one of the best I ever had.

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Chilling out at “Arabian Courtyards” at hotel One & Only Royal Mirage.

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Dubai metro by night.

Me and Louise literally ate ourself around the globe in Dubai. Everywhere we went the food was amazing. We had Lebanese, Pars (Iranian), Italian, American, Chinese, Japanese, South African and two international buffets. Most of the times we ate in very affordable but excellent restaurants in the malls or in the hotels. Each of the large hotels has several restaurants, bars and nightclubs. To have a drink with your meal the hotels are the only option. In other places there are only non alcoholic bevarages served.

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Iranian mezes just waiting to be eaten @ Pars, Mall of the Emirates.

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The best and the biggest sallads are found at “Cheesecake Factory”. I loved my Santa Fee special. Yummy!

We spent one full day downtown Dubai to discover Burj Khalifa, that I wrote about in my last post, and the Dubai mall. That night we ended the evening on the 64th floor in the fancy hotel bar “Neos” in hotel The Address downtown. We had a table right by the window and an enchanting view.

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Burj Khalifa shimmers in the dark.

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Having a cocktail with A VIEW at Neos in hotel “The Address downtown” was a highlight for sure.

I absolutely loved the area Madinat that consists of two large luxurious hotels and a bazaar. The whole area is built up with water channels and restaurant promenades. The enviroment is so beautiful and we spent a whole evening there. We felt like queens in the adorable hotel lobbies and the lights and the fabulous architecture of this place was just magic – from the sunset cocktail at Bahribar and the Italian dinner in Toscana to the Shisha at Barzar.

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Too beautiful to be truth – “Bahri bar” at hotel Mina A´Salam – Madinat.

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Madinat is an enchanting place by night.

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The lobbies in the fancy Dubai hotels was a delight just to be in.

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Thousand and One Nights feel in whole of Madinat.

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Italian at “Toscana” in Madinat.

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The lobby at “Al Qasr” in Madinat.

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Lit up palm trees.

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Shisha time in Barzar – Madinat.

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Life is good.

It was once more time to meet up with Sanne for the weekly Tuesday Ladies Night. After taking a peak at her and her husbands place in Dubai Marina we started our night at a club called XL and finished with dancing at a club called “Boudoir”, the latter situated in the “Jumeirah Beach Resort”. We had such a fun evening 😀

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Twinkling Dubai Marina seen from Sannes beautiful apartment.

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African on the menu at “Tribes”, in the Mall of the Emirates.

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Club XL at hotel Habtoor Grand Beach Resort.

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Sparkling wine free for ladies all night long on Tuesdays in Dubai 😉

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Me, Louise & Sanne having a blast.

And here are some more beautiful lounges and bars that we were lucky to discovered during our trip. I spent quite some time on the great link Platinum list to find out about Dubai nightlife. As a result I think we got to discover a whole lot of cool places 😀

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Another beauty – Nasimi beach by night with Dubai marina skyline in the distance.

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Romantic at “Shades” in hotel “The Address Dubai Marina”.

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Salsa night at “Blends” in hotel “The Address Dubai Marina”.

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Posing at “The Story Rooftop lounge”.

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The Holiday Inn, next door to where our hotel was located, hosted the Thursday club “Analog Room”, an excellent Berlin style deep house club with a relaxed dresscode and energetic vibe. Loved it!

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The DJ 🙂 One of three.

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The magic view from “Uptown” at Jumeirah Beach Hotel.

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The Burj Al Arab has never been as beautiful as from the “Uptown” at Jumeirah Beach Hotel.

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A last cocktail with a view with my excellent travel companion and friend Louise 🙂 Until next time!

Dubai by day

I have now chosen to make two posts about our wonderful days in Dubai, beside my special food post from “Saffron” that you could enjoy last week 🙂 This post will show you how we filled our days before sun set, and the next post…well, how we spent the nights. Explanations are found under each picture.

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The famous 7 star hotel “Burj Al Arab” is raising proud day as night…

The lenght of our (mine and my friend Louise) stay in Dubai was nine days. We felt this was a perfect amount of time since there is so much to do in this city. I can understand those who don´t like Dubai. It is a bit “plastic” and, just like in the USA for example, there is no possibilities for cosy strolls in between sights. Despite this, we found Dubai faschinating. It is a bit like a fairy tail, just there to entertain you. If you don´t stay in a fancy beach hotel there are frankly not that much beach to chose between. Out of the public spots available we found the JBR (Jumeirah Beach Residence) beach the best. We also tried two beach clubs, but they allways come with some kind of charge. However if you anyhow plan to eat and drink it is not that bad since the price is usually a “minimum spend” in return for a sunbed. In those places there is allways great upbeat lounge music in the background and a more sofisticated feel.

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Hotel Atlantis The Palm in the background of the Nasimi Beach club, the perfect spot to hang out the day after the weekly Tuesday Ladies night..

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Clear water at the JBR beach

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No palms at the JBR, but tall buildings and construction work.

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Saladicious – our favourite lunch spot, on the JBR beach walk.

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Barasti – famous beachclub belonging to the Le Méridien hotel.

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Dubai Marina by day.

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It is no secret -building Dubai is a tiring business.

Besides spending time on the beach we also had time for some shopping and to take a peak from the 124th floor of the Burj Khalifa building, until today the world´s tallest. Heavy rain our last two days (average rainfall in Dubai is three days a year so yes, I guess you could say we were a bit unlucky) gave us a good opportunity to visit the Karama “fake” market and the older parts of Dubai – Bur Dubai and Deira, the latter famous for the biggest gold souk in the world.

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The history of Burj Khalifa.

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Windy “At The Top”.

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The view towards Sheikh Zayed Rd.

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Blowing away….

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View over the highest fountain in the world, active at night. And to “The Address hotel” (where we later that night had a coctail on the 64th floor).

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The ice rink in the “Dubai Mall”.

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Fine dining by the river in the largest shopping world in the world, “Dubai Mall”.

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The view from our hotel – Ski Dubai.

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Bag vendor in Karama.

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Taking an Abra boat over the creek, to Deira.

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100% gold…

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…and more gold, in the Gold Souk in Deira.

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Weird sight to wake up to.

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In the golfcar (common transport method inside the large hotel complexes) to the 360 bar for a sunset drink.

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The Jumeirah Beach Hotel, where the 360 belongs to.

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A cold beer on our last day, and an even closer view of “Burj Al Arab”.

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Sun sets over Jumeirah beach park, with Dubai Downtown in the background.

Dubai – a heaven for a foodie

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Just freshly arrived from Dubai I will take a break from my USA roadtrip theme. While I sort out my recent holiday pictures I will give you a teaser of how wonderful Dubai can be if you, like me and my friend, prioritize eating on your vacation 🙂 Last Wednesday we decided to try the Saffron buffet, located in the hotel Atlantis The Palm. Saffron has different themed buffets most of the nights and on Wednesday´s there is a focus on Asian inspired dishes even though there was some more choices available too. It is truly a feast for the eye and with several live cooking stations serving dishes from all over the world, there is something for everyone.

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Below my pick. Plate number one was by far the best. In fact plate number four was not as wonderful as it looks like. Maybe I was just too full to fully enjoy the very sweet dessert. But they looked amazing 😛

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Two happy but very very full holiday goers.

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The lobby of Atlantis The Palm.

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