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Travels: Dubai

I love visiting new places, every time I go on a little adventure, I feel like I come back a little richer. I came across a quote on Instagram today by Jaime Lyn Beatty that said, “Jobs fill your pockets, adventures fill your soul” I have to agree 100%. Travel is like soul food – it opens your mind and has the power to re-inspire.  I have previously blogged about my travels to Paris, AmsterdamNew York and Florence.  Last week, I was fortunate enough to go to Dubai for a couple of days and although my stay was short, it was well worth the visit.

 

Dubai has never been on my travel list, I had preconceptions that I wouldn’t enjoy it because it was only about shopping malls and I’m someone who prefers art galleries, museums and of course the beach. There are a ton of shopping malls..in fact Dubai Mall is the world’s largest mall, but there are also lovely beaches and a marina and Abu Dhabi is an hour and a half away which is home to the amazing Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque which I would love to visit one day. I also love that Dubai is a bit of melting pot of different nationalities. The trip was a good reminder for me on the importance of dropping your expectations and pre-conceptions and really to make your own mind up by seeing for yourself.  I look forward to visiting Dubai again in the future. Here are a few pictures from my travels.

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I stayed at Grand Excelsior Hotel in the Al Basha area of Dubai, which I have to say serves a lovely breakfast and has great spacious rooms as well as a pool on the roof.

Dubai | UAE

Dubai | UAE

Lovely mosaic floor in the hotel lobby…

Dubai | UAEDubai | UAEQuick selfie in the hotel room…

Dubai | UAE

Dubai | UAE

Should have really ate local food… but I was hungry and I spotted a Japanese restaurant…

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Beach and skyscrapers…

Dubai | UAE

Jumeirah Beach also known as JBR Beach is such a lovely and just a few minutes away from Marina Walk…

Dubai | UAE

Dubai | UAEDubai | UAE

Dubai | UAE

If you look really closely, you can just see the paragliders up in the sky…

Dubai | UAEDubai | UAEThe sunset was beautiful..

Dubai | UAEDubai | UAE

Dubai Marina…

Dubai | UAE

Dubai | UAE

Dubai | UAE

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Hotel: Grand Excelsior Hotel

Airlines: Air France and KLM

Photography: Tanya Weekes

Special thanks to Lloyd Frontline for the shots of me on the beach.

Will de Dill

Good stuff Tanya, keep them coming. God willing, this will be of my destinations next year.