Dubai – The hotspot in the Middle East, Part II


What: My favorite tips and things to do, part II
Where: Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

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Not only the skyscrapers of Dubai amaze me, the architecture of the desert city is just spectacular. In the lower right you can see the brightly lit Dubai Mall, where you can find an ice rink as well as over 1,000 shops

Welcome to Dubai, the city of superlatives with the world’s highest skyscraper, the world’s largest shopping mall, the world’s largest occurrence of luxury hotels and luxury cars. Where yesterday was a desert, today the largest city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) stretches, with international architects’ vertiginous creations. There is probably no city that has grown faster. And the construction boom does not stop. Dubai is the hotspot of the Persian Gulf, attracting 16 million tourists a year, fleeing European winter to combine beach holidays with power shopping. After reporting about Downtown Dubai, the souks and sightseeing highlights as well as the art scene and the most beautiful, public beaches in part I of my Dubai adventure, I now share my experiences about a desert safari, the island The Palm and one of the most beautiful hotels in the Persian Gulf area. But one after another…

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On “The Palm Jumeirah” – the palm-shaped artificial island of Dubai – is the Resort Atlantis, a 50-hectare amusement complex and theme park

Who does not reside on the palm-shaped peninsula The Palm Jumeirah, should definitely plan a trip to the 2001 accumulated area. Here, private villas and five-star hotels accumulate like pearls on a string – the rooms in high season (November to April) are from 300 euros upwards!

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The spectacular architecture of Dubais latest luxury spot The Bulgari Resort was realized by the Italian design office Antonio Citterio with a filigree facade that is reminiscent of corals

The finest and most beautiful hotel in Dubai is, in my opinion, the luxury hotel Bulgari Resort, which opened in late 2017 with excellent restaurants and an extraordinary spa. Instead of glitter and bling-bling, the guest can expect a discreet, modern design in warm colors and materials. The 101 rooms in total are equipped with high-quality details such as cashmere plaids, cedar shoe straps and a large Bulgari beach bag. Even a yoga mat was thought of, which I greatly appreciate as a yoga fan. The absolute highlight are the 20 noble villas that line the bay with its private beach. In addition to a butler service, they have their own pools in secluded gardens. On the sandy beach, the guest can book private pavilions, which are equipped with a small bathroom, bar, towels, sunscreen and what else you need for a pleasant day on the beach. Anyone can and wants to, docks in the Bulgari Resort with their own ship, because the luxurious five-star plus hotel has its own marina and club. (Deluxe room with beach view from 890 euros per night).

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The suites and villas are decorated in warm colors and fine materials: Under the bed a Moroccan Beni Ourain carpet, on the bed a Bulgari cashmere plaid

My most impressing Dubai adventure: A dinner-sunset-safari in the Red Dunes (Safari: 70 euros per person via Arabian Adventures). With a 4×4 vehicle, we drive through the Red Sand Desert of Dubai with stops in front of a fantastic dune landscape. In time for the sunset with an XXL sun on the shimmering sky, an aperitif is being served before continuing by jeep over the sometimes steep and vertiginous desert slopes. I am lucky and see camel herds, gazelles and onyxes on the way. The evening ends in a Bedouin camp with delicious barbecue, camel ride and – if desired – a henna tattoo. Fascinating is the starry sky over the desert, a glitter and sparkle, so incomparable and intense, that one does not want to avert the view.

Dubai is a city of contrasts, unmissable is the socio-political contradiction. And yet a fairy tale from 1001 Nights that fascinates. BvH

Tip Dubai:

Can you afford Dubai as a person on average wage? Indeed, if known how: Who can tolerate temperatures of 30 degrees plus, should plan his trip from the end of April. I visited Dubai in May – during the Muslim month of fasting Ramadan* – and experienced a relaxed metropolis in which, despite religious restrictions, tourists hardly perceive differences. Shops and several restaurants are also open during the day, in the hotels alcohol is served, where a wine can quickly cost 15 or 20 euros – per glass. Overnight stays in the luxury hotels are offered for half the usual price and the sightseeing highlights barely have waiting time. (*Ramadan 2020 from April 24 to May 24)

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Me on a sand dune during the “Sundowner Dune Dinner Safari” with Arabian Adventures. A perfect desert tour, but the so-called “dune bashing” is not for everyone

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Over two-thirds of the United Arab Emirates are occupied by the northern foothills of the Great Arab Desert (Rub al-Chali)

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A sundowner and an extraordinary backdrop… The silence and vastness of the Red Dunes desert have impressed me the most

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The desert tour ends with a lavish barbecue in a Bedouin camp

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… before, there is a traditional dance performance, which is only performed by men during Ramadan…

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The camp’s camel herds…

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…me cuddling with one of the camels…

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…here my new friend again in profile; Look at these incredibly long eyelashes!!!

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My henna tattoo. It lasted six weeks, by the way. Since you should think about, where the tattoo is placed and if it fits at home in everyday life or to the job

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The Bulgari Resort Dubai on a private peninsula infront of Jumeirah Beach

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The exclusive beach pavilions at the Bulgari Resort are reminiscent of Asian safari tents and are each equipped with a small bathroom, kitchenette, towels, etc.

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View from the balcony of a suite to the hotel’s private beach with the Dubai skyline and the outstanding and overtopping Burj Khalifa in the background

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One of 20 private villas with private pools and butler service. More is not possible…

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Exactly my taste: The rooms of the villas and suites with Italian design and furniture by Maxalto, Flos and Flexform for great comfort and cosiness

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Attentive and lovingly prepared delicacies for a very personal anniversary: I was touched

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Again the view to my own pool terrace, where you can relax on loungers by B&B Italia

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Pure luxury: The private infinity pool of the 540 square meter presidential villa. Paradise is calling…

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Protected under a coral canopy: The 1,700 square meter spa area with comfortable outdoor daybeds and a view to the Gulf

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The next surprise awaited me in the spa after a relaxing massage… It will also make my stay at the Bulgari Resort Dubai unforgettable

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On the way to downtown, you will pass the futuristically inspired and pioneering architecture, which is typical for Dubai

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From the island The Palm, I can see the coast and the famous, sail-shaped hotel Burj Al Arab, the symbol of Dubai. If you want to spend a night in a deluxe suite, you have to fork out 1,600 euros – per night of course

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Me infront of Dubai’s landmark, the luxury hotel Burj Al Arab. Only hotel guests have access. Unless you have a reservation for the “Skybar” on the 27th floor, preferably at sunset

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…followed by a dinner in the underwater restaurant Al Mahara. Everything here is just wow, including the prices…

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…and the encounter with impressive – and sometimes quite scary – sea creatures. The sensational sight of the underwater world with its rays, sharks etc. is after all free of charge

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أنت تعيش مرة واحدة فقط – you only live ones: Friday night in Dubai is the night of the nights and it is celebrated. The trendy in-restaurant Zuma serves Asian-European dishes. A Wagyu steak costs 215 euros, the bottle of rosé wine 125 euros and a Cosmopolitan cocktail 15 euros

See you soon in Dubai:

The next Dubai highlight will be the world exhibition Expo from October 2020 to April 2021

More travel stories you can here.
Part I of my Dubai adventure you can find here.

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