Monday, April 15, 2013

Dubai Daydreams

Dubai is a city that defies the odds, a modern metropolis made up of futuristic skyscrapers, set alongside traditional souks, man-made islands, seven star resorts, the world's tallest tower and enough shopping malls to empty any elite bank account. All this...in a desert.

A hazy view of the modern silver skyline of this illustrous city. In the middle is the Burj Khalifa tower, which towers over all the other buildings in its midst.
A view from on top the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, which stands at a staggering 828 m/2 716.5 feet. This 163 floor-structure can be seen from up to 95 km away and is less than a 3-minute elevator ride to the top.

An aerial view of the Dubai Fountains, which comes alive to a musical extravaganza at night.


Note to all Shopaholics: The Dubai Mall is the largest shopping destination in the world, with over 1200 stores of buying bliss. Have a double shot of expresso to stay up on weekends, when the centre closes only after midnight. If you have a platinum credit card or miraculously inherited millions, you can indulge in one of the many luxury stores from Louis Vuitton, to Jimmy Choo, Marc Jacobs and Burberry. Or if you're just a normal-earning-human-being like the rest of us, have a browse at the usual brands of stylish chain stores like Zara, Bershka, H&M, Forever 21, Mango and a thousand more.


The most exciting, adrenelin-pumping part of my trip was a journey into the Sharjah desert, where an expertly trained driver steered us across the vast and rugged rolling sand dunes in a roller-coaster of a ride. 


After this head-spinning, stomach churning and exhilarating dune-bashing adventure, we were taken to a camp oasis set up in the middle of the desert, for a night of authentic Emirati cuisine under a golden desert sunset, and treated to dervish whirling, belly dancing, henna tattooing and a completely fascinating bedouin experience.


Whilst in the old city of Dubai, we followed the aromatic scent of exotic spices to The Spice Bazaar, where fresh and dried herbs and spices can be purchased at a bargain. The vendors offer an expansive variety of fragrant flavourants like saffron, peppercorns, cinnamon twills, turmeric, green cardamom, whole nutmeg and traditional Arabic coffee called 'Kawa'.


The (not so lost) City of Atlantis is found on the edge of the artificial island Palm Jumeirah, and is based on the resort of the same name in The Bahamas. The perfect anecdote to the scorching desert sun, you can drift down a lazy river pool on a tube, go scuba diving with sharks and sting-rays, slide down one of the many mind-numbing water rides and take a walk through The Lost Chambers aquarium.

Pristine beaches, blue cloudless skies and aquamarine seas...the best place to relax after all those days of mall-hopping, dune-driving, souk-searching and architectural admiring.

These were the highlights of my most recent trip to Dubai. 
Is this a destination you have visited or would like to visit?


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96 comments:

Mona K said...

Hi! I found your blog from Zahra's site. Gorgeous shots of Dubai...I crave warm weather in Chicago!

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Kim Alston said...

So glad you had a wonderful time. I've heard wonderful things about Dubai. One of my readers goes a lot. Thanks for sharing your pictures. Atlantis is gorgeous!

Shes Dressing Up said...

Gorgeous photos! I love Dubai, it is one of my favourite holiday destinations :). I love how busy the malls are with big groups of friends and family on Friday night & the fountains are amazing!

Francesca said...

Wow, it looks like you had such a wonderful trip! The Dune driving looks amazing, and Atlantis looks incredible! After seeing this, I would totally love to go to Dubai! I'm glad you had such a great time!

Kacie Cone said...

AMAZING! I am so jealous! I want to go!!!!

Lavender Loafers said...

Its such amazing! You are having really fun there! I'm jealous! The city is wonderful and the most interesting its located in the middle of nowhere! Btw have you bought already something? some jewelers or oriental bags? It must be a lot of them there! I would love to buy some rings a lot!!!

Joyce said...

This sounds absolutely amazing! The dune ride sounds so cool, I had no idea that that was way to get there and ahhhh the shopping mall sounds amazing:) And so does the snorkling:)

Chris Ed said...

Hi Sam, I want to visit Dubai so much! Really gteat post! Have a nice week! kisses chris

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Rahul Bhatia said...

This was like playing a video of memories of my trip to Dubai with stunning captures, Sam! Hope to see more exciting places in next posts

Jessi said...

The Dubai mall needs to be on my bucket list :) it looks AWESOME. Wish I could afford to shop there! Haha. There was an Atlantis in the Bahamas where we visited on our cruise too funny enough! That beach looks amazing. Thabks for sharing!
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Linda Greaves said...

Oh wow Sam, this is spectacular! These photos of Dubai are incredible.

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Hanna & Christel said...

dubai looks freaking amazing, we really need to visit it one day!

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trishie said...

I would love the visit Dubai. The dune riding looks awesome!

dinda belle said...

Dubai is absolutely amazing nowadays :)


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Chai Chen said...

I would really love to visit DUbai! Great adventure! I heard perfumes there are much cheaper too, as some of my friends who work there told me. Really great I guess! Cool shopping experience too as they have lower prices as they have no taxes or something ... I wanna visit! ;) I only got there due to a stop over at the airport but not really got to tour. I wish I could next time :)

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FASHION TALES said...

Breathtaking photos Sam, wow! My favourite is the one of the 'Dune Riding' ... it looks surreal. xx/Madison

littlemisschinagirl said...

So beautiful! I would love to visit Dubai some day :)
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Adrielle said...

So beautiful!Never been there but I wish I'd have the chance one day!

Heiress said...

This seems like such a nice trip !! Dubai is really a must visit place !! Loved the picture of the Sharjah desert. We are sure you had a lot of fun Sam, but you were missed :)

Do come back soon to visit us soon!

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Fashion-Bridge said...

Amazing photos! I'm so excited for you dear Sam that you had such a fantastic time and that you saw this unique and magic country! The photos are stunning, breath-taking and utterly beautiful!

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Rosa C. said...

I love Dubai ;)
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Gita said...

I have never been to Dubai, but would love to go! It all seems very posh and fancy though, all that shops, mmmmm <3 :)!

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Gloria e Rogerio said...

We love your post, wonderful.
We wish you a great weekend.
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Elly @ Caribbean Living said...

Wow Sam, what incredible photos!!! This looks like an amazing place - I've never been before but it's been hiked up the travel wish list big time now!! That skyline, my goodness! And the dune riding looks absolutely incredible, you lucky thing you!!

Jessica said...

Hi dear, these photos of Dubai are amazing Sam!!

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My Urban Market said...

I've never been in Dubai but it seems to be an amazing place. These pics are beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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Stella said...

Dubai is one of the places I want to visit.
I have heard many things about this place.
Hope you enjoyed your trip.

Daniella said...

Ah wow Sam, such wonderful photos! I would really like to see Dubai, looks like one of those places that everybody should experience in their lifetime! Thank you for sharing these pretty images with us :)

Take care and have a great week,
Daniella xox

Emma Pinto said...

OMG! These are beautiful beautiful BEAUTIFUL photos !! Im jealous :)) xx

Hope to visit it some day! Have a wonderful week xx

Janice Lunes said...

Such a great post :)

I really want to shop there one day too :D

I liked the pictures you shared !!

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BELULOVE said...

GUAUU amazingggg


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Sandra Leiva said...

Looks amazing! I want to go there! haha

Stylish By Nature said...

Incredible pics !! This post made me lusting for a vacation there :)

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Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Wow, I would LOVE to go on a sand dune trip! I bet the shopping would be pretty spectacular too!

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Bee-zee said...

It's definitely a destination that is on my list! And you made it even more appealing! Your description was excellent! The pictures are amazing, I am sure it was a great trip! Looking forward to seeing your other "ports"! Such a great holiday, congratulations!

Adeola Naomi said...

Dubai is one of my favourite destination and I will love to live in the Dubai mall.
I have been there and will love to visit again, my look today actually feature an item I bought in the mall.
Hope your week was amazing darling!

Coco said...

So fascinating! I'd love to go there some time!
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Heather said...

These pictures are amazing!

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Lilli said...

Dear Sam, first of all thanks a lot for your comment, I'm really glad you liked my photos, your words made me very happy!:) Dubay is onto my wishlist from ages! Is a magical city, full of things to do and visit! I'd love to travel there soon, especially now after have seen your beautiful reportage! See the super giant mall must be an experience!!:) The dune driving is so cool and funny! I'm also curious to try all their different kind of spices and the cuisine as well! Fab pics dear, thanks a lot for sharing and make me dream!:) Happy monday, big hugs!

Rakhshan said...

great pictures! Dubai is one of the best destinations for a vacation and you're right we abs need a break from technology, it just gets too much!!
xx

Josie said...

Wow it looks amazing! Glad you had a great time, I'd love to go to Dubai xxx

Carmen said...

These pics are gorgeous, I would so love to go to Dubai one day!
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S said...

You made me mind to my travel in Dubay, some years ago. It was so funny!
I had a desert trip on quad and did a lot of scubadiving!^^
Great pics!
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bua!tiene que ser impresionante y carisimo viajar a Dubai!!!

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Tie Bow-tie said...

Amazing photos dear!
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Natalia A said...

Such a perfect introduction! Wish I could visit and see all these places myself. x

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Oh, Sam, what a fabulous trip!!!!!! Such a wonderland! It's truly amazing that all of this is in the desert. We have some dunes here about three hours away and it's so fun to go ride them in the summertime! It's been a long time since I've done it and seeing these fabulous Dubaii dunes has given me a craving! All the fabulous shopping and hotels, must have been a heavenly trip! Thanks for sharing it with us and thanks so much for your lovely comment, Sam ... have a great week! xo ~S

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bridechic said...

Lucky, lucky you! I've wanted to visit this oasis for so long and the more images like these I see the closer I am to booking my trip . . .

VintageDanielle said...

The photos are so beautiful. I've always wanted to go and now you've confirmed my dream of visiting someday.

Always Maylee said...

I've heard that it's pretty amazing there!

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Fabiola said...

wow!!! are amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
the pics are beautiful!


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the Martha from Malta diary said...

Oh Sam, thanks for this amazing trip around Dubai, glad to see some travel as well as fashion :) Looks like you had an unforgettable time. Dubai is a popular destination with Maltese, in fact there are daily flights from Malta to Dubai. I'd love to go there some day, I'm sure I'll love it. I have one question though, did you feel it is too artificial/man-made?

Looking forward to more holiday shots :) xx

AlittlebitUnique said...

1200 shops sounds like absolute bliss! I need to go to Dubai it just looks absolutely amazing

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Zahra Sandberg said...

What a great post - and such a different perspective to see those images! That mall sounds like heaven to me! If only the miraculous millions were in my bank account :)

I have never visited Dubai but it sounds like a fabulous destination!


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Oh to Be a Muse said...

Dubai is such an interesting city. It almost seems made up. I'd still like to visit it some day though.

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Bodil Huisman said...

It all looks so amazing. The fountain is so big and the shopping mall sounds really great. The drive through the dunes sounds really exciting :)!! Glad you had a blessed time out there, thank you for sharing your photos and experiences there. I want to visit Dubai someday too :)

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Nico Saich said...

Sam I have been itching for a vacation but your photos are the next best thing! I love all these images and gosh, that mall seems like heaven!

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Vannessa@Luxuria said...

Yaaaay!! Love Dubai and was missing you (wondering where you were ;-)
Looks like you had a FAB time; your images are gorgeous. Certainly a trip to remember.

Gabriele said...

oh yes, Dubai is definitely the place I would LOVE to visit!

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cannot believe how gorgeous it is there! have never been. love the deserts and the mall, atlantis is stunning i've actually been and had a blast! really considering a cruise for my next vaca. thanks for sharing the info. xx. gigi. www.gigikkitchen.blogspot.com

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very very nice my dear!!:)

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Bea S. said...

Wow, amazing pictures and incredible place! <3

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Rowena @ rolala loves said...

Great photos! It looks like you had an amazing time in Dubai Sam! I'm always astounded by the architecture there and would love to visit one day to see it all in person.

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Sammie said...

wow dubai looks wonderful :) i really have to visit this city once in my life :)

Bailey Schneider said...

Looks amazing!! I've always been intrigued by the country - I just worry I wouldn't cope well with the heat :/
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Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

STUNNING. I'd love to visit someday!

Gabriel Kaefer said...

wow, these pics are gorgeous!
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Tian said...

Great photos! The shopping centre looks amazing!

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em.me.ma said...

i woudl love love love to see dubai!

Nee said...

ahh.. Sam, I'm so jealous! these pictures are amazing! thank you so much for taking and sharing them. i've heard so many cool things about Dubai, i really want to visit it:) you got to see so many different and interesting things - lucky you! i bet the dune riding was super cool:)

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Danielle said...

i would love to go there someday!

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Diana Marks said...

I'd love to go there one day!

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Mélo l'imparfaite said...

That sounds like a great experience. For a long time I wasn't that interested but a lot of friends told me it was awesome, so now I'm curious !
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Marie Martell said...

Hey Sam! Great pictures! Looks amazing. Happy you had a nice time. Thanks for sharing your experience with us. Is Dubai very far from you? I can't imagine how long it would take me to get there from the US! lol
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Sunny & Star said...

All of these photos are amazing. I can't believe how beautiful Dubai looks. I definitely hope to visit there someday.

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Sakuranko said...

Wow Dubai looks really beautiful.
Maybe I hope visit that place.
Looks really beautiful photographs.
Thanks for shra with us Sam.

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Stephanie said...

I've never been to Dubai it looks really cool!

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erica marie said...

Dubai looks beautiful and those arial shots of the city are just gorgeous!

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Fash Boulevard said...

Ahhhh oh my goodness, I want to go. Looks so beautiful. xo

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We Are MIXT Bloggers said...

It's amazing what kind of place they made of Dubai. Though it's for me a bit too much luxury, I think it will be amazing to visit this place once!

Antee Gurung said...

Wow Dubai is a beautiful city and u r so right...all of that in a dessert... That's quite impressive in itself....I would definitely wanna visit one day

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Alexandra Zakharova said...

Breathtaking pictures, Dubai is an amazing city, everyone should visit it!
Have a fabulous time!

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fluff and fripperies said...

Definitely somewhere I would like to visit, especially after reading this post! Fab photos Sam - have a great week xo

Claire Tyler said...

beautiful photos, they really capture what you saw. x

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Tamara Chloé said...

OMG such STUNNNING photos Sam!!
I sooo enjoyed this post...I am absolutely dying to go to Dubai!
it looks like you had a fantastic time and you sooo deserve it doll!

kisses babe have a fabulous week!!

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Beauty Follower said...

Wow magnificent pictures!

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Ivana said...

Oh Sam, this is the best post I could stumble upon this Tuesday! Life has been really crazy around here lately, and I welcome any opportunity where I can kick back, relax and daydream about faraway destinations. So thank you so much for making me visit Dubai! It looks like such an incredible and dreamy country, full of paradoxes and surprises...I really hope I can visit one day!
PS: I know I owe you an email, and I promise to write you soon: I just want it to be a good one, and meaningful, and I've been struggling with time management lately :) I hope it gets better soon!

Hope you're having a lovely week so far!

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Anouka said...

These photos are so amazing! Would love to visit one day.

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miss b said...

Well, Sam you have certainly done Dubai justice with these wonderful photos showing the contrast between the traditional and the new. Your aerial photos are stunning. You will know from my blog that I go there often and now you can probably see why!!
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Gina said...

Sam, these pictures are amazing. What a fabulous trip full of adventure and what I can imagine was incredible food.

thanks for sharing!
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Diva Desle said...

AMAZING!!! Please take me with in your suitcase when you go on your trips:-)))