I’ve always wanted to visit Dubai but the cost has always steered me away. While researching for flights from Nepal to Turkey I found that my cheapest option was to buy a ticket from Kathmandu, Nepal to Dubai, UAE then use some of my United airline miles to get to Istanbul via Frankfort, Germany. I gave myself one full day in Dubai which was very rushed but I ended up getting to see about every major attraction there.
Only way to describe the city is OVER THE TOP. Tallest building in the world, biggest mall in the world, man-made islands in the shape of a palms, 22,000 dollar rooms in hotels shaped like sails, Indoor Ski resort in the middle of the desert and the list goes on. You can really tell that this middle eastern country made up of 7 city states has a lot of wealth and they’re not afraid to flaunt it.
Most of the day I spent riding around on the Hop on Hop off bus. Sadly I had only one full day to see everything so I only hopped off twice during the entire day to explore. Probably two of the most standout items on my one day adventure was heading up to the view deck in the Burj Khalifa, tallest building in the world, and hitting the man-made snow slope at Ski Dubai in the Emirates mall.
I think if I had more time and more money I would have stayed at least 3 days in Dubai to see everything at a non rushed pace and possibly booked a Desert tour. But at the end of the day I was happy with what I had seen and done and was ready to crash out on my long flight to Frankfort, Germany.