To celebrate my birthday, I wanted to do something different. Something big. Something I had dreamt of doing for years.
I wanted to go to Dubai!!
After all, it was my 30th birthday, so it had to be extra special!
And that's exactly how the trip turned out. Unforgettable, filled with so much gratitude and excitement.
As you get older, you learn to appreciate the special moments spent with your loved ones a bit more. There's nobody else I'd rather see the world and celebrate a new chapter in my life, than with these three right here. My family!
One of our first stops in Dubai was visiting it's downtown centerpiece, the Burj Khalifa. At over 2,716.5 ft and more than 160 stories, this skyscraper holds the record of being the tallest building in the world!
The views from the observation deck, At the Top- which is also the largest in the world- provides the most stunning and breathtaking views of this rich city.
Nestled at the bottom of the Burj Khalifia, is the Armani Hotel, the world's first hotel designed and developed by Giorgio Armani.
Everything about this hotel reflects pure elegance and sophistication. I can't even imagine what the price for a room there a night would be . But by just looking at the cars parked outside, my guess would be: outrageously expensive!
Another area that offers picture perfect views of Dubai, especially at night, is the Dubai Marina.
How lucky are the residents that live there? So beautiful!
Everything in Dubai is so grandiose and extravagant. Even their mall is something else. The Dubai Mall is by far the biggest and most beautiful mall I've ever been to. A shopper's dream!
One of the many extraordinary things you can find inside the mall is the Dubai Aquarium.
Yes, an actual aquarium!
The next day we took a boat ride on the Dubai Creek. It was a neat experience to see a completely different side of the city- not just the high end malls and high rises that most people associate Dubai with.
After a 15 mins ride, the boat dropped off us in the north side of the creek called Old Deira, which is located in Old Dubai.
We then walked to the Gold Souk- it was a must.
I was in heaven. Gold everywhere!
On the actual day of my birthday, we got to see the famous Burj Al Arab, the most luxurious hotel in the world!
Unfortunately, the only way you can get in, is if you're a guest staying there. They have tight security all around the premises. And at around $2,000/night, I think we'll settle with just seeing if from the outside.
But, trust me, you can still admire and take pretty pictures from far away... and not go broke!
Later on, Dani and I had a lovely sister day.
We had a sushi lunch date at Katsuya, that had the most amazing view of the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountain.
We were even treated to an unexpected fountain show while we were having lunch.
Dubai has such an architectural mixture of traditional and modern luxury- and it's evident when you tour the city.
We drove to one of the Palm Islands, Palm Jumeirah, but there's really not much to do there since it's all primarily residential buildings. The only thing worth seeing is The Atlantis- and only from the outside- unless you're dinning or staying there, then you're allowed inside.