Stop-over In Dubai
First time we did it after a family vacation in South Africa and then got the “taste of it” – no schedules, no have to’s, just let’s “enjoy the day” and rewind from the vacation or travelling before getting home!
With airlines providing journey stay-overs at the respective home country, sometimes with special discounts/packages, this has become very convenient. So far we have kept to Dubai for our stay-overs, however friends of ours have taken breaks in Bangkok, Singapore etc. depending on the deals.
Can you relax in Dubai?
Yes, definitely! Having done Dubai sight-seeing during earlier stay-overs, we just wanted a “sea and beach” break! For this I searched for a hotel with direct access to the sea, without the need to be escorted to the beach by a shuttle at the middle of the day etc.
The hotel shuttles are convenient, but their contras are, that you may end up travelling almost an hour to the beach and/or the first shuttle leaving the hotel after 9 – 10 a.m. , so that the half day is “lost” with getting to the beach. Being June, we wanted to avoid the later morning and midday “heat” hours at the beach. Thus, Marina Bay was our choice, and we were not disappointed.
Dubai in June?
With forecasts of 45C at daytime and > 30C at night, this certainly was a concern, but as we were flying through Dubai anyway, we proceeded. And yes, it was hot, however being rather a dry heat, it was more tolerable than the Far East, where we were returning from.
To get the best of the break, we got up at dawn for an early morning swim and then off for breakfast and then Siesta. We stayed at the beach as long as the temperature was tolerable. In the afternoon the temperatures became more comfortable an hour before sunset. It was treat to take a dip into the 27-28C warm water and then come out, feeling the cool sea breeze on your skin.
For food, we chose to self-catering with a general store close by and sticking to light meals, fruits, salads and yoghurt or local foods like Hummus, Tabbouleh, Haloumi cheese, Laban and fresh bread! It was delicious! Luckily water was complimentary in our hotel.
Dubai – at Dawn
Sleeping with the terrace door open, this guy wakened us up at dawn and stayed just for me to take 2 – 3 photos of him.
At dawn: View from our terrace from the 9th floor. The hotel had a beautiful garden and beach, very well maintained with beautiful flora and fauna. For those, who wanted to relax in a quieter atmosphere, the neighbouring hotel had a space designated only for adults, which could be shared.
At dawn: View of the beach of the hotel and the Palm Jumeirah with the Atlantis Hotel at the horizon
I love the contrast between the yellow of the flowers and the blue of the sky
Whenever they saw food, the birds were cheeky! This one wanted a bite from my breakfast, waiting very impatiently!
The lounge of the hotel, always filled with the heavenly scent of Lilies. They served home-made Lychee juice all the time at the entrance.
This Arabic traditional sitting arrangement was a favorite with children and adults – and me!
In one of the next posts, I will be writing about the hotel.
How about you, do you make vacations within vacations?
Do you make stop-overs at the airlines home country?
Have you been to Dubai in the summer? What was your experience?