This is going to be the final instalment of my mini “Staycation Series”!
As you may remember, my sister Lizzie and her boyfriend Jarett came to stay with me in Dubai. Lizzie had visited Dubai before (but not for quite a few years!) and it was Jarett’s first time visiting, so we tried to make the most of it and do/see as much as we could squeeze in!
On their last day, we decided to visit a lovely part of Dubai that we still hadn’t had time to see – the Marina!
The Marina is a really nice part of Dubai. It’s full of crazy skyscrapers, and since it’s mostly Western expats, there are lots of nice cafes, restaurants and bars. It’s also one of few “walking-friendly” areas in Dubai, as there’s a path all along the waterfront.
We strolled along enjoying the lovely sunshine, and decided to stop at Pain Quotidien for a coffee.
Jarett is ready for his coffee! ^ 😀
The weather was beautiful (as it tends to be 95% of the time in Dubai!) so we sat outside enjoying the sunshine for a while.
We hadn’t brought any towels with us as we didn’t plan on being at the beach for long, but L & J both had their bikinis/swimming shorts.
We walked across the bridge to JBR beach, which has recently been renovated and is now a really nice beachfront with plenty of green spaces, cafes, shops and play areas for children. Not to mention of course the beach itself, with plenty of sandy stretches to relax on!
Lizzie and Jarett both went for a swim in the sea, but the water was still a bit too cold for me. I’ve definitely been spoilt living in the Middle East!
We then headed off back to the apartment. L & J had been wanting to try out “Ravi” restaurant ever since they read about it in the 25 things to do in Dubai for a Dirham article I’d sent before they arrived. They dropped off their stuff at my place and drove on down to Satwa for some lunch at the restaurant. It’s a Pakistani place that’s quite famous in Dubai as it has been around for so long, and still remains as cheap and tasty as 25 years ago! They actually walked back after lunch, including a stretch along Sheikh Zayed Road, which I wouldn’t recommend unless you have a death wish!
While they were out at lunch, I was busy whipping up some dessert for us all. My flatmate Kirsty’s fiancé Dan was over from Hong Kong, so we decided to all cook dinner together on their last night!
We all enjoyed a lovely dinner together, and all too soon it was time for Lizzie and Jarett to head off to the airport!
Luckily the flight wasn’t completely full, so I saw them off on their way to the next adventure – Italy!
Thank you so much L & J for coming to visit – I hope you enjoyed your stay! 🙂