A couple of weeks ago my sister Lizzie and her boyfriend Jarett came to visit me in Dubai. They were passing through on their way to Vietnam, where they will be living for possibly the next year! They managed to time their flights so that we had the whole day to spend together in Dubai.
I landed the evening before just after midnight, so after a couple of hours I went to pick them up at the airport.
Since they’d flown overnight from Vienna, and I’d only had a couple of hours sleep after my flight, we all hap a quick nap at home! They visited last year and we did most of the touristy stuff previously, so there was no real agenda for the day that we planned to follow.
We decided to go to City Walk, which is just a quick drive from where I live, for a walk around and some lunch.
I believe that I’ve mentioned in some previous posts that the City Walk area has been updated recently and is now even bigger, with plenty of interesting areas to walk around in with painted murals, as well as shops, cafes, restaurants and a cinema.
There is also a new attraction that has just recently opened up, called Green Planet Dubai. It’s a vertical tropical rainforest, filled with all sorts of plants and animals. Humidity inside is kept at 70%, although the temperature was slightly cooler than outside!
It’s also home to the largest indoor. man-made and life-sustaining tree in the world (this is Dubai we’re talking about – everything has to be the biggest and the best!) which at first we didn’t realise wasn’t real. However surrounding the enormous tree are a huge selection of real plants which creep and grow all over it.
You enter at the bottom, and take a lift up to the top. From there you work your way down all of the levels, where you can admire all of the different animal and plant exhibits.
There are also birds flying about throughout the whole dome, including beautifully coloured parrots and a toucan!
There’s also a suspension bridge, which is quite a bit wobblier than it looks!
We made our way down all of the levels, admiring all of the pretty birds. We also spotted a couple of sloths, and some porcupines who were fast asleep.
We were starting to feel a bit peckish, so I decided since we were in Dubai, it was only fitting to have some Arabic food for lunch. There’s only one Arabic restaurant in City Walk, Nar, so our choice was made pretty easy for us.
This was the first time that Lizzie and Jarett were trying mezze, so we picked a selection to share. Everything was absolutely delicious!
Our choices included hummus, of course, which is the most traditional Arabic Mezze item, fattoush salad, baba ghanoush, another aubergine dish which I can’t remember the name of, falafel, as well as a lovely watermelon and halloumi salad, all accompanied by mountains of warm pita bread.
Of course we also had to try the delicious fresh lemon and mint drink which is so popular in Dubai.
To round our lunch off, we couldn’t help but crave a little something sweet. Luckily there’s a Hummingbird Bakery just nearby so we took 3 mini cupcakes to go and made our way back to my apartment.
Jarett was the official cupcake carrier!
We made some cappuccinos and sat out on the balcony, chatting and catching up.
Jarett had booked his flight to Vietnam before Lizzie so they were actually flying out separately, so he had to get to the airport in the early evening. We sent him on his way, and Lizzie and I watched an episode of the Great British Bake off on the sofa!
She wanted to go for a swim, so we walked down to the pool and she had a lovely evening swim. Before long we had to make our way to the airport ready for Lizzie’s flight.
I came back home and left Lizzie, hoping that she would get on her flight (she was on standby!) and started packing, as I was off to the airport myself in the morning, to go and visit mum!