A few weeks ago, my mum popped over to Dubai for a quick visit. We have a little tradition that whenever she comes to Dubai, we splash out on a delicious afternoon tea!
This time we chose The Palace Downtown, which we have been to before. We actually used to get 50% discount with our Emirates card but unfortunately the discount has gone down to 20% now which is a shame!
Mum and I arrived a little early, so strolled around Dubai Mall first, and took a few pictures out by the fountain lake. The weather was a bit crazy with lots of stormy days and rain, which was not exactly what mum was hoping for!
A few days ago I popped over to the new area of City Walk in Dubai. It’s also called City Walk Phase II, as it’s an extension (that’s still undergoing some construction) of the original area full of shops, cafés and restaurants.
My friend Sebastian picked me up and we drove over, parking the car in the huge parking area underground. Our mission was to find coffee, but first we had a long stroll around the area, which is built up with lots of pretty sculptures and interesting murals.
I’d like to try and feature a few more places in Dubai, as it’s becoming even more of a cultural hotspot, and new cafes and restaurants are opening every day. There are so many new places planned for this year alone, and I’m excited to see the city transform when the Dubai Canal is finally finished. It’s such a huge project but I’m hoping it will be well worth the traffic jams now when it’s finally unveiled!
As well as that there are plenty of up and coming new areas, such as the City Walk expansion and the Opera House, which will be showing theatre productions, concerts, exhibitions and opera of course.
One place that I’d been meaning to try out for quite a while is The Hamptons Cafe. It’s actually been open for almost 2 years, but I just haven’t got round to visiting.
Located along Jumeirah Beach Road, it’s hard to miss when you pull up, as it’s covered in beautiful flowers and plants and has a gorgeous front terrace area, with beachy style sofas to relax in.
As my 3 years in Dubai are creeping up, it was time to renew my contract, and along with it, my visa. Since this can take a few days at a time, I was rostered 3 days off in a row, and after swapping some flights, I had a nice little string of days off…perfect for a visit from my mum!
She flew out from Vienna and arrived late evening, just time to have a nice cup of tea on the balcony. Certainly makes a change from the chilly Austrian autumn weather!
After a long breakfast on the balcony (now Dubai has finally started to cool down I couldn’t be without my balcony!) we decided a trip to the beach was in order.
We drove down to the public beach which is not too far from my apartment, and set up camp….quickly realising we should have brought a beach umbrella!
Part 2 of Lizzie and Jarett’s stay here in Dubai is here!
After some tasty cocktails at a great little rooftop bar just across the street from mine (Level 43 Sky Lounge, at the Sheraton Four Points) we were ready for an early night.
Because we had an early start the next morning…. off to Abu Dhabi!
We decided to get the bus as although I have a Dubai driving license I still haven’t driven here and it’s only 25 dhs each way per person on the bus (around 5 Euros).
Our first stop was a visit to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.