Back to Dubai

     On Christmas day in 2014, Etihad Airlines had tickets from the United States to Abu Dhabi for about $250 round trip. This was obviously a glitch since tickets usually run about $1,000 round trip.  I was one of blessed individuals to take advantage of the glitch fare deal that Etihad Airlines honored.

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I did not take the trip till September 2015 but everything went smooth. The flight was to Abu Dhabi which is about two hours away from Dubai. Once I arrived in Abu Dhabi, I was able to take a free shuttle to Dubai that  Etihad Airlines provided for passengers.

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After the 14 hour non-stop flight from Chicago to Abu Dhabi, I was exhausted!

Below are a few of my adventures during my stay in Dubai…

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Camel Riding in Dubai

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Enjoying the Sunset

The Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the WORLD. It is named after the President of UAE, who is also the Prince of Abu Dhabi. It has the tallest free-standing structure in the world and the highest number of stories in the world.

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Burj Khalifa 
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Gold Souk

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I have an older post that goes into detail about what to do and see in Dubai and Abu Dhabi,  please feel free to visit here: https://aminatravels.com/2015/01/08/breath-taking-dubai/

 

Breathtaking DUBAI

I live for experiences...and Dubai was definitely one I had to check off my #bucketlist. In October 2013, I gifted myself a trip to Dubai and Abu Dhabi. I found a Groupon that I  though was very reasonable. This was my first time buying a “trip” through Groupon but I wasn’t skeptical at all. Within 48 from purchasing my Groupon I was contacted by Gate 1 Travel agency and they were able to confirm my ticket and room reservations. They also emailed me with a very detailed itinerary and I can’t say I wasn’t impressed.  This Groupon was all-inclusive with the hotel and flights and most meals included. Someone would come pick us up at the airport when we landed in Dubai so I figured that was safe…and it was!

I’m not gone lie, I was a little nervous about going to Dubai since I had heard so many myths about how strict the culture was there but I wanted to experience it for myself. I soon began to research Dubai and found it to be pretty regal. Everything about Dubai seemed to be magical. I saw pictures of buildings that were amazingly beautiful.

I took all my pictures on my iPhone while I was in UAE. When I got back to the states, I never backed up my phone and all my pictures were lost when I was doing a silly Apple update…I was C R U S H E D 😦  All my pictures were gone…. I was able to save the ones below off my instagram page and from the email of pictures I sent my mom while I was in Dubai.

Below are few of the main attractions that I witnessed in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. I seriously can’t wait to go back with my Momsi in September! We were lucky enough to catch the flight deal last Christmas through Etihad.


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The Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the WORLD. It is named after the President of UAE, who is also the Prince of Abu Dhabi. It has the tallest free-standing structure in the world and the highest number of stories in the world.

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View from the 124th floor

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About 7 years ago, this was all sand and ruins. Building it’s growth on trade and tourism, Dubai has created a niche for itself and made it’s mark as one of the fastest growing cities in the world.

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Burj Khalifa At Night

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Not sure of the name of this building but it is Indeed a beautiful sight.

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Pure B L I S S

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Dubai lies directly within the Arabian Desert. The HEAT was REAL.