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    Viraj's family trip to Dubai

    With a will to let his parents experience the dazzling Middle East, he booked a 3 nights 4 days Dubai tour package from TravelTriangle that included his accommodation, sightseeing, and a whole lot of fun activities!

    Trip type: A family trip to the Emirates
    Duration: 3 night 4 days
    Budget: INR 89,400/- (land package)
    Destination: Dubai
    Inclusions: Accommodation, meals (breakfast), sightseeing

    I was sitting idly in office when I happened to come across pictures of Dubai on the internet, and I was stunned! I had never imagined that this part of the world was so beautiful. At once, I was struck with a desire to explore this fascinating Emirate along with my family. Though I had always booked tour packages from other portals, I decided to go ahead with TravelTriangle this time, a rather flourishing travel marketplace that my friend suggested to me after his successful trip with the same platform.

    I sent in a trip query on their website and immediately got a call back from their representative Areeb, who elaborately explained the entire trip plan and made even the slightest of my doubts disappear. The next thing I knew, I had 4 different agents quoting 4 different itineraries for my trip, out of which I decided to go ahead with Booking Squad travel agency as their well planned itinerary was exactly how I wanted my trip to be. I told the agent from Booking Squad about my budget constraints and he made sure he crafted my entire trip keeping this in mind while also ensuring I enjoy the best of experiences on my vacation in Dubai. In addition to that, he swiftly incorporated all changes and customisations I demanded him to make even if they came at the most random times!

    Once the smooth booking formalities were met and the payment was through, we packed in our summer wear and boarded our flight for Dubai, the Pearl of Gulf!

    Day 1: Sailing through the shimmering skyscrapers of Dubai on a lavish Dhow Cruise

    Dining at a restaurant in Dubai

    Our flight landed in Dubai at 2 pm, post which we were dropped off to our hotel. Fortune Pearl Hotel, against what we saw in pictures, was a classic example of luxury. The hotel is equipped with fully furnished rooms with the most lavish arrangements, 2 restaurants serving some of the finest cuisines, 4 bars, and a pool. Besides this, some chic malls and the Deira Gold Market are at a walking distance from here, which was like a cherry on the cake! After some shopping, we had a delicious lunch at a Pakistani restaurant and then we returned to our hotel at about 4 pm. At 6, we boarded our Sit-In-Coach for the Dhow Cruise.

    Sailing on a shining Dhow Cruise

    Decorated with a zillion twinkling lights, the traditional Dhow Cruise is a charming experience to start the Dubai tour with. Aboard the cruise, we witnessed various cultural performances and had a lavish dinner on their open air deck while the cruise sailed over the Dubai Creek river and through shimmering cityscapes. Apart from the alluring performances and sumptuous fare, we also enjoyed the downright grand treatment we were given by the hospitable staff onboard. Once the cruise ride was over, another coach dropped us back at our hotel at about 10 pm.


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    Day 2: Checking out Dubai’s stunning attractions and driving over the fierce, untamable Arabian desert

    the stunning Jumeirah Mosque

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    Post breakfast, we were to board another coach for the Dubai city tour. Since we wanted a smaller, private coach or taxi for ourselves, we conveyed our requirements to the agent. To our utter delight, what turned up to pick us was a handsome little Hummer! My parents were absolutely thrilled as we all got to travel all the way from Deira Dubai to Bur Dubai in such a lavish vehicle of our own! Our city tour commenced at 1 pm and we were first taken through the Al Fahidi Fort, the oldest building in Dubai and a prominent symbol of power. Among other attractions, the Fort houses the popular Dubai Museum, an elaborate gallery showcasing the life and history of Arabia.

    Standing before the grand Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai

    Next we visited the Jumeirah Beach and were enthralled by its beauty. Spotlessly clean, the beach was way better than what we have in destinations back home like Goa. And right where the golden sands met the strikingly azure seas beyond, was the architectural wonder- Burj Al Arab hotel. After clicking many pictures here and enjoying the beauty of the entire landscape to our heart’s content, we proceeded to Palm Island. A man-made island created in the shape of a palm, the Palm Island is a treat to the eyes from every angle and looked way better in reality than it did in the pictures! We clicked several pictures at the marvelous Atlantis Hotel before returning to the mainland at around 2 pm.

    Standing in the vast, golden Arabian desert for our Desert Safari tour

    At 3:30 pm we were picked for the Desert Safari tour. The driver of our land cruiser was excellent at the wheel and extremely skillful. He drove us around various attractions on the desert with ease before getting us to safari camp. We had tea and snacks and then proceeded with the first activity- Dune Bashing. Against our fears and skepticisms, it turned out to be an utterly exhilarating and crazy experience, something that I failed to find in India. At a point during the activity where we got stuck in the sand, the mix of fear and stimulation we encountered was enough to get our adrenaline pumping. And to my surprise, even my mom had a huge smile on her face throughout the entire gig. A trip to Dubai is an absolute must for everyone purely for this one experience!

    Enjoying the Desert Safari tour

    Apart from dune bashing, people were also engaging in activities like camel safari, smoking sheesha, taking pictures with eagles perched on their arms, and quad biking. Later, we were escorted to a camp area where we enjoyed a luxurious barbecue dinner with a fine selection of Arabic cuisine. The arrangement was highly commendable and the food too tasted excellent. While dining, we also enjoyed various cultural performances like the Tanura Dance, Fire Show, and Belly Dance. After making some exciting memories on the Sahara Desert, we were dropped off at our hotel at 10:30 pm in a jeep.

    Day 3: Wandering in gleaming white mosques and riding ferraris in Abu Dhabi

    Standing under the eminence of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque

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    We had a hearty breakfast and proceeded for the city tour of Abu Dhabi at 9 am in a Sit-In-Coach. Upon reaching Abu Dhabi, we were first taken to the Date Market that had the best quality dates I had ever tasted! After purchasing an enormous stock of dates and Arabic coffee, we proceeded to the city and commenced our tour. We first went to the Emirates Palace, a true masterpiece showcasing Arabian culture, and then to the picture-perfect Sheikh Palace, the house of the ruler of Abu Dhabi. Later, we visited the most wondrous attraction studded like a pearl on the landscape of Abu Dhabi- the Sheikh Zayed Mosque.

    Checking out the jaw dropping architecture of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque

    One needs to dress decently (loose fitting, knee length clothing with arms and head covered) while visiting this mosque, especially ladies, or you won’t be allowed to enter. When I realised this I was thankful my mother was wearing a salwar kameez! Sheikh zayed mosque is a remarkable epitome of luxury with an impressive blend of ancient and modern Arabic architecture. It’s scenic, pearl white outlay is sure to steal your heart, and the interiors, are even more beautiful. The three main solid gold chandeliers it houses are the largest in the world, along with the single, seamless carpet woven with into amazing designs and patterns. After spending some time inside this marvel, we had a delicious Indian meal at a nearby Indian restaurant and then moved inside Ferrari World for which our guide had given us passes.

    Riding ferraris and rides at Ferrari World

    I had not wanted to include Ferrari World at the time of booking the trip as I felt my parents wouldn’t be able to enjoy something like this. But since the tour agent insisted, I went ahead with it, only to realise later that he was absolutely right. My parents were ecstatic! With their wide range of attractions, rides, and live acrobatic shows, we were spoilt for choice. We surely wouldn’t have wanted to miss something so enlivening on our holiday in Dubai. At about 6:30 pm we were back at the bus stop where our bus awaited us. Halfway back to our hotel, we met our relatives who took us an excellent place for dinner. Post that we came back to our hotel and retired for the night.

    Day 4: Witnessing a hypnotising fountain show & gazing at glistening cityscapes from the top of the world’s tallest building

    spending some time inside the Dubai Mall

    We spent the day packing and resting as we were to leave this night. In the evening we went to Dubai Mall. The mall is extraordinarily massive and has almost one could possibly buy in terms of fashion, gadgets, food, & more. Since we didn’t want to purchase anything, we moved straight to the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo that it houses. Contrary to the rest of the mall, this place has an entirely different, otherworldly feel to it, unlike any other aquarium we had ever seen. Walking amidst and looking at queer, colourful species of the world under water was simply amazing.

    Chekcing out more nearby Dubai attractions

    Then we went outside to witness the Musical Fountain, which was another mind blowing experience. We stayed there for about 15 minutes along with the huge crowd present there of travelers belonging to different nations simply gazing at the wonderful display before us. Later, we went over to the 124th floor of the Burj khalifa. The 360 degree bird’s eye views of city from this height was overwhelming. And soon enough, another round of the Musical Fountain show had started, so we got to enjoy its aerial view along with watching all its mechanisms working underwater.

    Witnessing awesome cityscapes from atop the Burj Khalifa

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    Once we got into the lift to return to the ground, some European travelers mistook us to be a part of their group and instead took us with them to the 148th floor. It was, however, more of an opportunity for us than a ‘misunderstanding’, as we now got to view the city from the 148th floor! Once we were down, laughing away about our pleasant little ‘accident’, we found our relatives waiting for us. We had dinner with them before being dropped off to the airport, from where we boarded our flight back home.

    Cherishing the moments spent on the Dubai tour

    Dubai had delightful surprises for us at every turn, and we cherished each moment we spent in this most beautiful land. I hope to return there soon and explore more that the Middle East has to offer!

    What I loved: The hotel; Jumeirah Beach, Deira Market, dune bashing and barbecue dinner during Desert Safari tour; Ferrari World; Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Dubai Aquarium, and our time up at Burj Khalifa.

    What I didn’t love as much: Nothing as such.

    Tips for future travelers: Make sure to carry water with you everywhere you go, the heat can be merciless.

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