With an aim to treat his parents with a fascinating trip abroad, Abhinav booked himself and his family a 4 nights 5 days package to Dubai that included his accommodation, cab transfers, and breakfast, all at INR 1,02,000/-. Post a glorious holiday, Abhinav gives an account of the awesome time he had with his family in the Middle East.
Trip type: Some fine family bonding!
Duration: 4 night 5 days
Budget: INR 1,02,000/- (land package)
Inclusions: Accommodation, meals (breakfast), airport transfers, sightseeing, cab transfers.
When Etihad Airways gave me some fancy promotional offers, I took that opportunity and decided to take my family to Dubai. I wanted to give them a taste of the Middle Eastern culture and let my mom meet her sister after a long time. I chose TravelTriangle on my cousin’s recommendation who had recently taken a trip through the same portal. He was right, as TravelTriangle’s packages actually turned out to be less expensive than those of other platforms. The agent crafted us a glittering itinerary inclusive of all the facilities we demanded and soon I was off to the Pearl of the Gulf with my parents and brother.
Day 1: Stepping into the dreamy city of Abu Dhabi & sailing on the Dhow Cruise in Dubai
Spotlessly clean surroundings and a lustrous, shimmering architecture all around, are some of the first things we noticed when we landed in Abu Dhabi and took our bus to Dubai. The next thing that took our breath away, was our hotel! The handsome, modern architecture of Fortune Grand Hotel Apartments made us feel like royalty. We settled down to rest in our fully AC, spacious apartment that had not just an attached kitchen, but also a washing machine!
At around 7 pm, we left for our first adventure here- the traditional Dhow Cruise experience. Sparkling with hundreds of lights, the cruise sailed smoothly on the Dubai Creek, giving us charming views of the city from its open air deck. We enjoyed a lavish buffet dinner & some entertaining cultural performances onboard before returning to our hotel.
Day 2: The City Tour- Exploring this cosmopolitan’s crowd-puller attractions & being one with its distinctive culture
Post a lavish breakfast at the hotel, we proceeded for the city tour. We checked out peculiar looking artifacts at the Dubai Museum first, and then proceeded to the Gold Souk market where a sea of gold ornaments on display bewitched us whichever direction we turned our heads to. I pampered my mother by buying her some gold rings and bangles before moving forward to check out the overwhelming height and architecture of the tallest building in the world- the Burj Khalifa.
Next, we found ourselves basking on the golden sands of Jumeirah Beach & taking selfies before the world-renowned Burj Al Arab hotel in the distance. We were so carried away by the beauty of this well-kept beach that we ended up spending more time here that our itinerary allowed. Thankfully, our driver was very cooperative. He brought us to our senses and despite the late hour, agreed to take us to the next stop- the ultra-grand Dubai Mall.
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After a sumptuous lunch and a heart-warming musical show at the mall, we returned to our hotel to call off the day.
Day 3: Taming the tough sands of the Middle East on a Desert Safari tour
Since the Desert Safari was to begin in the evening, we spent the first half of the day at leisure. While my parents took some rest in the room and my brother decided to check out the vibrant Meena Bazaar, I went down to the hotel gym and pool for a refreshing swim. In the afternoon, our driver picked us up for the safari and the day’s adventure began!
For me and my brother, quad biking on those treacherous sands was a truly exhilarating experience. And the session of dune bashing that followed was an even bigger thrill that tested our strength. We strapped ourselves in and tightly held on to the seats of our land cruiser as it speedily slid, smashed, bounced, and did wheelies over the tough sand giving us an adrenaline rush.
After all these exciting activities in the sand, we were dropped off to the desert camps at around 7 pm where we enjoyed traditional performances like the Tanura Show, the Fire Show….and the scintillating Belly Dance that set our hearts racing! We returned to the hotel post gorging on a lavish spread of barbecued cuisines at the camps.
Day 4: An exciting day on the Palm Island: Aquaventure Water Park and The Lost Chambers aquarium
We spent this day at these two mind-blowing inbuilt attractions of the Atlantis hotel in Dubai where the Bollywood flick Happy New Year was filmed. First we took a tour of the Lost Chambers, a huge Atlantis themed underwater aquarium that had fascinating marine creatures on the other side of the glass.
And then, we proceeded to the waterpark to revel in its unbeatably fun rides and slides that people from all walks of life can enjoy. My family had loads of fun at the various rides here one after the other and we found ourselves wishing we could stay here forever. In the evening, we paid a visit to my aunt who lives in Dubai and we all dined at the The Hyatt.
Day 5: Bidding farewell to the gem of the Middle East
At around 8:45 in the morning, our driver took us to the Etihad Bus Station from where we took our bus to the airport at 9:30. We boarded our flight to Delhi with everlasting memories of our adventure.
What we loved: Undoubtedly, the high-on-adventure Desert Safari and the our time at the Aquaventure Waterpark were the best experiences here. Apart from that, I spent some cherishable moments with my family that made this trip all the more memorable.
What I didn’t love as much: We feel our trip was too short and that we should have spent more time in Dubai.
Tips for travelers: Travel only through TravelTriangle for the best experience at the lowest price; spend more time here as 4 days are not enough to fully explore Dubai
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