Meet Ojas Mogrey, a professional working for a Korean MNC, who traveled to Dubai with his wife, Meenakshi. His requirements? An economical yet enjoyable trip to the land of royalty, Dubai. His requests were met as he went on a 5-day romantic holiday, at a total cost of Rs. 59,000 only. The package included his stay and local tours there.
Being our first trip abroad, my wife and I were looking for a holiday that would provide relaxation and recreation without drilling a hole in the pocket. Our search for such a destination came to a halt with Dubai. On comparing our package with other travelers, we realized that TravelTriangle with the help of our agent, Vineet Kumar, gave us the best deal possible. It was definitely a good choice to go with TravelTriangle!
My dream destination currently is the French island of Cosarica! An ideal holiday would be something that fits into my budget yet provides luxury with minimal sightseeing and maximum leisure. Our 5 days in Dubai very much fit the bill and more!
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Day 1 – Cruising on the Dubai Creek
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We arrived at the Abu Dhabi airport early in the morning. The endless immigration procedure ended with some shopping at duty free. We then made our way to Dubai via the public bus. The two-hour journey was smooth and helped us discover the local culture of the area.
Post our arrival to Dubai, we checked into our hotel, Metropolitan Deira. The afternoon was spent relaxing from the exhaustion of our travel.
In the evening, we went on the Dhow Cruise on the Dubai Creek.
It was a lovely experience as it took us for a quick tour around Dubai. The pleasant weather added to the entire experience. We spent our evening taking pictures and enjoying the delicious dinner buffet on the cruise.
Day 2 – City Tours, Fountain Shows and the Burj Khalifa
The day began with the Dubai City Tour. It took us to the various famous sights in Dubai like the Jumeirah Mosque, World Trade Centre, to name a few.
The bus halted at the Dubai Museum, where my wife and I realized that the bus had left without us.
We then had to take a cab to Jumeirah beach. This was a slight hindrance in our visit however, the evening made up for it.
We visited the famous Dubai Mall where we spent a few hours looking around.
Time passed easily as we window shopped and enjoyed each other’s company.
In the evening, we went for the fountain show. This was an amazing experience, where the water, lights and sound synchronized itself to pure perfection.
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The day ended by spending time at the 124th-floor observation deck of the famous Burj Khalifa. The sight was mesmerizing as we could see the entire city lit up in its true beauty from the skyscraper.
For dinner, we relished the Arabic cuisine from the local places around our hotel. It involved traditional food like Shawarma, which was incredibly delicious. We ended our day by arriving at our hotel by 11 pm.
Day 3 – The Adventure of the Desert Safari
In the morning, we wanted to do some local shopping. So we headed to the Ibn Battuta Mall via the local metro, which was a lovely ride as well. The mall was bustling with people and was definitely worth a visit.
Post lunch, at about 3 pm, we were picked up by our tour guide to take us for the Desert Safari.
The drive through the sand dunes was a highly adventurous and memorable one! We also got to enjoy activities such as camel ride and my wife got some mehndi (henna) put.
The evening was the highlight of the day as we saw the belly dance performance. It was very entertaining. The dinner was extremely appetizing as we tucked into some really good Arabic fish and chicken curry. All in all, the day was incredibly exciting and memorable.
Day 4 – Hello Abu Dhabi!
Our day started at about 8 am, as we went to Abu Dhabi. We took the Abu Dhabi City Tour, which guided us around some of the highlights and famous places of the city.
We saw the Ferrari World, which was a unique experience as we got to see the cars they had on display and take some lovely pictures.
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Post that we visited the famous Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi.
The beauty of the architecture left me speechless.
It was so stunning that its visual reminded me of our very own Taj Mahal back home.
We also saw the Corniche road of Abu Dhabi and the Emirates Palace Hotel. We even observed the upcoming construction of the new palace by the Abu Dhabi King. Overall, the tour was very informative wherein we ended up learning a lot about the local culture.
On returning to Dubai, we visited the local Deira City Center Shopping Mall as we enjoyed visiting the international supermarket Carrefour. It gave us an opportunity to do some shopping for our friends and relatives back home. The day came to an end with a relaxed round of drinks back at our hotel.
Day 5 – Back Home Too Soon
Last day in Dubai, we checked out of our hotel in the morning. We visited a few small street shops, which were at a walking distance from our hotel. We were sad to leave Dubai as we got onto our afternoon flight to make our journey back home.
In entirety, our trip had its ups and down but that did not stop us from making the best use of our stay. We returned back from our holiday with some great memories and an overall wonderful experience.
Wow Moment: When I came out from the Dubai Mall on the second day, I saw the sky-high Burj Khalifa lit up whose beauty left me awestruck. That image will definitely stay with me for a long time.
Low Moment: When we had to take a cab after the incident with the bus from the Dubai Museum, resulting in a bit of a chaos.
Tips to Travelers: Go to the destination with a free mind, so you can accept the local culture! Just have fun.
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