Dubai is a city at the heart of the Middle East. I used to know the city pretty well but not any more. Even still I can think of at least 5 reasons why I want to go back to Dubai.
I used to frequent Dubai over many weekends between 2000 and 2001 whilst I was living in Saudi Arabia. Dubai was a playground for the rich and the Western expatriate community of the Middle East. Today it has grown to be a playground for the world and with Emirates offering regular flights to Dubai it is more accessible than ever. In fact readers of my blog know I love flying with this airline so I often pass through their airline hub.
Dubai has changed so much since I was last in the city and yet some things are still the same. So here are my 5 reasons to go back:-
The Dubai Sevens is a fabulous sporting and social event. Whether you love rugby or not it is a great 3 day weekend. This year it is being held between 28th-30th November.
In my free time in Saudi Arabia I was involved with the Riyadh Rugby Club. It was a great way to socialise with other expatriates, keep fit and have fun. Each year we’d make our long weekend trip and go to the Dubai Exiles club to watch the Dubai Sevens. There were many international teams of top quality players including England, Scotland, France, Australia and New Zealand competing so high quality rugby was guaranteed.
Beautiful beaches and hotels
My first trip to Dubai involved a weekend stay in a hotel by Jumeirah Beach. To be honest this was probably the best hotel I’ve ever stayed in and it had a host of activities to do on the accompanying private beach. With lots of water sports, volleyball, swimming and sun bathing we were never short of something to do on the stunning beach. We also had a good view of the Burj Al Arab Hotel which is famous the world over.
The Palm Island
This place never existed when I was last in Dubai. Today though it is a fabulous landmark from the air. In fact there was not meant to be one but two of these amazing man made islands. These artificial archipelagos (The Palm Jumeirah and The Palm Jebel Ali) offer an amazing wonder of hotels, homes and entertainment centres. Sadly the financial crisis delayed the completion of The Palm Jebel Ali. Even still it is such a unique and exciting concept that I’ve always wanted to see it one day once it is finished.
The Irish Village
Located close to the tennis centre this was always the main place for a big party in Dubai. Full of life and atmosphere this was far from a mainstream Irish pub. I remember many a great night out with friends old and new as we partied away. This place is still going strong which is testament to its staying power in a fast changing city.
The Burj Khalifa Tower
Also known as the Burj Dubai or “Khalifa Tower” the Burj Khalifa is officially the tallest building in the world. At over 2,700 feet this impressive structure is a fabulous sight at night. I’m always looking out of the aeroplane window when flying in/out of Dubai airport to admire this amazing structure.
They are just 5 reasons why I want to go back to Dubai. I could think of many more but these 5 really appeal to me. What reasons make you want to go to Dubai?
This article was written in collaboration with Emirates.