As you may have seen from my spamming on Instagram I was in Dubai for a long weekend. The trip was booked as a surprise by my husband, and I still can't quite believe he made it happen. I flew out to meet my sister and friend who had already been in Dubai for a few days, I didn't have much notice so cue the ordering of 752102848 things from ASOS and a spray tan at my house the night before I left. I never imagined I would be SO excited about a flight: 8 hours all to myself watching films, napping and eating?? THE DREAM.
I have spent a fair amount of time in Dubai as our close friends lived there for a few years so I need to give them credit for most of the recommendations below. Dubai is an amazing place to go as a family, in fact we went when Bella was just 6 months old...but this trip was definitely more of a party one. I have rounded up a few of the things we did and some of my outfits are linked below if anyone is interested.
There are a million accommodation options in Dubai, my sister and friend had been staying in the new Rixos hotel down on JBR, but once I arrived we moved into an apartment in the marina from airbnb. They thought a large, spacious two bed, three bath apartment was a better option than the three of us in one hotel room and less expensive too.
Also, as we had brunches and meals planned we were just sleeping and getting ready in the apartment and then jumping in taxis to various places so a hotel's facilities would have been somewhat wasted. It's all down to preference really, if I was travelling with Phil and Bella I would prefer to be in a hotel with pool and restaurants on my doorstep, but this was obvioulsy a different kind of trip. Our apartment did have a pool but we only used it for about an hour one morning as we were too busy partying!
WHAT WE DID
Drinks at 360 bar
I arrived Thursday evening we headed down to the Jumeriah beach hotel for a few cocktails at 360 bar, the views of the iconic Burj Al Arab are to die for. It's built out on the water with a balcony the whole way around, hence the name.
The top I wore that night is from Elle Belle Attire (link below) a local boutique run by sisters, they have some fab pieces that really stand out. If you want GLAM they are your girls!
It was supposed to be a 'quiet night' but we ended up in the restaurant next to our apartment block at 3am scoffing pizza and chips #classy.
Brunch at Al Qasr
Fridays in Dubai are all about brunch and I think Al Qasr is known to be one of the best, our friends used to take us to this one so we went along. It's about £120 for unlimited food and drink of an incredible standard, we're talking any cuisine you can think of, they even had lobster. There are cocktail stations for whatever your preferred tipple may be. This is such good value as eating and drinking out in Dubai is extremely expensive even by London's standards, you have about 4 hours so pace yourself and make the most of the amazing food.
I got the dress I wore to brunch from ASOS (linked below), I ordered SO much and most of it looked awful but I tried this on and absolutely loved it. It's a bit different to what I would normally wear but I got a few compliments which was nice. The thick material made me feel secure and I thought it as pretty flattering which is always a bonus. I paired it with some Jimmy Choos from a few years back (similar linked below) and my Whistles pouch which was a lovely 30th birthday gift from my ladies accessories team back when I was buying, they even had it embossed with my initials.
After brunch we got on a gondola down to the Madinat (always a miracle when nobody falls in the water post brunch) for a few more drinks at Bahri Bar. The views of the Burj Al Arab are some of the best in my opinion.
Brunch at Zero Gravity
On saturday we went to another brunch at Zero Gravity, this time it was a pool party style, new to me in Dubai and so much fun!
It was around £50 which again is amazing value, the food was not of the standard of Al Qsar but it was less than half the price of that. Don't go to brunch at Zero gravity if you fancy a chilled day, it gets pretty rowdy (you may have seen a video on my Instgram story). Also get there by about 10.30 if you want a sunbed!
We stayed late enough to watch the sunset and headed home.
Since having Bella I am bit more of a cossie girl as opposed to a bikini, especially in this environment where I was eating all day. I tried on SO many but found this in Topshop and loved it so much I didn't even bother with the 5 others I had taken into the fitting room.
We also headed to WHITE Dubai and I don't think there is more of an impressive location for a nightclub than on top of the Meydan race course. It opened at 11pm and had free drinks for ladies until 1am. Ladies' nights are very common in Dubai, if you plan your stay right you could probably get away without buying any drinks at all.
Such an impressive nightclub, just look at the view:
As I knew the venue was SUPER glam I was a bit stuck as to what to wear as I don't really buy many 'going out' clothes anymore. My sister and friend talked me into wearing this old Zara number, I thought it was too short BUT as it's actually a playsuit with shorts under the skirt I felt pretty comfortable. I also go by the rule that you can wear a short skirt if your boobs aren't out, my spray tan gave me the extra confidence to wear it too.
So that was most of our itinerary. I was only there a few days and there is obviously loads more to do, I think you could live in Dubai for a year and still not tick off all the hotspots. When we've been before we visited the waterpark at the Atlantis which was a fab day out. Another time we visited the Burj Khalifa (tallest building in the world) with Bella when she was just 6 months old.
It was such a fun few days and so far removed from my normal day to life at home with Bella. An amazing life style to live for a couple of days but I know where I'd rather be full time...
Bye for now Dubai, see you next time X