Monday, July 16, 2012

Emirates First Class Overload: Dubai Layover


Instead of heading straight back to Kuala Lumpur on the earliest available flight a couple of hours after arriving in Dubai, I decided to spend close to 24 hours in Dubai. The main motivation was to go on a desert safari. Despite flying having visited Dubai many times before, we have always gave the desert safari a skip since Lydia gets car sick easily. What better chance to do it now since I'm in Dubai all by myself!

Many companies offer the dessert safari tour - just do a google for it. Most packages include pick up from hotels. Pick up usually happens around four in the afternoon and an hour drive later, the take the 4WD into the desert for some fun sand bashing. This is followed up with a pit stop in the middle of desert for drinks, shi-sha, BBQ dinner and a show that's inclusive of the ticket price.

I booked my trip from and was very pleased with the services. Responses to questions via email were prompt and they manage to re-book me after I realized on the actual day off that I had booked the wrong dates.

Since I was only going to be in Dubai for less than a day, I cheaped out and stayed at Ibis at the Mall of the Emirates. Nothing much to say about the Ibis except for it was just another Ibis - clean and adequate. This would also be my first time staying around this area and I much prefer the Jumeriah area for the beach or Dubai Mall.

Ibis Lobby
Mall of the Emirates


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