When everything still seemed normal

Day 1 – Dubai

Hello everyone. It’s the 28th of March 2020. I am in London at the moment, sitting in my room on campus and trying to avoid going outside as much as possible. I would have never expected that live would change so dramatically in such a short amount of time. Borders are closed, as well as schools and shops, streets are deserted, supermarkets are empty, toilet paper, masks and hand sanitizer sold out. Covid19 really turned our live upside down. It’s scary. We have never been in such a situation. And who knows when it will end.

But let’s try to stay positive. I guess almost everyone is at home right now. And if not, you should! I admit, it is not that exciting here. Expect doing online classes, cooking lots of food, studying Chinese, watching Netflix and struggling to finish the puzzle I have started, there is nothing to do here. That’s why I have more than enough time now to share my latest trip with you, where everything seemed to be still quite normal.

At the end of January, me and my mum visited Dubai! I couldn’t have been more excited to finally have semester holidays and go on a trip again. Even more excited was I to escape the winter in Europe. But why did we choose Dubai? First of all, we wanted to visit a place where we haven’t been before. In addition, we were definitely looking for a warm climate. Nevertheless, my mum didn’t want to fly for such a long time, which is why Dubai was the perfect destination.

When hearing Dubai, people have very different opinions about it. Either you love it, or you hate it, they say. Basically, everything is artificially made! Nevertheless, in my opinion you have to make your own experiences in order to judge a place. Moreover, Dubai is one of the most interesting cities in the world of hospitality, which is another reason why I really wanted to see it with my own eyes.

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We were both super excited, as it was our first time going to the middle east. I terms of the culture and religion in Dubai, I didn’t really know what to expect. Even more was I surprised when we arrived at Dubai Airport. It took us around 6 hours from Zurich to Dubai, which was an absolutely comfortable duration, considering the other long-distance flights I have been on in the past. At the airport, we already felt extremely that we were in a completely different part of the world. Starting by the Arabic language, the people and the traditional clothing. Men wore long white robes, called Kandura, whereas women wore Abaya, which is a long black dress, that covers the whole body except the eyes.

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After we went through the passport control, we bought some take away food for dinner and made our way with the taxi to our hotel. The ride was amazing! I don’t think I have ever been in such an incredible car. I mean, I am definitely not a car expert, but wow! We really were amazed. Not only from the care ride, but even more from our hotel. We chose the Rixos Premium Dubai JBR.  Our room was so spacious, modern and just perfect. Dubai has so many hotels, that it was not the easiest task for us to choose a hotel. But we were more than happy with our choice.

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It was already very late. Therefore, we just ate dinner in our room, watched some rather weird Arabic television and went to bed.

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The next morning, we could not wait to check out the breakfast buffet. And wow! I don’t remember the last time I saw such a variety in a breakfast buffet. It was amazing. Afterwards we had a look outside to see the pool area and the beach. It was quite an unreal experience, considering that we were the day before in cold Germany. The weather was really nice, however not extremely hot. The week we’ve been here we had between 23 – 27 Degree Celsius if I remember correctly, which is probably the best time to enjoy Dubai.

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For our first day we decided to just stay a in the hotel, relax at the beach and wonder around near the neighbourhood. We walked by some very cute street art and checked out a local supermarket.

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In the evening we headed to Dubai Marina, which was also nearby the hotel. Dubai Marina is an amazing place to have a walk in the evening and eat some dinner. And that’s what we did. We went to a Persian restaurant, to enjoy authentic middle eastern cuisine. I think that was the first time for us to eat Persian food, but I have to say that we really enjoyed it. We had obviously some hummus, home-made flat bread, grilled fish and chicken with Safran rice. Simple, but very delicious.

We had a great first day and were excited for everything else we would experience during one week in Dubai!

 

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