Our layover in Dubai and how you should not plan it. If you’re looking for a useful guide- keep looking.
I think Dubai is not the best city to visit after a night at the airport at the beginning of September. Especially if you’re not a big city lover. It’s so hot in Dubai, I don’t understand how the people living there can be used to it, because it’s hot as hell.
First, we wanted to go to Burj Khalifa, which is actually quite easy to reach by underground, but we ended up in the Dubai mall, which is hell for someone who doesn’t like malls.
The shopping center is bigger than the village I live in, I swear.
And finding a way out? It takes a while, and you walk really a lot, it’s a great strategy for how to keep people inside actually.
However, after a while that felt like an eternity we managed to get out by the Burj Khalifa. It’s high, yeah. That’s it.
I’m sure the Dubai Miracle Garden is cool, but unfortunately, it’s closed during summer, no wonder. I’m surprised that there are even palm trees in that city.
From Burj Khalifa we wanted to go to the beach by the cool famous building Burj Al Arab. Because we are adventurous and didn’t think much, we decided to get to the beach using public transport. We asked like ten people about our bus and nobody seemed to know, but in the end, we managed to get the bus we wanted, got out, and into another bus.
Unfortunately, we found out that there is no beach, I don’t know why google led us there but there was nothing, so we took a taxi to another beach on google maps.
It was literally just a road with a bit of sand on it, private property. Thanks google.
Nevertheless, we managed to get to Jumeirah Beach to see the sunset, happy end! But really, I highly recommend you to use only taxis and underground because it’s not worth it. The taxis weren’t even so expensive as we expected.
On the beach we met our couchsurfer who took us to his apartment where we cooked together and before we went back to the airport we went to a bar.
This was definitely the best part of our short visit in Dubai so I highly recommend you to hang out with a local, Couchsurfing is really popular in Dubai so I’m sure you’ll find someone.
Dubai is one of the cities I don’t need to visit again. Sure, we spent just a few hours there, it wasn’t planned well and it was hot as hell, but I think it’s just not my kind of destination.