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Just in case you were wondering...

I am off to Dubai for a short vacation. Back in a few days.

Dubai tips? Things to do? Things not to do? Please write - I did zero planning for this trip and have no idea what to expect.

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Siri said…
Wow Dubai! that sounds soooo much fun :)) Have a blast Simran.

Siri
Sunshinemom said…
Relax:), and enjoy!
Bharti said…
Must do : desert safari, walk near the corniche, go on the abra..hm..I'm drawing a blank.

Places to eat...there are many more upscale places/chains that have come up, but the following are classics, they've been around forever.
Al Mallah cafe at Diyafa street- falafel, fresh juice/tahiti/milkshakes- the choc one is great. Sit outside on the street and watch the world go by.

Meena Bazar- gold shopping and falafel from Persian Cafeteria.This is just a tiny cafe that makes amazing desi style dal falefals. No place to sit here. And it's cheap!

Automatic restaurant for the hummus, moutabal and kababs (but you're a vegetarian right?)

Sindh Punjab- chaat/pani puri/chana bhature etc.


Upscale places

Lenotre near Spinneys in Jumeirah- great desserts!

360 degrees at the Jumeirah hotel- it's a circular lounge surrounded by water.

Teatro in Bustan Rotana- amazing food!

There are a lot of great Chinese places to eat as well but I can't recall the names now.
Have fun Simran.
Anonymous said…
Sorry never had been there,so can't figure out what to suggest,except one thing........................................................................
Do whatever ,but do have a BLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAST
Happy Vacation :-)
notyet100 said…
enjoy ur break,..:-)
Anonymous said…
I missed a few of your posts. Have fun girl! & come back & blof about it.
Priya Suresh said…
Have a great time SImran...enjoy ur trip n come back with a bang:)
Rachel said…
Have a fun time and come back with tales and sights to blog about :)
CurryLeaf said…
WOW,HAVE A BLAST SIMRAN,ENJOY THE TRIP AS MUCH AS YOU CAN AS I PRESUME THIS IS AN OFFICIAL ONE.I ALSO READ BHARTIS COMMENT-DO ENJOY THE SAID THINGS
kitchen queen said…
since I am a dubaite I can give u tips for good shopping, go on a desert safari visit certain lovely malls go on a dhow trip,go for pure gold shopping if inyerested. go for arabic cuisine, lebanese cuisine and so many other cuisines go to the irish village madinath jumeirah.you can visit my blog view my recipes and give ur comments

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