Monday, August 5, 2013


Dubai is the most different place I've ever visited and that's the truth. We had the chance to stop there for a layover on our way home from the Seychelles and I couldn't go without telling you just a little about our time there. A part of it still felt like a dream I was having on the plane. There are penguins in the mall. Penguins! Where else does that happen? Nowhere I've ever been, that's for sure (and don't worry, they are very loved and cared for and happy in their carefully constructed environment, I made sure!). It seems kind of like a city you would build out of legos as a kid constructing outlandish things like a ski slope in the mall next to Baja Fresh with a chairlift and a tubing hill. Things that don't seem like they could really exist, but in Dubai, they do. There's the tallest building in the world- The Burj Khalifa, and there's The Burj Al Arab that's shaped like a sailboat and has a tennis court on top! Even the airport itself could be considered a must-see destination. There are holograms of people inside directing you where to go and shopping galore, if that suits your fancy (I was more interested in the food). It felt like you were in an alternate reality, really. 

We were fortunate enough to have a 23 hour layover in Dubai on our way home that allowed us to explore this fantastical destination. We flew Emirates Airlines which, even though we were in coach, was pretty luxurious. There were TV screens behind every seat with tons of great movie choices (very welcome on a 19 hour flight from LAX) and the food was way better than any airplane food I've ever had. They even had a vegan option and some really yummy curry dishes. Due to our long layover, Emirates provided us with complimentary hotel rooms. Yeah, it was awesome. If not for these accommodations that allowed us to relax and refresh we might have had a family meltdown on our hands after all. I won't forget this layover. It was really nice to stop and see a place I only thought could be created out of legos. 

Have you ever been to Dubai or the Middle East?

This post was supported by Emirates Airlines. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.


  1. Totally agree, it is a surreal place- a bit of a Disney world. Great for a short break though!

  2. Yup!! I just recently had two stopovers in Dubai on my way (and back) to the United States from Tanzania and it was awesome! I wrote about it on my blog, too. :)

  3. I learned something new today I had no idea that Dubai could have winter conditions (yes... very small minded of me I know). My Brother-In-Law was stationed there for deployment in the Navy once but it was during their summer so he only spoke of playing golf and sunshine etc. Clearly he had a really tough deployment ;)

    You are so well traveled.... such a great thing to have in your life!

  4. Goodness, that's a place and a half. I've never been, but I wouldn't say no now, you've made it look very intriguing. And don't you all look adorable in your matching waterproofs, it's such a happy photo!

  5. Wow that's amazing! Just recently I went to Machu Picchu, Peru and it was amazing!! Visiting this place has made me want to travel around the world more and more each day. From what you explain, Dubai seems to be like a lovely place and I can't wait to visit. Thanks for the insight on this beautiful place :) xoxo.
    Ps. I LOVE penguins so I definitely have to go now

  6. Sounds like a cool place! Penguins!

  7. I've always wanted to visit the UAE and it officially just got upgraded to a "must-see" destination because of your glowing recommendation. I mean penguins and indoor ski hills, how cool is that?! (Pun not originally intended, but I'm kind of glad it happened)


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