BOY, were we wrong about that!
Sorry for the crazy detail, but thought I'd give you a more realistic look at travelling with kids;)
Finally reached the Dubai Airport...we rushed to get our bags and avoided any delays shopping at duty free. We had our airport transfer to catch, he was only going to wait an hour at terminal 1. Terminal 1 as it turned out was a ridiculous walk from where we presently were, and it didn't help that we forgot to pack strollers for the kids.
|Dubai Airport- the bits we could see;)|
We quickly caught hold of the airport shuttles waiting outside and got to Terminal 1..only to find that our airport transfer wasn't there at all. Aware of the Arabian heat and humidity despite being Winter, we were exhausted and opted for a taxi instead.Petrol in Dubai is cheap and taxis are a dime a dozen, ac blasting, safe, comfortable and neat...I was wishing the taxi situation was the same in South Africa..maybe if they feared getting their body parts cut..lol..dark humour..sorry.
The hotel looked somewhat majestic with old fashioned luxury. We had breakfast while our rooms were pepared, we were about and hour early for check in. Breakfast was included with accomodation. The breakfast area was comfortable and had both sofa and chair seating with two indian cooks spinning dosas and preparing omelettes and fried potatoes. We readily noticed the very 'Indian' cuisine!...perfect!
|The Regent Palace Hotel|
It was then Jummah time, so we headed back to the hotel whilst my husband visited the local masjid.
We then trekked back to Bur Juman and ate at Hetam Lebanese cuisine with a great view of the mall's water features. I loved it, I had the yoghurt lamb and you could taste the open fire cooking alot like braaid meat.Take out or restaurant meals are quite pricey and portions much smaller compared to South Africa and food takes much longer to be prepared. You can tell I live in Gauteng where people want and get their food prepared in 5mins.
|One of the two water features of the Bur Juman mall|
|View from 3rd floor of Bur Juman Shopping Centre|
We explored for a while. Bur Juman is quaint yet stunning and renowned for its exclusive boutiques. Most of the shops were designer labels ranging from Dior, Versace, Saks 5th Avenue, DKNY and even Victoria's secret. I also found out that Tag Heuer's most affordable watch is around 1400 dirhams and the most expensive being a jaw-dropping 400 000 dirhams. I have to say though the branded trainers we love in SA are so affordable there and they have the latest ranges as soon as they come in. You can easily pick up Nike, Reeboks, Sketchers at R150-R200 for relatively new styles.
|Hetam Lebanese cuisine restaurant|
That was it for us, needed a well deserved rest....until day 2...