Dubai is, to a certain extent, a destination that defies both logic and, potentially, budget. I’ve traveled through Dubai on my way to Asia and Africa on numerous occasions and never really had the desire for a prolonged layover. I didn’t think Dubai was ‘my kind of destination’. To a certain extent I proved that assumption correct when I finally visited for four days earlier this year (which, by the way, is more than enough time). I think the best way to summarise Dubai is as a ‘marmite destination’ – you either love it or your hate it. For those who think they’ll be on the hate-it side of my ‘marmite-o-meter’ then there’s only one way to truly find out; which is to visit.
A highlight of the trip for me involved heading out in to the desert where I took this photo. If you’re feeling ‘brave’ then you can jump in a 4×4 for some dune bashing, desert safaris and dune barbeques (which also typically include entertainment like belly dancers, whirling dervishes, camel rides and falconry). If you’re prone to a little car sickness then dune bashing probably isn’t the best choice for you; it pretty exhilarating for the first ten minutes but then it can pretty quickly feel like you’re on a small boat in rough seas.