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Our awesome travel to Dubai [ 10 December 2016 – 7 January 2017 ]

January 10, 2017


img-20170104-wa0008At Safa British School – The best out of 326 pictures taken during our 30 days’ stay in the Land of Sheikhs .

Places covered during our trip this time :  Mall of Emirates and Ski Park , Al Barsha Pond Park, Springs 11 Park , Ibn Battuta Mall , Souk Jumeirah Madinat , Jumeirah Beach Residency Walk , Bounce Dubai Trampoline Park , Miracle World , Butterfly Park, Legoland, Al Qudra Lake , Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre at the Mall of Emirates and Karama shopping . We also went to several dining places of which Tresind  in Nassima Royal Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road , was decidedly the best , followed closely by Pappa Roti at Jumeirah Beach Residency Walk , Yellow Chilli at  JLT  and Bikanervala at Al  Barsha . But the  much touted Eat Greek Restaurant at the Jumeirah Beach was a great disappointment  !

 The very nice house in Springs 11 that served as our home during our stay in Dubai .An elegant property maintained with great care in a calm and quiet locality .                                                                 


Mall of Emirates

The Mall of Emirates – barring a 500-seat Theatre and Ski Dubai ,  lacks the major attractions that Dubai Mall has . Yet, it is well worth a visit . The Mall is expanding and continuously  adding more facilities and attractions , now that it is celebrating its 11th anniversary . The visit to Ski Dubai in particular and ride on  the lift cars in snow is a fascinating experience, although a tad expensive @ minimum 250 Dhs per person . The designer shops are a treat for the eyes and one can find all major global brands represented here . The visitors  are also spoilt for choices so far as food is concerned with dozens of restaurants, cafes and eateries at the MoE . Worth spending half a day walking and looking around at the Mall of Emirates during the visit to Dubai . You can get there via the  comfortable Dubai Metro [ Red Line ] .

Al Barsha Pond Park

Al Barsha Pond Park is a place that does not find a place in touristic places list while travelling to Dubai , yet well worth spending some time in it ,especially with younger kids. It is a huge park, located close to the Mall of Emirates . maintained very well by the Dubai Municipality . Playing areas for children , nice landscaping , cafes and a big pond in which you can move around steering on solar energy powered boats make a visit to the Park a happy and memorable experience.

Springs 11 Park

Visiting various Parks in Dubai , you cannot but be impressed with the immaculate manner in which they have been set up and maintained , complete with swimming pools , jogging tracks, children play areas and even lakes and fountains  in some of them , kept absolutely clean under the watchful eyes of the maintenance staff .

Ibn Battuta Mall

While you shop and dine at the Ibn Battuta Mall  , you can learn a lot about trade in the middle ages, and follow the amazing experiences of the great Moroccan traveller [ 13th century ] that Ibn Battuta was and after whose name this amazing Mall has been named .

Ibn Battuta Mall is in Discovery Gardens area , close to Ibn Battuta Metro Station on the red line . The Mall has 6 theme pavillions as well , Persia, Tunisia, India , China , Egypt , Andalusia , among others .The six themed courts reflect Ibn Battuta’s great journeys through the Far East, Middle East and North Africa. The Mall  also houses Novo Cinemas . This twenty-one screen Theatre also includes the very first IMAX cinema in the Emirates. There is also a Fun Zone for young children . The Mall has recently been directly connected to the Metro Station, with a 24 hour food court .

More than the varied shopping and dining facilities in the Ibn Battuta Mall, one cannot but feel amazed at the grand Persian architecture . A visit to the Ibn Battuta Mall is a great visual experience, not to be missed .

Souk Jumeirah Madinat

Souk Madinat Jumeirah, close to the iconic Burj Al Arab , seemed to us to be more fabulous as compared to our last visit in 2009. More so  because  Christmas celebrations were in full swing on 25th December evening at the Souk . It has everything for visitors of all ages and interests. The shops at the Souk specialise in selling antiques , traditional perfumes, carpets and rugs , essential oils , souvenirs and gift items etc. It was  an unique experience walking across narrow and winding passages . But one visit to Madinat Jumeirah is simply not enough. We hope to  return soon to explore other parts of the 17th century medieval type of structure that Madinat Jumeirah is .

Bounce Dubai Trampoline Park

Bounce Indoor Trampoline Park , located in a lane in Al Quoz 1 off Sheikh Zayed Road is an interesting place to spend time engaging in jumps and somersaults . There are separate areas marked for young children and adults and staff is posted at different locations to ensure safety of people participating in the jumps of all ages . There is also a cafe on the first floor to take care of visitors’ hunger pangs serving delicious snacks and drinks . Highly enjoyable , especially with young children listening to their whoops while jumping .

Jumeirah Beach

All beaches are ” composed” of sea n sand, and this one is certainly no exception. But the views of elegantly lit buildings in the vicinity – hotels as well as residences – take your breath away in sheer amazement . Add to that the facilities at the [ very clean ] beach itself, the designer shops, the wide choice of foods at several restaurants, the view of majestic Palm Atlantis from a distance and the dancing fountains -among others – make a visit to this Beach a delightful experience.

And when you are tired of walking on the long beach and wading in the waters, you can relish mouth licking middle eastern cuisine [ humus/pita ]  at one of the several restaurants in the vicinity.

Miracle World  [ a riot of colours ]

The Miracle World truly justifies its name. You can spend hours here without feeling bored even for a moment spellbound with several flower laden objects in different shapes and designs in  front of you . Nature at its very best and a photographer’s delight as well . Admission is priced at 40 Dhs with children charged at 30 Dhs. There is also a nice cafe where you can savour freshly squeezed fruit juices .  A visit to the Miracle World is a memorable experience.

Butterfly Park

Once you have covered the Miracle World , cross over to the indoor Butterfly Garden from Exit 2. You need to buy separate tickets for admission to the Butterfly Garden@ 50 Dhs per person. A visit to the Garden that has a huge collection of butterflies from all over the world is an amazing experience, more so when butterflies of different hues and colours come and sit on your shoulders and arms.

The indoor Garden is divided into domes that also has few birds such as long beaked parrots as its permanent residents. While departing , do not forget to buy a few affordably priced souvenirs from the nice souvenir shop inside one of the domes.

Al Qudra Lake is a man-made lake in the middle of the Saih Al Salam Desert in Dubai . The Lake, spread over 10 hectares, is home to more than one hundred species of birds including many migratory birds such as flamingoes . One can spend an hour or two here in the company of nature .

Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre

Located on the 2nd Floor of the Mall of Emirates, Dubai Community Theatre & Arts Centre (DUCTAC) aims to contribute to the creative and cultural development of Dubai by presenting and hosting a programme of events and participatory activities for Dubai’s many multi-national communities and visitors alike. The Centre is the first modern, non-profit, cross-community creative  Centre in the Gulf. This flagship project was the brainchild of local theatre-lovers, arts enthusiasts, artists and businessmen.

                                                                       DINING OUT 

Tresind Restaurant – Sheikh Zayed Road  [ Inside Royal Nassima Hotel ]

Dining at Tresind [ Very Indian ] restaurant , located inside the 50- floor Nassima Hotel, close to World Trade Centre on Sheikh Zayed Street, is a mind blowing experience , with some of the dishes , viz. appetizers and juices, prepared right in front of the diners using nitrogen gas cooled at – 190 Deg C. Excellent ambience . Must dine there once if the travel budget allows it as the dishes are very very expensive , food cost going up to some 400 Dhs+ person for a 9-course meal .

Pappa Roti Restaurant – Jumeirah Beach

If you are in JBR area , hanging out with your family members or friends , this is the place to satisfy your hunger pangs with after you are finished with frolicking in the sand . The very soft melting – in – the mouth Buns make you drool in delight . You can have them individually or in combo with a wide range of fruit juices or hot /cold coffees at prices that will not hurt your wallet.

Dining at the Pappa Roti outlet in Jumeirah is a great culinary experience , not to be missed.  There is one outlet at the Dubai Malls as well which is on every tourist’s itinerary .

Aappa Kadai Restaurant – Discovery Gardens

My second time at the Aappa Kadai outlet in the quiet Discovery Gardens area in Dubai , close to Ibn Battuta Mall , this year . As in the last time , I was not disappointed. Bowl shaped crisp Appam with coconut based vegetable stew and spicy cauliflower manchurian and fried light papads to start with,  made my day . Highly recommended for those who prefer food that is light on their stomach as well as wallet. Bon Appetit.

The Yellow Chilli –  JLT

The Yellow Chilli outlet at the JLT is a small restaurant that mostly caters for deliveries. Nevertheless , we could get the 6-seat table that we needed for our family . An interesting experience it was ,relishing delicious dishes turned out by the famed Chef Sanjeev Kapoor franchise ,and watching videos of various dishes prepared by him , with great love and care.

Bikanervala –  Al  Barsha

After spending some amazing time at a nearby Park in Al Barsha , including boating on a solar energy powered boat, we decided to head out for one of the Bikanervala outlets in the vicinity , very close to Mall of Emirates .It was amongst the best gastronomic experiences that we have had in recent times .  Pav Bhaji , Makki ki roti and Sarson ka saag , Kulchha mathhra and Aloo ki Tikki were some of the delicious dishes that we savoured to our heart’s content, downed with buttermilk/badam pista milk.

And finally :


Legoland , located on the Dubai-Abu Dhabi Expressway is one of the newest experiences in Dubai which opened its doors to the public in November last year . Although the admission tickets – priced at 295 Dhs/person excluding the visit to Dubai Water Park – are rather steep, the visit is still worthwhile as there are no more charges to be paid for the rides once inside . Of all the places inside the huge Park , I found the Miniland with miniature replicas of iconic buildings throughout the world as most amazing . There are exhilarating roller coaster rides and boating opportunities , there are cinemas showing movies in 4D , there are several cafes and restaurants with trolleys selling ice creams and popcorns on the wayside to take care of your hunger pangs . And there is the Legoland factory ! The Legoland Dubai takes care of interests of all age groups and, therefore, it must be on every traveller’s itinerary . While leaving , do not forget to buy couple of souvenirs from the shops lined up throughout the Park for remembrance sake . For me and my daughter, it was a nostalgia of sorts having been to the one outside of London, some 27 years ago . The experience was even better this time .

The end of an amazing trip . Good Bai Dubai .


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  2. Veena permalink

    Wonderful write up on your Dubai! Great pics.. I had a virtual tour with these pics and the your description of places! Thanks for this blog

    • Thank you , this is still the structure . Now to enter more text to describe all these awesome places that we had been to ! And would want to add one more picture against each .

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