Travel Diaries: Dubai–Boat Cruises, Henna and Camel rides

IMG_5380Dubai is one of the world’s most beautiful cities and I enjoyed every minute I spent there.

I was completely convinced that I’d spend my entire holiday cooking and making coconut oil, only to be pleasantly surprised that I was going to Dubai!

My mum and her colleagues were going there on business and I just tagged along.

(Mind you, it was my first time traveling in 10+ years so basically, I was a JJC)

Day 1 : Beaches and Boat Cruises

Our first stop of the day was at the Burj Al Arab Beach.

 


We walked around, soaked up some sun, then it was time to get on the yacht.

The boat cruise was definitely one of the highlights of the trip. There was so much to see. The architecture of the buildings was nothing short of mesmerizing!

Dubai is definitely a place everyone has to see at least once in their lifetime.

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Beautiful view from the boat

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I could get used to this view

After the boat cruise, we went to ‘The Dubai Mall’.

The mall is the 19th largest shopping mall in the world so you can imagine there was much to see. An aquarium, a waterfall, and one of their biggest tourists attractions, ‘The Dubai Fountain’.

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The crowd there that night was enormous. People apparently come from all over the world to watch ‘The Dubai Dancing Waters’ as it so called’

The Dubai Mall also featured a stunning view of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.

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Needless to say, The Dubai Mall is a tourist must!

Day 2: Desert photography, camel rides, and henna

We had a lot of fun on our first day but we decided to turn the fun up a notch with a trip to the safari.

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The Safari was fun, though I almost died, the car ride there. If you think Lagos drivers are rough you’re in for a surprise! I felt like the Adventure Land shuttle drivers were certainly trying to kill us.

There were several things to do there; henna, camel rides, horse rides, motorbikes (and food too) and we weren’t planning on letting the day end without trying almost everything.

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The sunset in Adventure Land

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While we were waiting for the main event to take place (which started at 6), my friend (Wole) and I decided to take a quick ride on a camel and it was probably the scariest experience of my life (yeah, even scarier than the the ride there) which you can clearly see in these pictures.

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yup, still freaking out!!

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at this stage, my heart was already in mouth
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this is me totally freaking out!

After I got down from the camel (thank you black Jesus! Hallelujah), Wole and I took some pretty cool photos with the sunset as a background. These pictures made the trip worthwhile! They came out better than I’d hoped!

 

 

 

Like my heart wasn’t already working overtime from the ride on the camel, one of my mum’s colleagues ‘suggested’ I ‘posed’ for some pictures with a falcon!! I tried to play it cool, but looking back, I should have simply just said no, but I didn’t want to be rude 😩. Anyways, enjoy these pictures of me as I watched my life flash before my eyes.

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The sun went down, we had a few bites, a few belly dancers here and there and boom! We were home.

Day 3: The Local Market
We hit the local market to shop and observe the people.

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Dubai’s population is about 85% foreigners, which explains why there were so many Nigerians there 😭.

The merchants were even speaking Yoruba. It was hilarious.

 

 

 

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We stopped at an African restaurant. I had ofada rice with beans and plantain πŸ˜‹.

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One thing that stood out to me is that everyone in Dubai is so nice! Though the walk around the market was tiring, the conversations and laughs we had made it fun.

 

Day 4: Bye Bye Dubai. Hello New York
Dubai was so pleasant. I loved every moment. But now it was time to go home.
No, no. Not Naija. I’m talkin’ bout New York City!!
I hadn’t been to my hometown in 10 years and I was excited to see what it had been like without me.

Here’s my mama. My beautiful model 😘

 

 

 

 

See you later Dubai! πŸ‘‹πŸΎ

Till the next time!

(All pictures in this post were taken with my iPhone 6)

 


12 thoughts on “Travel Diaries: Dubai–Boat Cruises, Henna and Camel rides

  1. Simple falcon you cannot holdπŸ˜’πŸ˜‚. That henna must wash before you come back o. Cause I might just cut your hand out of pure jealously😭😩. Those pictures are beautiful mehn. And tell me about those silhouettes!πŸ’•πŸ’₯Ehen how was the ofada rice? I bet it wasn’t as good as the one you eat here😌. Can’t wait for the New York post! πŸ˜„πŸ™Œ

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    1. Lmao. My body was shaking 😭. The henna washed off after a week. The ofada rice actually tasted really good 😊. I don’t think I’ll do one for New York. I basically stayed home because it was too cold 😭😩

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