I haven’t written on Dubai in a while so I thought I would inform about my lovely long weekend with my lovely Mum. When I saw that my January roster had given me four days off in a row I thought it would be silly for my Mum to not come out and visit! After looking at flights as I get a really good discount with Emirates, I got my mum a return flight for £160/900 odd AED arriving into Dubai on Thursday and leaving on the Tuesday.
I collected Mum from terminal 3 at Dubai International Airport on Thursday night and we got a taxi back to my place and had a chat before going to bed ready to be up early the next day. We woke early and headed over to Barasti Beach Bar as its the only place in Dubai with free entry and grabbed two sun beds. We spent all day here and one of Mum’s friends who had moved out here a few years ago also joined us so we spent the day sunbathing and having food and drinks in the sun.
That evening I had made a reservation at Boardwalk which is at Dubai Golf Creek. I had been here a few weeks back and really enjoyed the food and knew my Mum would love it as it overlooks the creek with the boats going past and the amazing yachts parked opposite.
After having some lovely food, I had the mussels and my mum had the fish, we headed upstairs to the rooftop lounge for a few cocktails before we went back home to bed.
The next day I took Mum to the Fairmont, The Palm as it is my favourite place for sunbathing in such a gorgeous location with both a pool and the beach. The hotel is situated on Palm Jumeriah overlooking the high rise building of the marina and you are served your food and drinks from the staff who move around on segways – it’s brilliant.
As the sun began to set, we headed back to mine to get changed and decided on a chilled out evening at the Irish Village where we had a lovely meal listening to the live music.
The next morning we woke up and went to the gym to burn off a few calories as we were heading to Afternoon Tea. Afternoon Tea is my favourite thing and I’d heard really good things about Al Qasr in The Madinat and also about how much food you got! So after a session in the gym, we headed down to the Madinat ready to eat till we’re stuffed.
The views from the Al Fayrooz lounge were amazing and we began with a glass of champagne outside on the terrace in the sunshine admiring our surroundings. We were first brought out some little nuts and nibbles whilst we drank our champagne before they brought out the first stand of sandwiches, hot savouries and little desert items. The food was amazing and we were asked if we wanted more sandwiches which I agreed to, however I regret this decision as you’ll soon see.
We were given a selection of teas to choose from which were brought out in tea pots but with this came a milk and jug stand and on top of this some sweet little pastries.
When we had finished this the next stand of scones, different butters jams and preservatives was brought out to us containing EIGHT scones. Yes that’s right, EIGHT scones!! I couldn’t believe it. There was a selection of plain scones and fruit scones which were brought out warm and SO delicious!
Just when you were really beginning to feel full the next stand came out which contained a mango soufflé, a mango sorbet, some shortbread and little chocolate balls. It all tasted so amazing but I was seriously starting to feel full after all this amazing food.
When this stand had been taken away, ANOTHER was brought out! This time it was chocolate fondue with lots of little things to dip into it which was so cute but I was really beginning to feel over faced with all this sickly food.
And just when you thought nothing else could be brought out, the final plate was brought out to us containing a tapioca refresher drink and a bar of chocolate… I felt like I wouldn’t be able to eat for a week.
Afterwards, we decided to have a wander round and end up in the Old Souk at The Madinat. We had been here in October with my Dad and Sister also and thought about taking a ride on the Abra boats and as we didn’t last time we decided to do it and took a tour around The Madinat whilst the sunset. Just as I sat down on the abra I took out my phone for pictures and saw that my February roster had just come out which was very annoying as I just wanted to see where I would be going but also didn’t want to waste the money we had just spent on the tour! (Click here to see my February roster)
After the boat tour we headed over to the Mall Of The Emirates to do some shopping and show mum the ski slope in Dubai! We wandered round for a few hours before we headed back to mine, not before we called for a quick cocktail at Level 43 on Sheik Zayed Road – really recommend for fabulous views and a really good food and drinks menu.
The next morning was our last full day together which made me really sad, we headed over to The Conrad to use their pool and make the most of our last full day in the sun. It was also 4 months to the day that I had moved over to Dubai so we celebrated with a cocktail (of course) before we headed over to the Dubai Marina for something to eat and to meet up with Mum’s friend Lynsey again.
We had decided to go to The Scene in Pier 7 as it was a restaurant owned by Simon Rimmer, a chef who is on Sunday Brunch a programme in the UK. We had some lovely food taking in the amazing views whilst chatting away. Its so lovely to be able to sit outside in January and not feel the cold like we would back in the UK.
After we said our goodbyes with Lynsey, me and Mum decided to go over to the 360 a bar which is at the Jumeriah Beach Hotel but right out in the sea for one last drink to finish our lovely time together.
The next morning we woke up and I got ready for work whilst my Mum packed up her things and we headed on over to HQ together. Mum wanted to see the building and also have a look around the Emirates shop. We had a coffee together on the balcony overlooking the airport before my mum headed back on over to terminal three to catch her flight back home to Manchester.
I had the most wonderful few days with my mum, thanks so much for coming!! I must also add about the lack of posts recently. I have been on sick with blocked ears for both my Nigeria and Poland layovers thats why I haven’t written about them. Hopefully I’ll be mended soon and back to work in the next couple of days!