Sunrise in Dubai
Took my first trip out the country since covid happened. It was an awesome experience minus the guy at the Dubai airport who shoved that swab so far up my nose I can feel the pain right now. The country just opened up for tourism in mid-July and there were no quarantine requirements, but you do have to provide a negative PCR test result taken no later than 96 hours before your departure time. Hotels were very much empty and so were tourist sites. Sales people at The Dubai Mall were extremely friendly and the city was full of culinary delights.
The best calamari and prawn toast I've ever had.
The Buddha Bar had the best ambience.
After spending several nights at the W hotel in Jumeirah, I transitioned to the Mandarin Oriental where I fell in love with the bathroom. The buffet was average in my opinion, but the service was excellent and supposedly the bee's honey is imported from Italy.
On my last day in the city I had to go visit the Dubai Frame. It's probably my favorite landmark in the entire world. The visionaries really just built a frame, no offices, no condos, just a huge empty rectangle. And in the short 8-day trip I managed to squeeze in the Versace hotel for my last night because I love studying branding. Not exactly impressive though, so I wouldn't recommend staying there, but if you're a rebel and break rules like me then it might be worth it to swim in the pool at 6am. I can't describe the feeling, but the panoramic view of the hotel and Versace logo beneath your feet is quite extraordinary.