Yesterday at 6:30pm I landed in Dubai, my first destination for my 11 week long adventure across South East Asia. I decided to visit my brother Daniel here for a few days and it was the perfect way to break up a 20+hour flight to Thailand from Toronto.
Being lazy and loathing travel planning and research at this point, I let Daniel plan the itinerary for the weekend since he’s been living here for almost a year. This way I could get a more authentic and fun experience rather then just checking off typical tourist “must do” things in Dubai. Since time was so short, the motto of the weekend was YOLO (You Only Live Once). No sleep, no jetlag allowed, no excuses. We’re doing it, and doing it BIG. So naturally right after landing we went to Cafe Habana in downtown Dubai’s Souk Al Bahar. Had a few drinks, ate some food, met some of his friends and went home to rest for our 4AM hike to Fossil Rock.
We went to Fossil Rock with Cody and his wife Lauren, two of Daniel’s friends. When we arrived at Fossil Rock I felt like I was in a movie. It looked so unreal and beautiful. As Cody raced for the mountain, Lauren and I casually hiked through the sand. As the sun rose we just took a seat at the top of a sand dune and enjoyed it.
This sand was the softest sand I’ve ever touched. It had the texture of powered sugar and would look like water falling as it tumbled down the hills as we hiked. The only down side to this was that it got in your shoes really quickly and I had to dump my shoes (and socks) at least 5 times! Still, I definitely recommend going to Fossil Rock to climb, hike or sandboard just bring your own board!
After our hike we had brunch at Tom&Serg an Australian owned restaurant with a cute industrial theme. It’s tucked away in a corner of Al Quoz in a seemingly random location. Unfortunately I was way too hungry to take a photo before I devoured it but I ordered a breakfast boa which was buttermilk chicken, sriracha hollandaise sauce with pickled radishes and wrapped in a steamed bun. It. Was. So. Good. OMG. I also got to try a bit of everyone else food and everything was delicious! Highly recommend eating there if you visit Dubai. Check out their website here.
We picked up Kiran and headed to Kite Beach. Since it was the weekend and the weather was good (30 degrees compared to 40+ in the hot summer months) it was packed with people. The beach was huge and so beautiful.
The beach was so full of activity. People were playing volley ball, paddle board, frisbee and other beach games. There were also people flying kites which looked like a swarm of dragon flies soaring through the air (because all the kites were the same colour and style.) Tons of people were swimming in the water and it was just so full of life. I loved this, my brother on the other hand hated it because he was used to no one being there (because of the heat) and having his own private beach with Kiran. Oh wells! I loved it. We stayed until the sun set which was so beautiful and then headed home to rest up for the desert safari in the morning. Check out the gallery below for pics from Kite Beach.