Today Anna tells us all about her hometown Dubai where she has lived for the past 2 years! I was so excited for this interview as I’d love to travel to Dubai one day! Anna keeps a blog www.annajustgofly.com where she talks about not only her experiences living in Duba but also her worldwide travels from Mexico to Nepal to Kenya!
Where are you living?
I am currently living in the desert! In Dubai, UAE, but I am originally from Austria.
Tell us about yourself?
My name is Anna and I am working as a flight attendant for a Dubai based airline. I have been working and living in Dubai for 2 years now and have been on many an adventure since then. Of course, my primary passion is traveling around the world but just a few weeks ago I started blogging as well.
I love inline skating and badminton and I would like to have a guinea pig farm one day! I love guinea pigs!
What is your favourite thing about Dubai?
What I love about Dubai is the international vibe of the city – literally everyone is a guest here! Wherever you go you will meet people from all over the world. No matter what hobby you start or which bar you choose for the night, people will be from everywhere.
What is your favourite thing to do in Dubai with a day off?
That depends on the season. In summer it gets really hot in Dubai but you can still spend your day at one of the numerous pools if you are a sun lover and fancy a nice tan. However, there are loads of indoor things to do. For example, bouldering or other sports or dance classes. Dubai is the place for shopaholics as well, but you can expect high prices in the exclusive malls of Dubai. What I find really special are all the different kinds of restaurants you can find in the city. They are truly international and you can easily find authentic, delicious food from all around the world.
In winter I like to go inline skating (it is not easy to find proper places to skate but I have found my favorite spots by now) or go for a run around the new water canal that opened last winter. You can still go to the beach and enjoy sunny winter days. In winter there are loads of organic markets, food truck festivals and beach parties going on. You can also choose to visit Global Village or enjoy your day at one of the water parks.
What in your opinion is the one thing you can’t miss when you visit Dubai?
In my opinion, Old Deira is a must-see place when visiting Dubai. You can take a boat for 1 dirham (25 cents) to cross the river and explore the original, old, ancient Dubai. You can buy a lot of souvenirs, incent and spices – barter for the best prices! I would recommend visiting the Dubai Museum where you can learn a lot about the city’s history. Apart from this, you should definitely join a desert safari once.
One more thing I have to mention is SKYDIVE Dubai. I did the jump a few months ago and it was simply amazing! Incredible views and a stunning overall experience! Yes, it is expensive (2000 AED = 450€) but the price includes a professional video. Plus, you only do it once in a lifetime. Check out my video on youtube!
Any top tips where to go/ what to do on a rainy day?
A rainy day in Dubai is literally a miracle! Go dance in the rain to celebrate! 😉
Interesting fact: In winter a process called cloud seeding is performed in Dubai. This means that rain is created artificially by adding silver iodine or dry ice into moisture already present in the air. I do not know the details about the process but due to this we actually do get rain in Dubai mainly during the months of December and January.
Where is your go-to restaurant , why is it so good?
That is a really hard question – Dubai offers so many amazing restaurants! My favorite affordable one at the moment is the Dampa Seafood Grill. It is a Filipino restaurant that offers seafood served in a special way. They basically just throw all the food on the table (which is covered by clean plastic) and you eat everything with your fingers! You can choose the way you would like to have your food prepared and will be served special mocktails for free with your food! The rice is unlimited and the ingredients fresh and tasty. I actually wrote a blog post about some affordable and international restaurants in Dubai, you could check it out here!
And where do you suggest going for a drink in the evening?
One thing that is typical for Dubai is Friday brunches. Most hotels and many beach clubs, bars and pubs offer this kind of events. You pay a fixed price and get access to free drinks and amazing buffets all Friday afternoon long. In the evening a dance floor opens and you can party and dance with your friends! I have only been to 1 brunch so far but I definitely want to join some more in the future. I went to the Warehouse in Le Méridien and it was amazing!
If you prefer bars with live music you can always go to Lock Stock & Barrels in al Barsha or the classic Stables on Sheik Zayed Road.
The Irish Village features different events and live music as well. You will find some nice restaurants around there.
Is there one thing not many people know about Dubai?
-> Taxis are comparably cheap (when not taken from the airport) which is a surprise considering that Dubai is a rather expensive place.
-> Many people are surprised when I tell them you can actually drink alcohol and wear pretty much whatever you want in the centre of Dubai.
-> The highest building in the world is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. It is a must-visit place when on holidays!
You can read more about Anna’s adventures living in Dubai at www.annajustgofly.com. Or you can follow her on instagram, twitter or youtube. Now I’m off to watch that youtube video – the photo has just blown me away! As always, I love to hear from you! Anyone been to Dubai? What do you think? It’s most definitely on my bucket list!