Part Two of our honeymoon was all about relaxing, swimming and great food. We just love Dubai and everything about it. The food scene, the climate, the cosmopolitan lifestyle, the architecture and the fact that they love luxury – everything is gold, glittery and overly luxurious and who doesn’t love that? Especially for the honeymoon. But as you know we are not made for lying around all day – so we drove to Abu Dhabi to see the Sheikh Zayed Mosque which was a 1.5h drive but worth the trip. We have been to Dubai several times but never made it to the mosque. This time I just had to see it. In Iran ( Honeymoon Part 1 )we also saw lots of old historic mosques and old palaces but this mosque is totally different – for starters it is brand new. It opened in 2007 after building it for 11 years – WOW. It is such a massive building and who would have guessed it – it is GOLD and white and the architecture is simply stunning. I just had to use it as a location to shoot my outfit. ( Coming soon )
But now back to Dubai. Dubai is the fastest changing city on the planet. The city flourishes and is home to many many expats who just enjoy being in Dubai because of the economy, the infrastructure, the location, the choice of foods, the weather, the taxes and the easy living. And as a tourist you have the best resorts with direct beach access and a lovely sunny summer which this year is quite rare in Europe. We had between 32 and 38 degrees and just loved our time in Dubai. In fact we did not want to leave. Our favourite Hotel is the Mina’ A Salam which belongs to the Jumeirah Group and is owned partly by the Sheikh Mohammed bin Raschid Al Maktum himself. He invests in many projects in Dubai and brings the economy forward by doing so.
The hotel is just a dream! Honeymoon there was a no brainer for us since we love the location, the style of the hotel, the service, the food and the view of the Burj Al Arab. You can see the most popular building of Dubai from everywhere in the Resort and it is a great background for your photos too. You will see it a lot in my pics. And a boat brings you through the resort to the Madinat souk or the restaurants. As we were on honeymoon we got the best table in every single restaurant we booked and we were so happy to celebrate so many nice evenings with such great views. The most romantic dinner was at Pierchic. The restaurant is on a pier in the middle of the ocean with a direct view of the Burj Al Arab also surrounded by the sea. It is just picturesque.
But we also spend time outside the hotel – we had dinner next to Burj Khalifa and the famous fountains – also front row seats of course. And we went for proper coffee at Tom & Serg which is newly opened independent coffee shop which also serves amazing food. Yes the coffee culture also reached Dubai – we totally felt at home because this cafe could easily be in London’s Soho.
Enough talking – here are the pics…..
THE SHEIK ZAYED MOSQUE