Hotel Ibis Mall of the Emirates – Dubai Accommodation

Stayed: October 2015 (4 nights)
Room:
1 Queen Bed + Bathroom
Overall Rating:
 8/10

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I stayed at the Ibis Dubai Mall of Emirates when I was in Dubai for 4 nights.
For my travels, I usually always stay in hostels so I can meet other people but I thought getting a hotel for the week would be a perfect way to relax and do my own thing. Continue reading

Day 76 & 77 – Dubai to Singapore

The night before I left Dubai, the hotel said they’d extend my check out until 2pm so I could have a sleep in.
They probably knew how much I loved to sleep as whenever house keeping would come I’d always ask them to come back later haha 😴

So I took advantage of this and slept until about 11am. Then it was up to have a shower, wash my hair and pack all my crap into my bag. Luckily enough I’d only really bought clothes in Dubai so I just rolled them up really tight and shoved them into my suitcase/backpack thing.

When it came to 1pm I checked out and left all my bags downstairs in the storage area.
My flight wasn’t until that night so I passed time by going to the mall and spending what little money I had left.
It’s annoying having a night flight when you’re staying at a hotel or hostel. They always get you to check out in the morning which is fine, and you can usually leave your bags with them. I just always feel I can’t do much during the day because I have to be somewhere at a certain time and it all becomes too stressful to do anything.

I ended up going to the airport really early. I think I arrived before 6pm for my 9.30pm flight. 😑 keen!

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I caught a taxi as I just had too much stuff to carry. The train is much quicker and cheaper though. Even though taxis in Dubai are actually really cheap, think my rode cost me like $25 NZD to the airport from my hotel so it wasn’t bad.

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When I got to the airport, I got a trolley and loaded up all my stuff. I’d checked in online already so just had to drop my bags off and grab my boarding pass.

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I was hoping there’d be lots of stuff in duty free as it was Dubai airport after all but there wasnt!
This always seems to happen to me, I always try and save my money for duty free and end up getting there and not liking any of the stores.
They had all your usual stuff like the perfume counters, they had a mac counter, all the alcohol and the same chocolates you see everywhere.
I don’t know what I was hoping for really. Maybe another Victoria secrets store or something that sold all the clothes.
I did grab myself a frozen yoghurt to pass the time and sat down to write a blog.

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It wasn’t until just before my flight I realised that I hadn’t packed any face moisturiser of a face mask for my flight!
Especially as it was a 7 hour over-night flight I knew my skin was going to be drier than the Dubai desert. The ex-beauty therapist in me freaked out and quickly went in search of a hydrating face mask.
I ended up going to Khiels and getting this baby for $44 USD
I was lucky I had USD dollars in my wallet too!

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Quite a bargain considering how big the tub is.

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I boarded the flight just after 9pm and was gutted it was an older Emirates airplane. Just because I hadn’t charged my tablet the night before and my phone was running out of battery. Usually the planes have a USB port but this one didn’t 😦 they just had a plug and mine wouldn’t fit! It was like a European point which was weird for a middle eastern airline.
Anyways, the flight attendant got me an adapter to put my chargers in but it kept falling out the whole flight. The guy next to me kept laughing at me when I tried holding it in haha.

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For 7 hours the flight went really quick. We had dinner and then I went to wash all my make up off and put my new face mask on.
People think it’s weird to do that on a plane but it’s honestly the best thing for your skin. Think how dry and dehydrated your skin gets at 35,000 feet! I feel like my face turns into a prune.
The mask probably wasn’t the best thing for sleeping (Even though it’s an overnight mask) It’s actually quite sticky.

I semi-snoozed through the flight and before I knew it they were waking us up for breakfast. I just had fallen asleep a bit coz I remember feeling grumpy having to wake up haha.

The breakfast was average. Nothing worse than bread that is cold and butter that is even colder coz it’s been fridge. Very hard to spread solid butter onto a cold croissant 😳
First world problems I know!!

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I got to Singapore in the morning and the airport was pretty quiet so customs etc. was quick.
I got an airport shuttle for $9 to my hostel which was like half an hour away.
the NZ Dollar and Singapore Dollar are pretty much the same so it’s much easier figuring out how much money I’m spending over here.

As I arrived at my hostel before 10am, check in wasn’t until 3pm so I dropped my bags off and asked if I could have a shower.
I was feeling all yuck from my flight so it was good to freshen up.

I then went off for a walk.
It was so humid outside I didn’t actually last terribly long.
I tried to find something to eat but nothing interested me too much.
If you know me, you’ll know I don’t like Asian food apart from Thai and Indianfood hahaha! I know, crazy! Why am I in Singapore then you ask? Where there is an abundance of Asian food? I don’t actually know. Because it was a stop off on my way home really 😄

When I got back to my hostel it was about 2pm but my room was ready so they showed me up to it and I settled in.
I was so extremely tired I had a lie down on my bunk and ended up falling asleep like 3 times.
Eventually I dragged myself out of bed as I didn’t want to sleep in case I didn’t sleep that night.
I think I ended up going down to Bugis Junction (the closest mall to where I am) and had a look around there.
I came across this Korean skin Care brand called Innisfree  and smelt all their products.
I walked away with some samples to try before I bought anything so I was excited to use them that night.

When i got back to the hostel i used one of the volcanic face masks on my skin to try and clear it up a bit.
My skin has broken out majorly ever since I went to Dubai and come to Singapore. I think it’s from all the flying I’ve been doing and sleeping in all the air conditioned rooms. 😣
I hate it!!! Thank god girls can wear make up.

It was safe to say I had a very good sleep that night after barely sleeping for the past 24 hours!

Day 75 – Dubai

Sunday 25th October 2015

I actually did something other than shopping today in Dubai!

Well that’s a lie, I went shopping around lunch time and bought some long skirts but I did go out in the afternoon haha.
I’d organised a Desert Safari Tour through desertsafaridubai.com
It cost me 205 AED which is $83 NZD so it wasn’t too bad in terms of price.

At 3.30pm I was picked up from my hotel by the tour leader in his 4WD.
I sat in the front seat (best views) and then we went to pick up 4 more people from the mall who was also on our tour.
The other people were 4 American guys who worked together on a boat that was currently in Dubai. They had some free time so booked the tour too!

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We were driven about an hour out from central Dubai when we then stopped at a small convince store so our tour driver could deflate some air in the cars tyres.  They do this so the 4WD’s tyres footprints increase and the 4WD doesn’t sink in as deep into the sand. There’s a lesser chance of getting stuck this way.
The rest of us grabbed a drink and some of the guys got a photo taken with this random bird thing someone was charging people for.

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We had another 15 minute drive along Al Awir Road where we then pulled off to do some Dune Bashing. My Dad always did 4 wheel driving as I was growing up so it wasn’t super new to me but it was still fun. I’d never driven through desert hills before!

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One of the guys in the car was not loving the bumpiness of the ride and proceeded to throw up half way through. 😵😷
Thankfully he got it in a bag and so we pulled over to let him have some fresh air. It was good timing though anyways as the sun was setting we got some good photos done.
Of course I had my selfie stick anyways and proceeded to take a million selfies in the the hopes that at least one would be good.

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Once we’d taken all our snaps, we drove to the campsite where they had camels to ride and smaller quad bikes to ride around the sand.
The campsite was all set up with tables with a stage in the middle and food was being prepared for our dinner.

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While we waited for our dinner, we lined up for the camel rides. To be honest, I wouldn’t have really called it a ride. More of a, hop on the camel, walk 4 meters, get your picture taken and then come back and jump off.
I’d ridden a camel when I was younger in Australia but I forgot how bloody tall they are. As soon as i hopped onto my camel he stood straight up when he wasn’t meant to (he was attached to 2 other camels by a long rope) so I nearly fell off him haha.
Like I’ve previously mentioned before, my phone is terrible at taking picture in the dark so I didn’t really get any. Apart from one below where I’m not even looking haha.

imageimageOnce our short little camel ride was  over, I got changed into something other than my Active Wear for dinner and sat down with a yummy plate of rice, curries and potatoes. It was a buffet style dinner and to be honest I don’t even know what I got given. I just accepted whatever the person at the buffet was offering onto my plate haha. It was quiet dark when we sat down to eat so I couldn’t even really see what I was eating 😦

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We had a girl do some belly dancing while we ate and another guy do some dancing which was nice to watch.

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I  was disappointed we didn’t get dessert after our dinner but I guess you can’t please everyone… 😥
I really wanted to get a henna tattoo so thank god I remembered before we left.
I quickly went and got one done before it was time to go and I’m writing this blog 4 days later and it’s still on my hand. Yay.

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Henna used to be used for cosmetic purposes in Ancient India and to this day Bridal Henna nights remain an important custom through India, the Arabian Peninsula and North Africa.
The henna refers to the dye prepared from the Henna Tree which ‘stains’ the skin and can end up making these really beautiful designs on our skin.

By around 9.30pm it was time to head home. We found our 4WD and drove home with a stop off to inflate the tyres again on the way.
I was feeling hot and sticky and sandy so it was ice cream, shower and bed for me when I got back to my hotel.

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I’m glad I did the desert safari tour. It wasn’t too expensive, the only thing you had to pay for was alcoholic drinks if you wanted any and the quad bikes.
There are sooo many different companies that do this type of thing so I’d defintaly trip advise.com some if you were interested in doing it in Dubai.

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