I'm back!!! And if you follow me on social media, you already know I spent some time in Dubai & Abu Dhabi, and I must say I quite enjoyed myself. It took me up until it was dang near time to leave to get excited about the trip, because it's a long flight and most people I've talked to seemed to like it, but not necessarily love it because of the lack of culture you get for the distance. I can see that with Dubai (although I really liked it) but Abu Dhabi is a must for the Grand Mosque alone. I can't wait to share those pictures, but first let's talk Dubai.
I stayed in Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) at the SOFITEL, and I think everyone should stay in this area because everything is at your fingertips. You get the opulence Dubai is known for with cars too fancy to name on every corner, at least 30 restaurants & hotel bars within walking distance, culture in terms of seeing Muslim men and women in full garb, and of course the beach! And not just any beach, but a beach with camels!
This area kind of reminds me of a much more sophisticated version of South Beach with the exception of women sitting around in full burqas in 100+ degree weather, and mostly men in the water as of course the women must remain fully covered in public.
I had planned on laying out on the beach but I didn't have time, plus I wasn't sure I was comfortable given the culture differences, but rest assured if you want to, you can! Just maybe nothing too skimpy. So I stuck to my little feather dress that I scored at H&M for $10 just before leaving and left my bikini for the hotel's infinity pool with swim up bar!
**Simply Chic Travel Tip: Dubai**
Pack and dress modestly. I left all my super short, shorts at home. In fact, I left all my shorts at home and I saved my crop top for when I was out in the desert. There are no rules on how non-Muslim women should dress in Dubai, however you might feel a little uncomfortable in your daisy dukes standing next to a woman in her burqa. Also be sure to keep a pashmina with you. Because it's so hot outside, everywhere indoors has the AC at full freezing blast.
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