My Dubai Travel Diary

𝑀𝒢𝓃-𝓂𝒢𝒹𝑒 𝒽𝑒𝒢𝓋𝑒𝓃. π’―π’½π’Ύπ“ˆ π’Ύπ“ˆ π“Œπ’½π’Άπ“‰ π’Έπ‘œπ“‚π‘’π“ˆ π“‰π‘œ 𝓂𝒾𝓃𝒹 π“Œπ’½π‘’π“ƒ 𝐼 𝓉𝒽𝒾𝓃𝓀 π‘œπ’» π’Ÿπ“Šπ’·π’Άπ’Ύ. π’Ÿπ‘œπ“ƒ’𝓉 𝓁𝑒𝓉 𝓉𝒽𝑒 “𝓂𝒢𝓃-𝓂𝒢𝒹𝑒” 𝓅𝒢𝓇𝓉 π“…π“Šπ“‰ π“Žπ‘œπ“Š π‘œπ’»π’» π“‰π’½π‘œπ“Šπ‘”π’½ π’·π‘’π’Έπ’Άπ“Šπ“ˆπ‘’ π‘œπ“ƒπ’Έπ‘’ π“Žπ‘œπ“Š’𝓇𝑒 𝓉𝒽𝑒𝓇𝑒 π“Žπ‘œπ“Š’𝓁𝓁 𝒻𝒾𝓃𝒹 π“Žπ‘œπ“Šπ“‡π“ˆπ‘’π“π’» 𝒾𝓃 π’Άπ“Œπ‘’ 𝒢𝓉 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝓂𝒢𝑔𝓃𝒾𝒻𝒾𝒸𝑒𝓃𝒸𝑒 π‘œπ’» 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝓅𝓁𝒢𝒸𝑒. 𝐡𝓇𝒾𝑔𝒽𝓉 π“π’Ύπ‘”π’½π“‰π“ˆ, π’Έπ‘œπ“ƒπ“‰π“‡π’Άπ“ˆπ“‰π’Ύπ“ƒπ‘” π“ˆπ‘œπ“Šπ“ƒπ’Ήπ“ˆ, π’Ώπ’Άπ“Œ-π’Ήπ“‡π‘œπ“…π“…π’Ύπ“ƒπ‘” π“ˆπ“€π“Žπ“ˆπ’Έπ“‡π’Άπ“…π‘’π“‡π“ˆ, π’»π‘œπ‘œπ’Ή π“Œπ‘œπ“‡π“‰π’½π“Ž π‘œπ’» π“ˆπ’Άπ“π’Ύπ“‹π’Άπ“‰π’Ύπ‘œπ“ƒ, π“‹π’Ύπ‘’π“Œπ“ˆ 𝓁𝒾𝓀𝑒 π“ƒπ‘œ π‘œπ“‰π’½π‘’π“‡ 𝒢𝓃𝒹 π“…π“Šπ“‡π‘’ π“π“Šπ“π“Šπ“‡π“Ž π‘’π“‹π‘’π“‡π“Žπ“Œπ’½π‘’π“‡π‘’ π“Žπ‘œπ“Š π“π‘œπ‘œπ“€. π’œπ“π“ π“ˆπ‘’π“ƒπ“ˆπ‘’π“ˆ π“ˆπ“‰π’Ύπ“‚π“Šπ“π’Άπ“‰π‘’π’Ή. π’―π’½π’Ύπ“ˆ π’Ύπ“ˆ π’Ÿπ“Šπ’·π’Άπ’Ύ.

Arrival

Flight: We boarded our early Friday afternoon flight from Larnaca airport to Dubai with Gulf Air and had a quick 1-hour layover in Bahrain.

Arrival in Dubai: We landed in Dubai around 8pm in the evening. First thought – “Wow this airport is huge”! We then made our away out of this massive structure and hailed a taxi to our hotel.

Hotel

Five – Palm Jumeriah
Our hotel was situated at the beginning of Palm Jumeriah

Luxe Suite with Sea View

Bathroom
Welcome spread
Glass of bubbly – perfect way to start our holiday
View from our balcony
Entrance of the hotel
Hotel entrance – bright and beautiful
Pool

We arrived at our hotel in the evening and as soon as we checked in and dropped our bags off we were eager to explore the hotel and maybe even have a cheeky cocktail or two.

We headed down to the bar at the beach called Praia and enjoyed a cocktail and of course some Shisha
G&T 🍸
Babe

We were so excited to be in Dubai that we forgot to eat and by the time our hunger pangs kicked in all the restaurants were closed and so our only option was room service – which we were not unhappy about πŸ™ˆ

Day 1

The first day in Dubai started like any other day – coffee and journal and on this occasion a traditional Arabic pistachio-filled date ✨

Morning Ritual ✨

We then headed down to the pool for a refreshing dip in the pool πŸ’¦

Absolute bliss

After a little swimming session we headed down to the beach

As beautiful as it was, we couldn’t stay at the beach as the temperature of the water was one that you would have a bath in ♨️

In the afternoon we hit Dubai downtown area. First stop was Dubai Aquarium.

In his element πŸ’™πŸ 
It was an amazing experience to see these beautiful creatures up close.
Photobombed

We then headed up to Burj Khalifa – tallest building on Earth

The height was dizzying but the view was spectacular
Couldn’t resist some cheesy holiday photography πŸ˜‚ 

We concluded the day with stroll near the Dubai Mall, dinner and fountain show.

Downtown Dubai

Day 2

The second day of our holiday started with breakfast and relaxing by the pool

This pool is goals πŸ₯° 
Soaking up the sun

In the evening we went for a stroll on JBR The walk and met up with a friend for dinner, drinks and of course more shisha

JBR

Day 3 – My Birthday

Our 3rd day in Dubai started early – 4am pick-up from our hotel, just in time to watch the sunrise while riding camels in the desert 🐫🌡

One of my happiest days ❀️
led through the desert by our Beduin guide
Desert fun

And now time for Arabian breakfast in the Beduin camp

Entrance of the Beduin camp
Breakfast

At lunch we headed back to JBR as we were so impressed the previous evening that we wanted to see in daylight too

and more food

In the evening we went to the penthouse bar in our hotel – I say with confidence that this is the best bar that I’ve been to so far in my life! Everything, the atmosphere, the drinks, the view, the music, absolutely everything was perfect!

We wrapped up my birthday and our final day in Dubai with a 5 course dinner in the beautiful Italian restaurant Quattro Passi

Overall, I had the most amazing experience in Dubai and will definitely be visiting again soon!

until next time x
Trip planned and prepared by the expert travel agents at Honeywell Travel. Visit https://www.honeywelltravel.com.cy for more information and bookings.

Awareness: Diary extract 1

This isn’t a guru-type post. It’s not a post where I tell you what you should or shouldn’t do, what you should think or how you should live your life. This is simply a very real, raw and honest account of an experience I had. The experience itself may not sound super mystical and extraordinary but its effect on me was exactly that, mystical and extraordinary.

The reason why I’m sharing it is in the hope that it may be of value to someone out there.

Diary extract:

Thursday 29th November – 3:02AM

What an early time to write. The best time, some people say. It’s when the noise of the world quietens enough for us to hear that inner voice. That’s not exactly why I’m awake though. Β I’m basically having another episode of anxious insomnia… again! I’ve been tossing and turning with no success. Then, at precisely 2:59AMΒ the TV went on by itself, with no image but just a light grey background, bright enough for me to open my eyes and see it and then it went off. And now the red light keeps flashing. This has never happened before. I was startled but I wouldn’t say scared. If anything, I felt a relief, that I’m not alone or at least I didn’t feel alone in that moment. Just trying to figure out what I was thinking about before this happened…I’m not quite sure but I sense that it was a little nudge for me to get up and write about the insight I had last night, well tonight. I was laying in bed with a head full of thoughts and then a kind of wave of clarity washed over me and suddenly I became aware that these thoughts being like a line of laundry, each piece of clothing representing a thought. The image of millions of “laundry lines” just zigging and zagging from every direction popped into my mind. These lines of thoughts are just passing by, they aren’t even mine! That one insight was enough to detach me from thoughts in that instance and see or more accurately, Β realise, that all those “I’m this, I’m that, I need to do this, I should do that” they are all just thoughts. And they may very well not even be mine! – meaning that they are not originating from my essence/higher self/soul. That garbage ain’t mine, thanks! And then I became aware that this awareness that I’m having right now is actually who I am. The feeling I got at this moment can most accurately be compared to the feeling of relief. What a relief! To experience what its like to be you minus the judgements, minus the stupid thoughts going on in your mind all the time… talk about relief!! I think this is the first time in my life I experienced MEΒ and was aware of it. And it was so good, it was so so good! Then, sensing an opportunity in the air, I asked the question, “what is the best way for me to navigate this world?” and the response I received by the brilliant, bright, intelligent, wise and loving self that is ME was “just be present in the moment, be aware of what is happening and simply respond to what the situation calls for and allow the energy to flow”. This makes sense to me as I’ve experienced this flow many times before especially when I’m at work and in the flow of things and have no time to consider myself and preoccupy myself with thoughts about what I might look like or what someone might be thinking about me. I am simply in the moment or more precisely I am the moment. I’m simply responding to what the moment calls for. This is when I do my best work and this is when I feel at the height of all heights! And then, in a glimpse, another wave of clarity washed over me. This time much more powerful and intense. The message was clear and it was “This is what you want! That flow. The feeling of the energy flowing through you. This is who you are and this energy flowing through you is what gives you life”. So I guess our job here is to get to know ourselves really well and find out what gets us into that flow and do that. And when you’re in that flow, no effort or motivation is required. No “hard work” is necessary because you’ve got the energy that creates worlds flowing through you, you’re powerful and you’re smart and you’re creative and when you project all that into what you are doing, that’s when miracles happen. That’s when you are fulfilling your potential and that’s when you’re living your best life!