I recently just returned to America after three weeks and a half of flying. I started my journey to the Middle East June 4 – arriving June 5. During this trip I found myself saying “This is my first time.” which made the trip even more special. Out of all the hundreds of thousand miles I’ve flown I don’t take a trip for granted, traveling for me is something special and having fun with it and enjoying the journey is the most important factor. Where in the UAE did I visit? I visited Abu Dhabi and Dubai, top two powerhouses within the UAE that are growing rapidly in every aspect and I was very excited to scratch those two from my bucket list. I was also able to finalize a partnership with the Abu Dhabi Tourism Board along with the Dubai Tourism Board and I was in for an adventurous trip and really looking forward to it. Special Thanks to the Abu Dhabi Tourism Board and Dubai Tourism Board for sponsoring my attractions during my visit.
On Today’s blog post I will be doing an overview of the upcoming blog postings I will be doing during my visit to Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The trip was exciting in many ways, I was able to cover the major highlights, visit different cultural centers and getting to experience the life between Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Keep in mind, my opinions shared on each blog post will be coming from my personal experience as I share with you all the adventures, with the hopes to motivate and inspire you to visit these two incredible destinations.
Blog Series breakdown – Content to cover.
The Start of the Journey to Abu Dhabi.
1. As an American Airlines frequent flyer and top tier elite – I used my frequent flyer miles for the airfare on Etihad Airways. I booked Business Class on the way out for a value of 67,500 miles and just $7. You can’t beat how valuable American Airlines miles are and the perks of having a hefty balance of them. I locked in this award well in advanced as award space is often limited with Etihad so I would recommend to plan according and be flexible with your dates if you are wanting to fly Premium Cabin wether it be First, or Business Class.
Incase you are wondering – A paid ticket in Business class with Etihad Airways starts at $8,000.
2. I Booked two hotels during my visit to Abu Dhabi and I was excited to visit them as I’ve heard great things about both properties. One of them was the Hyatt Capital Gate which is a World Guinness Record holder hotel and I also booked an SPG property which was Le Meridien Abu Dhabi right within City Center and I couldn’t be happier with my choice as it was an excellent stay and visit.
Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi
Le Meridien Abu Dhabi
3. During my quick visit to Dubai – I stayed at another SPG property in Downtown Dubai known as the Four Points Sheraton which was a pleasant stay and within distance to all the major attractions and places I needed to be at. While it was not the most luxurious hotel, it got the job done in comfort and location during my quick visit. Keep in mind, theres a handful of Four Points Sheraton in Dubai, so I will make sure to point out strictly which one I stayed at to avoid confusion.
Four Points Sheraton Dubai
4. On my return flight from Abu Dhabi – I was able to score an award in First Class with Etihad Airways, which its been a product in the sky that I’ve been wanting to fly for quite some time now. Being flexible with my schedule and planning ahead helped me score this wonderful seat. I selected one of the best seats in the house which is seat 2K single isle window seat – private suite. The flight was simply incredible and I can’t wait to share that with you all. Again, I used my American Airlines frequent flyer miles to pay for this flight, which cost me 90,000 miles and only $7, you can’t beat how valuable those AA miles are and First Class award is hard to come by on Etihad Airways.
And again..Incase you are wondering – A paid ticket in First class with Etihad Airways starts at $20,000.
Abu Dhabi and Dubai were both incredible as far as attractions and things to do – My time spent in Abu Dhabi was much longer than my time in Dubai though I made the best of my visit and did the best of the best in Dubai while covering the most visited attractions and doing the best Safari tour possible provided by Platinum Heritage, I will be covering all the major attractions I did during my visit – though on this post I will highlight my favorite ones and as I begin the installments of each, I will be sharing more details of each.
Some of my favorite attractions in Abu Dhabi and Dubai
1. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – One of the most beautiful landmarks I have visited throughout my travels – I will be sharing details from the Grand Mosque and a video clip during Call to Prayer.
2. The Burj Khalifa – Tallest building in the World. I was able toe experience the 148 floor of the Burk Khalifa as well and it was the ultimate experience.
3. Platinum Heritage, Safari tour – If you have been to Dubai, you know that doing a safari is a must. I am fortunate to have done my safari with one of the best Safari tours in the business in Dubai. Where celebrities from all over the World travel to Dubai and experience the great amenities, service and adventures that Platinum Heritage offers to their guest, exclusive and a one of a kind experience.
4. Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding – The Sheik Mohammed cultural understanding was by far the highlight of my trip to Dubai – As I was able to understand about the culture of the Emirate, getting a taste of their local breakfast and getting to know more about the lifestyle in the UAE. The freedom to ask all types of questions you have and having an answer from a local its fascinating, because learning about this culture is extremely important even as a visitors. Ever wondered why the women wear their abaya? Ever wondered what they eat for breakfast? Ever wondered how many times the man changes their dish dash? All the answers to your questions would like to know can be answered here at the SMCCU.
5. Heritage Village Abu Dhabi – One of my favorite places in which I spent some of my time during a hot sunny day in Abu Dhabi. Heritage Village is a place where cultural meets mainstream, showcasing what the locals used to do, their lifestyle, explaining about their heritage and being able to get a few great souvenirs at a low cost. Getting to know the history of the UAE and how things started for them was fascinating. Let me share that the views of Abu Dhabi from here and the sea views were breathtaking, so it’s one of those “must do/see” places. I will be sharing more about it on the installments.
Anyway, thats a small glimpse of what to expect from my trip to Abu Dhabi and Dubai with a lot more things to share that I can’t wait to write about. The photos shared on this post were taken by me, if you would like to use them on your site or social media pages, please be sure to ask for permission and be sure to give photo credit if permission is granted to share. Abu Dhabi and Dubai were so special and I will be returning in September.
If you are planning a trip to Dubai in the near future – Please, be sure to visit the Dubai Tourism Board website for more info, as they share critical information of what to keep in mind during your visit – As they are important things to keep in mind for upcoming trip the UAE. Visit their website HERE.
Stay tuned for the upcoming blog posts from the trip.