SHINI IN DUBAI : DAY 3 | DESERT SAFARI | ARABIAN TEA HOUSE | MALL OF THE EMIRATES

SHINI IN DUBAI : DAY 3 | DESERT SAFARI | ARABIAN TEA HOUSE | MALL OF THE EMIRATES
Hey~ I just came back from Turkey and I can't wait to share my travel itineraries with you all. But first, allow me to complete my Dubai travelogues so you guys can refer. Today's post is about Shini in Dubai Day 3 which highlights include Desert Safari, Arabian Tea House, Mall of the Emirates etc. Enjoy reading~


Desert Safari



If you fancy an early morning desert expedition complete with camels and falcons in the desert, this tour is for you. Escape the city, heading east into the Arabian Desert, boasting spectacular landscapes and rolling sand dunes. The rugged 4x4 Jeep stake off on an adrenalin-filled drive over soft sand dunes and into the wilderness.




The fun continues at our Arabian Desert Campsite where you experience a traditional welcome with "Gahwa", Arabic coffee and local dates. Enjoy sandboarding, brief camel rides and "Shisha", the Arabic water pipe during your journey. Afterwards, a pleasant drive brings you back. Indeed a great way to invigorate your senses with plenty of fun, food and sun.




However, I didn't take the camel ride this time. After the last camel ride, I feel guilty for the camel. I tried to find those desert tours without the camel ride but it is always included. Therefore, I was forced to take this tour and just take photos with the camel instead.




  • A 4-hour morning desert tour by 4x4 with dune bashing and a camel ride
  • Enjoy a dune drive with an expert off-road driver-guide at the wheel
  • Climb up the steep dunes and slip, slide, and skid down the slopes
  • Stop for photos and Arabic coffee and dates, and opt to try an Arabian shisha water pipe



If you are in Dubai, you must visit their desert as it was one of the highlights. There is also a saying if you didn't visit the desert in Dubai, then meaning you're never been here. 

Details
Book your tickets : https://bit.ly/3zbiypt
Cost : RM169.59 per pax


Arabian Tea House Restaurant & Cafe



A journey into Dubai's past could well begin through the door of a quaint tea house in the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, once known as Al Bastakiya. As you step into the Arabian Tea House (although old-timers would still prefer to call it the Basta Art Cafe), you are transported into the old times, authentic style with turquoise benches, white rattan chairs, lace curtains and beautiful flowers, enjoying your cup of Gahwa (traditional Arabic coffee) in the shade of an old tree and the languid air swoons around you, dreamlike as if it were always afternoon.




Arabian Tea House is the first authentic Emirati restaurant since 1997. I was looking forward to visiting this restaurant before I got here because when I do research on the Internet, there is so much great feedback about their food and hospitality.

When I arrived, I immediately fall in love. Love the vibe, it's so instaworthy!

We had to wait for approximately 15 minutes for a table for two. While we are waiting, I spotted Kate Hudson and Martha Stewart were here before. Now I'm so excited to try their food because I'm pretty sure Martha Stewart won't simply visit a restaurant if they don't serve good food. 




Their biryani is one of their signatures so, of course, we got to order that! We had ordered a chicken biryani which serve in huge portions and serve with a bowl of yoghurt.

I don't really take biryani when I'm in Malaysia but this is de-li-cious!! We finished them all. Also, we had ordered a Sri Lanka coconut and homemade lemonade.




Besides, we had ordered a few nann (bread) with served with hummus. I like that their bread is slightly thinner than our version in Malaysia. So we won't feel too full (because we still need to finish the biryani).




Check out the nann was bigger than my face hahaha. Even our plate can't fit in.

If I revisit Dubai, I will definitely visit this restaurant again to try other great food!




By the way, some of you asking me about the pocket wifi that I have been using. It is from Roamingman. It is so convenient and affordable (RM20/day). Don't forget to check it out if you're planning to rent one.

Details
Location : Bastakiya Opposite Musalla Post Office - Al Fahidi St - Bur Dubai - Al Fahidi - Dubai - United Arab Emirates.
Business hours : Daily (7.00am - 11.00pm)


Mall Of The Emirates



The Mall of the Emirates provides unrivalled luxury, with more than 80 of the world's most renowned designer brands. The mall has two adjoining hotels; the 5-star Kempinski Mall of the Emirates and the Sheraton Dubai Nall of the Emirates Hotel.

The stores are essentially the same, except there are more high-end brands at Dubai Mall. Dubai Mall is larger and has the Aquarium, Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountains, all are nice attractions to take in addition to shopping. Mall of the Emirates has Ski Dubai.




Of course, I have to visit my favourite luxury brand - CHANEL. There's only one store in Malaysia and they always have limited stocks. I want to pay a visit to the store in Dubai to see any other items that aren't available in KL so I can purchase them.




And yes, I did it! Bought a few items here that I can't find in the Malaysia boutique (due to limited stocks). The services here were good and not to mention cheaper due to the tax refund.

I can't wait to show you guys the unboxing video soon. Stay tuned on my YouTube Channel!

Details
Location : Sheikh Zayed Rd - Al Barsha - Al Barsha 1 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates.
Business hours : Mon - Thu (10.00am - 10.00pm) ; Fri - Sun (10.00am - 12.00am)


The Dubai Edition



The Dubai Edition marks a significant expansion for the brand into the Middle East's most popular travel destination. Situated in Downtown Dubai, the hotel is located in one of the city's most popular locations, opposite the world-famous Dubai Mall.




Designed by LW Design Group, the hotel features 275 guestrooms and suites. The property is home to multiple food and beverage outlets, a pool, spa and fitness centre, in addition to dynamic events spaces boasting meeting rooms and a flexible ballroom.




There are tons of fancy hotel rooms in Dubai and I don't know which one is the best! Found this from the recommendation list and decided to give it a try.




Turns out it was a wise decision! The room is comfy, the interior was spectacular, the location is strategic, staff are so friendly.




Did I mention for the toiletry they are using Le Labo? Love using their shower gel and hair shampoo, especially their fragrance!

Details
Location : Dubai Fountain St - Downtown Dubai - Dubai - United Arab Emirates.
Cost : RM2,735 per night (including breakfast)


Thia Skylounge



Step into a realm of lush greenery, exquisite service, and multi-sensory opulence, set against majestic vistas of Downtown Dubai. Thia is your vantage point over the city with panoramic views of Burj Khalifa. Here, high-octane glamour and effortless sophistication imbue each moment with timeless elegance and enduring grace.




Both intimate and expansive, Thia invites you to luxuriate in Dubai's most spectacular infinity pool, where relaxation accompanies breath-taking views and urbane chic. As night falls, the ambience increases. Sun loungers become sofas, and the atmospheric lighting and music accentuate the essence of bliss.




One of the reasons why I had chosen this hotel is because of this lounge! We like this cosy lounge facing the beautiful city view. Spot the spectacular Burj Khalifa from here too.




While we are taking photos in the cabana, one of the staff asked what's my occupation because I'm posing like a supermodel lol. Maybe she just trying to be nice as I don't think my body shape is qualified.

Details
Business hours : Daily (11.00am - 12.00am)


Duomo



Duomo brings palatial luxury and timeless Italian sophistication to the heart of Dubai. Duomo transports its guests into a multi-sensory realm of grandeur, elegance, and delight. Guests can gaze at striking views of the Burj Khalifa, or immerse themselves in an interior inspired by the Piazza Del Duomo in Milan.




Duomo features a waiting room boasting Maria Theresa - a vast crystal chandelier - and expansive interiors bedecked in Italian satvario marble. Diners will be enveloped in an ever-changing artistic display beneath 15-metre vaulted cathedral ceilings. Embodying the sheer theatricality of fine dining, the restaurant provides a stage from which unforgettable sensory voyages will be launched. Duomo promises to take classic Italian cuisine to entirely new heights of wonder.



What we had ordered :
Risotto Porcini e Tartufo (145 AED)
Acquerello Rice, Porcini Mushroom, Seasonal Black Truffle and Parmesan
Tagliatelle Al Tartufo (150 AED)
Homemade Tagliatelle Pasta Seasonal Black Truffle and Aged Parmesan
Patate Frittle (40 AED)
Hand-cut fries
Passione Piccante (85 AED)
Pisco-infused Aji Amarillo, passion fruit, pepper spicy jalapeno, lime juice
Agrumi Spritz (110 AED)
Aperol, tangerine cordial, grapefruit soda, prosecco
Sorrento Fizz (95 AED)
Tequila, Tripel sec, Lemongrass Oleo, Yuzu, Pineapple Juice, Perrier

All prices are in AED and include a 10% service charge, 7% municipality fee and 5% VAT.




When I'm browsing their website and I saw this Italian restaurant, my mind was like okay, I got to visit this restaurant to try the food. To be honest, my truffle risotto was scrumptious. The chef was generous to put a lot of truffles on the plate. The porcini mushroom and parmesan were perfectly matched with the acquerello rice.




Again, if you're sitting outside like we were, you can spot the Burj Khalifa from here as well.

Details
Business hours : Daily (12.00pm - 1.00am)


Jolie
Inspired by the meticulous elegance of Parisian design, Jolie brings a quintessentially Gallic dining experience to the heart of Dubai. Warmly clad in hand-selected dark oak panelling, to dine in at Jolie is to be embraced in Paris's inimitable sense of enchantment.

A chic terrazzo floor provides the backdrop for gastronomic flights of fancy, and Carrara marble table-tops bring an essence of reality and grandeur. Bringing his esteemed visual idiom to Jolie, world-renowned French architect Pierre Jeanneret has designed chairs crafted from Burmese teak wood and a chef's table in rich acacia wood. His vision artfully combines form and function via natural materials of peerless quality. Jolie takes the attention to detail and beauty of French fine dining, expanding its values in truly breathtaking fashion.




What we had ordered :
Bread Basket
Campagne, French Baguette, Focaccia served with homemade jam

Homemade Pastries
Plain croissant, almond croissant, mixed berry jam danish, and Pain Au Chocolat.




Omelette
Button mushroom | Tomato | White Onion | Roasted Capsicum | Emmental Cheese | Spinach | Smoked Salmon | Veal Bacon

You can choose any ingredients that you want to add.




Eggs Benedict with Hollandaise Sauce
Choice of Smoked Salmon | Veal Bacon | Asparagus

My friend had chosen the smoked salmon though.

Details
Business hours
Weekdays :
Breakfast (7.00am - 11.00am)
Lunch (12.00pm - 3.00pm)
Dinner (7.00pm - 11.30pm)

Weekends :
Breakfast (7.00am - 11.00pm
Lunch (12.00pm - 3.30pm)
Dinner (7.00pm - 12.00am)


That's all for today's post. Recently feel wanna take a short break on Instagram for a mental health detox. I tried to reduce my addiction to Instagram and try focus more on my blog. Stay tuned as I will blog about my Dubai trip on day 4 really soon. XOXO.


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