UK November climes offer up the obvious reason to head to Dubai, the 30°c average. Whilst you won’t find hoards of culture vultures you can’t help but feel like you can revert back to your fresher days, all be it with a bit more class (hopefully!) and a great backdrop of lights and the odd rooftop pool: Dubai definately matches up to NYC in its reputation for never sleeping.
Ladies Nights sweeten the deal (although it doesn’t feel that was the day after) – originally only on Tuesdays they are now on every night. Lethally, certain bars give you upto 5 drinks vouchers or endless prosecco. It’s a hard life. the best places we went for ladies night included the Jumeriah Beach Hotel (Tuesdays – free flowing bubbly and conveniently next to the Burj al Arab) and Maya at Le Royal Meridien Resort (three cocktails on a ropftop with a slightly too cool DJ). If you actually want to pretend you’re a fresher again Rockbottom also hold a ladies night with a luminous blue version of an ice tea, at Liverpool uni we had fat frogs….here blue bullfrogs. (Expect a very blue tongue and potentially hangover induced mood the next day).
A daytime version, and particular highlight, was Zero Gravity Beach Club – aptly described as an ‘instagram sensation’ by one of my pals. On Tuesday you get to go in free (usually approx. £35) with large round beds and an infinity pool by the beach it optimises why dubai is a ‘go to’ destination. Unicorn inflatables just sweeten the deal, and make the number of posers skyrocket (a great sport – watching unicorn posers).
Dubai is also great if you like to embrace your inner big kid, as I do, daily. the Aquaventure water park at Atlantis The Palm is well worth a trip with its vertical drops made so much more fun when 8 of you are in a dingy; 6 times later it’s still great. Quad biking is also amazing, and a speed demons dream; best when you know someone there though that can drive you out to the desert though.
If you are looking for a bit of culture though the Abu Dhabi grand mosque is just a few hours drive from Dubai and is incredible. One of the most awesome places I’ve been, curated by architects across the world it looks beautiful and tells a great story about the UAEs past and future.
If you head to Dubai, enjoy! Especially if you’re a lady!