Mama Simpson hits Dubai

As we Simpsons say, it was a whirlwind! She came, we saw, and we conquered Dubai 🙂 This will be my last tourist visit post for awhile, I promise! This trip, while quite similar to the previous two (my sister and my in-laws), did have some new side trips and activities.

The Dubai Miracle Garden opened up late last year, as it is closed a majority of Dubai’s hot, hot weather. I asked Barr if he wanted to check it out before my mom came to town, to which he heartily responded “no!” so green light for us ladies! The Dubai Miracle Garden is truly unlike anything you most likely have ever seen – as per usual for good ol’ Dubai. The website boasts that is it the Guinness Book of World Record’s Largest Vertical Garden, while describing the garden as a “…breathtaking garden called “piece of Eden”, [stunning] visitors with millions of blooming flowers having different artistic design each season and remarkable structures.” Verdict: lovely, lovely, lovely – the aromatic scents, fun structures and gorgeous blooms are insane, but bear in mind that it’s a quick visit – you probably need max an hour there. I’ll let some of my snaps from the morning do the talking:

The Burj Khalifa made of flowers - craziness, right?

The Burj Khalifa made of flowers – craziness, right?

L to R, clockwise: a house structure made of flowers, an Emirati emblem of a falcon and flag, an umbrella installation, and one of my favorite flower structures in the garden

L to R, clockwise: a house structure made of flowers, an Emirati emblem of a falcon and flag, an umbrella installation, and one of my favorite flower structures in the garden

That evening, we had reservations at Atmosphere, which the bar and restaurant atop the Burj Khalifa. Even if you’re not…shall we say, an imbiber, this is hands down the best way to see the Burj Khalifa’s one of a kind views. There is a minimum spend per guest at Atmosphere, but it is equivalent to that of a ticket to “At the Top”, PLUS you a cocktail or a nibble when you reach the top of the building! I will absolutely recommend going this route to future visitors when they want to go up to the top of the Burj Khalifa. We had sunset reservations, and it was a great way to spend the evening!

Atmosphere (this picture took an act of Congress as my mother is not the best with heights!)

Atmosphere (this picture took an act of Congress as my mother is not the best with heights!)

Cheers!

Cheers!

Festive drinks were followed by dinner at one of our favorite dinner spots nearby, Mango Tree, for some yummy Thai food, and the best place to eat and view the Dubai dancing fountains! Mango Tree has two dinner seatings, 7PM and 930PM, and when making reservations, ensure that you request an outside table next to the railing for the best views of the fountain – you will not be sorry!

The fountain going off with the Burj Khalifa in the background, from our table at Mango Tree

The fountain going off with the Burj Khalifa in the background, from our table at Mango Tree

Her second day, of course, we had to visit my favorite place to bring visitors: the Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding. (I should probably try a different meal next time, but breakfast there is great!) We had a male facilitator this time (the previous visits I have had females) – and he was superb as to be expected from the center! It was really interesting to get a male’s perspective during the Q&A portion of the morning. Not to mention, I loved his camel cufflinks that he wore with his kandora! We had a great time trying on the traditional Emirati burqa 🙂

Another happy (and well educated) visitor at the Center for Cultural Understanding!

Another happy (and well educated) visitor at the Center for Cultural Understanding!

Tomorrow, I’ll bring you some of the other new venues and trips we tried out during my amazing mom’s trip to Dubai…spoiler alert: I went back to Oman! Until next time…

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