Dubai Trip – Dubai Shopping Festival 2011

Dubai Trip – Dubai Shopping Festival 2011

Hello again girls. I had been away from IMBB for quite sometime now and I missed reading articles and chatting with everyone thoroughly. I have a lot of catching up to do . I was happily having a gala time in dubai with all of my family for a holiday and shopping trip . 🙂  And boy !! what a time I had. 🙂

dubai shopping festival
I was supposed to head to Rajasthan in January end but then some work came up in lab and couldn’t make it. Then February came around and before I knew it, my family was planning for a holiday trip. Endless discussions at dinner table started with someone wanting to go to Hongkong while dad wishing to go to Sri Lanka. After a few days, Dubai was finally set. 😀  I was enthralled because it was the perfect time to go to Dubai .I always wanted to experience their Dubai Shopping Festival and I finally got the chance . 🙂
So now after the trip is over and we are finally home and finally unpacked !! I decided to share some of my memories with you all .

Dubai is one of the most visited cities in the world and belongs to one of the seven emirates of United Arab Emirates (UAE). While Abu Dhabi is the capital of UAE and also holds power over most of matters of country, Dubai has emerged as the global city which is more energetic and business hub attracting many people. Abu Dhabi is referred as the “quieter older brother” of Dubai which is “young dynamic and energetic”

Enough of talks – let’s see pics of some of places I visited while I was in Dubai –
This is “Jumeirah mosque” which is situated on Jumeirah road – one of the most expensive and exclusive areas in Dubai . It is the only mosque in Dubai, which is open to non- muslims. They provide special tours to tourists so as to provide insights into their religion – Islam.
The first glance was the most affecting. The strong expression of Islamic architecture is conveyed through the mosque’s design.

dubai shopping festival

Next stop right down the road – Burj Al Arab – which has become the landmark of Dubai – one of the most magnificent structure in Dubai. It stood out on the artifical island (reclaimed land) from the beach of Jumeirah. Being an architect’s daughter, I take interest in building structures and interiors. This hotel structure was awe- inspiring and mimics the sail of a ship.
I have this seen hotel on discovery a lot but still wanted to visit inside but then dress code for men was “formals” only. We all were in holiday clothes breakfast in this hotel was 200 AEDs only. 😀

dubai shopping festival

Next stop – Atlantis Hotel. It is located on Palm Jumeirah . Isn’t it magnificent ? The resort boasts the most beautiful aquarium and also the dolphin bay – where guests can interact and play with dolphins.

I wish I had better lenses to capture the whole hotel structure . 🙁

dubai shopping festival

I was ecstatic to visit the next stop which was – Burj Khalifa and Dubai mall. Burj Khalifa – the tallest man-made structure ever built changed the skyline of Dubai. A tall sleek and shining structure was visible just as we were coming out of dubai airport and were on our way to the hotel .Visiting Burj Khalifa and on my way to its 124th floor had me amazed and awe-struck ( how did they manage to make this marvellous thing in just about 4 years of timespan!!)
Me outside Burj Khalifa – Don’t laugh looking at my glares, okay! They are not mine.  I had just borrowed these from my sis for for this pic. 😛


A view from the top – – isnt is magnificent?

Dubai Shopping festival

Next stop was every shopping lover’s paradise- the Dubai Mall. I was so impatient to visit this mall. I wanted to visit all the shops in one go – sephora, zara, burberry, la senza, mikajy’s – all of it. Then I realised the sheer gravity of the situation lol! It’s not a child’s play. The mall is the world’s largest shopping mall – comprising of the Burj Khalifa complex and 1,200 shops- without a map you are lost!  Yup,  I lost my parents in this mall. 😛 They left us in the mall and went to the hotel while we kids were left behind to explore the mall.

The mall boasts magnificent Dubai aquarium and under water Zoo, Dubai Ice Rink and SEGA Republic. I was not able to check our sega republic, which is indoor theme park.  Let’s see some of pics I clicked while I was inside.The mall was bursting with activity because the shopping festival that was going on.  Big brands had “part sale” going on while other stores had pretty good sale offers. I picked up a few things from Zara.

Dubai Shopping festival

Dubai Shopping festival

Dubai Shopping festival

Don’t you love the display !! This store had the most superb clothes. Unfortunately, I ran out of dirhams to buy anything . Disappointing. 🙁

I wanted to carry this whole tree to my room 😀 😀  Isn’t it cute ? It was located inside “candylicious” store in dubai mall. Yummy !!!!!!!!!

Dubai Shopping festival

Last few days of the trip, we were almost penniless. 😀  My parents said “enough shopping” . Let’s just roam around the city . This was the time when we explored – old dubai , dubai museum and gold and spice souks in Dubai. Let’s see some the pics I clicked.

This pic is of inside dubai museum.The boat is “abra”, which means water taxi’s which are still present in dDbai . They were the cheapest mode of transportation for one dirham for each person to get across the creek. I didn’t get the chance to take a ride on these abra’s . Maybe next time. 🙂

Dubai Shopping festival

Me outside dubai museum – Now these glares are mine !! Got them from dubai mall.
This picture is of old dubai city . An interesting aspect of old dubai city structures were the wind towers build on top of the buildings. They traditional architectural element mainly part of residential houses. The function of this tower is to catch cooler breeze that prevail at a higher level above the ground and to direct it into the interior of the buildings.

Dubai buildings

Lastly , I advise everyone to visit spice and gold souk in Dubai . We had a very little time and missed it. We just saw it on our way passing by the road but couldn’t find the time to explore it on our own . 🙁

Dubai town

Who wouldnt love this?  😀 😀

Dubai Gold

Ok girls. This is it for now . As for my shopping , that will require another article. So until then – enjoy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


127 thoughts on “Dubai Trip – Dubai Shopping Festival 2011

  1. my entire family was also planning to go but then some teenu meenu cousin fell ill, and then someone had exams and thennnn :weep: we chucked the idea :spank: :spank: :spank: :spank: :spank: :spank: :spank: :spank: :spank:

      1. balcony ??? chhath se niche phek deti hoon .. koi chnace hi rahe ga bachne ka… :happydance:
        everytime some problem cos of these bloddy changu mangus.. aur ya toh poora khandaan jayega warna koi nahin jayega.. gajab log hainnnn :teeth:

  2. WOW Rids… u had real FUN!!!
    I have seen most of the places (in pics 😐 ) of Dubai as my real elder bro n bhabhi stay there.. my mom dad also visited twice :yahoo: :yahoo: .. rght now they r in Duba :whistle: :whistle: :whistle: i…
    so me too planning to visit it this yr.. :waiting: :waiting: :waiting:
    Luved u in the pics.. u luk sweet n cute… :cute: :cute: :cute:

  3. i soooooooooooo wannttt to gooo dooooooooobaaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii……………
    gud post rids…!!! 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

    1. dat was hilarious sanjeev… m going all ROFL on the gtalk msngr part…!!! :lol2: :lol2: :lol2:
      i like people wid 206/206 funny bones..!! :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

              1. you know my friends call him “Rati ka pati” only…. Together they call us “rati and rati ka pati ” :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2:

  4. Sigh..I’ve been to only Dubai’s transit and that itself was making me maddddd….. :yelo: :yelo: :yelo: :yelo: :yelo: :yelo: :yelo: Someday, definitely gonna go for this shopping festival there..AWesommmme article Rids!!! 😀 😀 😀 😀

  5. My hubby goes to Dubai once in a month n he always insists me to accompany him.. having Neya didnt lemme go.. share what all u got.. waiting for the post 🙂

  6. cud b sanjeev.. a frend just came back from thr, n told thr was this malll jis k bahar thy had huge statues of pure gold ….!! :tremble: :tremble: :tremble: :tremble: :tremble: :tremble: :tremble: :tremble: :tremble: :tremble: :tremble:

    1. hehehehe … they luv gold !! i dunno why ?? i waas wondering .. WHO WEARS AL DIS ??? skirts and blouse made of gold … TOO MUCH BLING IF U ASK ME :toothygrin:

  7. Hey Rids…thnks for sharing this… :yes: :yes: :yes:
    U made me nostalgic.. :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:
    Me also went during shopping festival way back in 2003….I wud all shpping freaks must visit Dubai…its a great city to explore…

  8. I don’t want to talk about ND Tiwari…that old man lay between two females when he was governor of Andhra Pradhesh……..and it was splashed all over TV…….err……I mean he is around 85 years old 😐 😐 😐 😐 😐 😐 😐 😐

      1. Rids….actually, he was lying just like that…..he was doing nothing….the females were actually doing something something 😐 😐 😐 😐 😐 😐

      1. Rati…………hi…..we haven’t hieed today….even…Rads is not there to be hiiiiiied :wilt: :wilt: :wilt: :wilt: :wilt:

    1. IT WAS STILL EXPENSIVE … EVEN IN DUBAI SHOPPIN FESTIVAL DURING D SALE PERIOD … cudnt even afford to set foot into one of shops… lol lol

      just went into ZARA , CANDYLICIOUS AND HERSHEY’S lol lol lol

  9. Rids……..all that gold hanging like that……I would have pulled a chair and sat there staring 😐 😐 😐 😐 😐 😐

    1. :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin:

      1. hahahahahaha … YEAH YOU WUD HAV LOVED IT .. !!!! lol lol dont miss out on dubai .. ITS YR DREAM- LAND den….

        stroll in gold souk sittin in a chair which hav wheels 😆 😆 😆 😆

      1. Sanjeevji :hunterwali: :hunterwali: :hunterwali: :hunterwali: :hunterwali: :hunterwali: :hunterwali: :hunterwali: :hunterwali: :hunterwali: :hunterwali: :hunterwali: :hunterwali: :spank: :spank: :spank: :spank:

          1. do you remember a link to the worst medieval tortures a little while back……do you remember the 9th torture or should I post that link again 😛 😛 :bully: :bully:

              1. oh I remember :smug: :smug: :shy: :shy: :shy: :shy: :shy: :shy: :shy: :shy: but I will make you fall from the scooter and take a U turn and come back again to ride the scooter on you and again take U turn, and then …………….. O:) O:) O:) O:) O:) O:)

                1. No worries Jomol, going by your track record you would have bidaoed the scooter somewhere before running it over me, and I would be running to your aid. O:)

                  1. errr….Sanjeevji….all that I would require to fall off from the scooty would be a group of innocent bewildered kiddos who haven’t heard a horn sound :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :shy: :shy: :shy: :shy: :shy: :shy:

  10. TOTALLY OUTTA D SUBJECT —- PHERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR ….d new coke ad is SO FUNNY !!!! :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2:

    ad doesnt mak sense at all :yelo: :yelo:

    1. OMG!! I was about to say this rids.. esp that pigeon one is hilarious :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2:

      1. YUPS … hahahahahahahaha… KUCH BHI AD BANAYA HAI … its hilarious wen everyone goes ” PHURRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR” lol lol lol

          1. I was just watching the match ,these guys can never win ache se ,they got over confident :spank: :spank: :spank: :spank: :spank: :spank:

                1. We wonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!!! :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: but what a pathetic and boring match!!! :yawn: :yawn: :yawn: :yawn: :yawn: :yawn: :yawn: but still since we won!! :victory: :victory: :victory: :victory: :victory: :victory: :victory: I will :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance:

                  1. Cali i know.. we are so used to of seeing 2 balls left 4 runs to go. :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2:

  11. wonderful post rids.
    i was awstuck at the picture showing the lights on the roads from the preety
    amazing and plz do a dubai haul showing all u got.
    my masi tells me gold souk is amazing.
    :thanks: for sharing all this with us.delighted

  12. wowww…..Rids te toh mast maja kari…… :woot: :woot: :woot:
    Have mane curiosity che next shopping haul ni….secretly mane ke shu shu lidhu 😛
    may be maari cousin sister shift thai che next year….tyare hu pan 1-2 mahina maate holiday karva jaish…..yippieee :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:
    I loved your Sunglasses :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: and I loved the candy-treee :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

    1. yups jinal … bau maja kari !! wah !!!!!!!!! jinal mane pand lai ja yaar tari ben na ghare… pachi apde bev dubai ma farsu … HEHEHE hu tane lai jais shoppin karva… lol lol


  13. wow rids iv always wanted to go there… all my frnds have been there..i feel so leftout 🙁 im dying to go there .. :pray: :pray: :pray: :pray:
    btw verrryyy nice article!!! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
    and u look shoo cute and pretty in the pics :rose: :rose:

  14. loved it rids. u look so cute and smart. i loved ur back pack blue one.
    longing for ur another post on ur shopping kits.
    fathima u r true . last pict dedicated to jomol..
    how aptly u said it :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: 😆 😆

      1. hI rids
        thanks for liking my name. in fact I dont know whether it has any meaning. but it is the starting letters of my name + hubby’s name :toothygrin:

    1. hI Bee
      thanks for liking my name. in fact I dont know whether it has any meaning. but it is the starting letters of my name + hubby’s name :toothygrin:

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