Dubai Series: Beach, Cats, and Global Village [2019.11.08]

On this day, Ria and her boyfriend drove us around. It was a Friday and it’s the weekend in Dubai, so they didn’t have work. We took our time in the morning, had a leisurely breakfast and left before lunch. Since it’s hot in Dubai, people there are mostly out from the afternoon until evening.

Good morning, turtles!

JUMEIRAH BEACH / BURJ AL ARAB

Opening hours: 24 hours (since it’s a public beach, we didn’t go to Burj Al Arab)
Entrance fee: None

We drove here just to get a photo with Burj Al Arab behind us. I don’t know, I feel like it’s classic Dubai tourist photo. Haha. Too bad, there is some construction going on in the vicinity (well, actually, everywhere in Dubai naman) but this building still looks super beautiful and iconic. PS. I’m so in awe of those people who are sunbathing at Jumeirah Beach in this heat.

AILUROMANIA CAT CAFÉ

Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Entrance fee: AED30. You get one drink (bottled water, soda, or tea) with the entrance fee.

On the way to the beach, we saw this cat café near the parking lot, so we went back here after taking our photos at the beach. This was definitely unplanned, but it was nice to go somewhere airconditioned because it was so hot outside. Along with the drink, you get an hour with super cute feline friends! We were told though that this is only during peak hours, but if there is no one else at the cafe, you can probably spend a few hours there and probably sleep with the cats. Hihi.

IKEA

Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 12:00 nn – 10:00 pm
Entrance fee: AED30. You get one drink (bottled water, soda, or tea) with the entrance fee.

We had lunch at IKEA before going to Global Village. I mean, we only go to IKEA for the meatballs and some window shopping. It was my first time to try the daim cake and OMG, it was sooooo good.

Just some cute succulents at the mall. Hihi.

GLOBAL VILLAGE

Opening hours: Sat – Wed, 4:00 pm -11:30 pm; Thur – Fri, 4:00 pm – 12:30 am
Entrance fee: AED15

This is a festival park that is seasonal, it only opens from November to April. (Actually, there are many attractions that are only open during the cold months as it gets too hot in Dubai during the rest of the year.) It’s a huge space so prepare to walk – A LOT. We literally walked around for 3 ½ hours. My phone recorded 22k steps that day! It’s like going around the world when you’re at the Global Village. So, the concept is, each country/continent has their own area where you can buy different products they offer in different booths. Some are bigger than the others, some have better designs than the others, some countries are lumped together and then Europe, Africa and Americas had each one. Definitely, they gave more highlight to Asian countries. I think Turkey has the best product variation, and I really liked Iran’s design the best! It’s a huge place and we walked around for about 3 1/2hrs. Too bad, the Philippines booth was closed when we went! That is such a bummer! Since we went on a weekend, I think half of the population of Dubai is probably there. LOL. I swear, there were more people here than in any theme parks I’ve been to.

AL NAHDA POND PARK

Opening hours: Not sure.
Entrance fee: Free (Unless you rent a bike or kart.)

After dinner (where I got to try mandi for the first time – so good!), we decided to go for a walk at Al Nahda Pond Park. It’s right outside from the apartment building where we were staying so it was really convenient. We really went just to see some more cats. Hihi. There were many families having a picnic – even late at night. It closed at 11:00 pm that day and they literally turned off all the lights at exactly 11:00 pm. It didn’t stop people from enjoying their time at the park though. While we exited the park, people were not fazed even with the park’s closing announcement.  

By the way, we ordered mandi from this restaurant and they serve it per plate and I think we got the medium plate, which costs AED10, I think. Come on, that is really affordable! Too bad, I can’t remember the name of the restaurant but it’s also around Al Nahda.

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