First time in Dubai!

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It was my first time ever flying Emirates, I took an approximately six-hour flight from Rome to Dubai international airport DXB, I was sat in row 78 something and was pretty far back in economy class, yet they made the experience feel like I was flying in Business (although I have never flown business, I’m guessing this is what it’s like).
I was picked up from the airport in the FIVE Palm Jumeirah Tesla, another first-time experience, my first ride in a Tesla and as any other Internet-dependent person, I appreciated the Wi-Fi in the car so that I could connect with the world on my way to the hotel, I took the time to reply to your comments and reply to some Direct Messages (Read more about my stay at 5 Palm Jumeira here)
Kirsty (my manager and friend) had already checked into the hotel and I met her in our luxurious room overlooking the Dubai coastline, it was already past midnight so I went straight to bed. After just enough beauty sleep I awoke excited for the adventures for our first day exploring DUBAI. We woke up at 7:00 am and went for breakfast at the hotel’s main restaurant, BLVD on One (link). They had the most beautifully prepared, well-stocked breakfast buffet, they have everything you could imagine, from fruits and berries, vegetables, hot dishes and a whole dessert spread, I want to say ´dessert table´but it wouldn’t do it justice, it was rather four, or maybe five dessert tables! We started the day exploring the ‘Miracle Gardens‘. Most of the photos which you see from here on social media are from the famous heart shape alley, and yes, of course, I took such pictures also, but what I was rather fascinated with, was the ´biggest flower installation in the world´, a life-size Emirates A380 airplane, covered in more than 500,000 flowers and living plants, quite the sight!
After exploring the gardens we took a short Uber ride to one of the most famous landmarks in DUBAI, the Burj Al Arab (link), where we had brunch booked for 2.30pm and what an experience it was! I never thought that I would have access to such a grande 7-star hotel, I remember reading about it in the newspapers, the hotel with real gold pillars in the lobby and a helipad at the top. The kind of hotel you need to be on the guest list to gain access to, I’m so grateful for this experience and the food at @scapedubai was absolutely amazing, we experienced the ‘5 Course California’ menu and they were ere super accommodating, to make amends so that I could stick to my vegan choices, the service was out of this world. After our Rosé brunch,
they gave us access to the infinity pool.
I enjoyed a fresh coconut with a stunning view over Dubai, never before have I experienced such luxury.
After brunch we walked ten minutes, through the hotel grounds to nearby Madinat Jumeirah for a sunset ‘Abra boat ride’, it was the perfect way end to a beautiful day with a thousand new memories and my sincere gratitude for the experiences.
We ate dinner at the hotel, the Five Palm Jumeirah’s Restaurant Maiden Shanghai (link) one of Dubai’s best Chinese restaurants, and we went to bed early, knowing that our alarm would wake us up at 03:30 am the next day! Ticking off one of my 2018 bucket list activities (read the entire list here) Hot Air Balloon ride, I’ve always wanted to do this!
It was so special, initially, it was a bit of a scary experience to take off using the most basic function of flying, hot rising air. With me being used to the loud Boeing 737 CFM-56 engines, this was a totally different feeling, so peaceful, flying 4000 feet up in the air, with the wind in charge of where to go next. I’m so grateful to experience this and with thanks to @ballooning_uae and @Visist.Dubai and @mydubai for making my dream trip possible!
I went to bed the happiest girl in the world!
Tomorrow we’ll do something that scares the s$*% out of me, we’re taking an elevator, to the 148th floor up in the world’s freakin highest building!
More about this soon, stay tuned @pilotmaria 

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