It’s been over two months (birthday was November!) but I’m finally getting around to this. I think it’s because I was wishing for a holiday this past weekend, and naturally looked through these photos.
This wasn’t exactly a planned holiday, but when our initial trip to Dubai didn’t happen, in April, we considered moving our tickets. Since we had a birthday getaway in November 2015 – to Spain & Portugal, we thought maybe a birthday getaway could become one of our yearly couple traditions so we managed to move the tickets to November.
We flew from Heathrow, and I was pretty excited because I’d heard lots of good stuff about the Emirates A380, which is a double decker plane. If you’ve also seen the ad with Jennifer Aniston, you’ll agree it’s quite something – with the business class section on the top level with an entire bar.
Thanks to air miles, we bumped up our tickets to business class – and if nothing else, the ease of the process would make me pay for it if I had the money! It was really stress free. A chauffeur picked up us from home, and the waiting lounge at the airport was so comfy with so much free food & drinks. It really did take out the entire stress of travelling.
Tip: if possible, try to fly with at least 3 airlines most of the time. And don’t delay, register for those travel miles and collect them!
But you could probably tell I was going to take advantage of all the freebies! Before boarding I loaded my arms with about 30 of the free magazines. The air hostess and other business class passengers seemed to be having quite a laugh, possibly knowing it was my first time. And one guy jokingly asked if I was travelling to Dubai or Sydney – as there was no way I was going to read all those magazines on a six hour flight! He was right, as I still haven’t read them till this day!.
The bar stood out, and a few passengers in PJs and socks gathered by the bar for drinks. Totally couldn’t tell I was in a plane!
We arrived Dubai & immediately got driven to Abu Dhabi. The idea behind the holiday was to really just chill – so we really didn’t attempt to take loads of blog or Instagram worthy pictures. So although I had my camera, I barely used it. The weather was also perfect. As it was November, it wasn’t too hot or humid.
But of course, once we arrived at the hotel, we let them know it was my birthday (or did we say honeymoon?!) and asked for freebies. They sent a cake on the house.
This was simply exploring Abu Dhabi – and finding lots to eat. We really wanted to go the Yas Water World – a water park, but unfortunately when we arrived we were told that as it was a Monday & only open to women. I wasn’t too fussed, as I had being to the Wild Wadi Water Park in Dubai which is really similar. But still, I wanted a fresh experience because Tee didn’t let me know on that first experience, that I’d need a swim suit at the water park – so I did all of the water games in my play suit! That was slightly embarrassing.
Tip: Always do your research on destinations before you head there!
So we headed to Ferrari world & explored the malls for a bit.
The rest of day 1 was spent in the hotel, the outdoor bars, the gym and the spa!
The one thing I however wanted to do while on this trip was the desert safari. And for me, that was the highlight of the entire vacation, and pretty much most of day 2. I’d heard stories of how crazy those rides were and wanted to experience it! We were in the jeep with another older couple from the US, and two gentle men who were on holiday from Japan. Maybe I’d prepared my mind so much that it didn’t seem too bad. But it’s definitely one to do! At the end of the ride, we had a buffet dinner under the stars with just one belly dancer as entertainment. I got a henna, and we both rode on a camel – now that took me by surprise! I didn’t realise how tall it was!
When in Abu Dhabi, everyone says to stop at the Sheik Zayad Mosque as it’s quite a breathing piece of architecture and design. So we did.
The one thing to point out though is that you have to be fully clothed to enter. So no knees or arms exposed – and ladies had to have their hair covered in a scarf! Obviously, again I didn’t do any research and got there with an off the shoulder summer dress, that was very clearly above my knees! But it’s fine and provided you don’t mind they give you an abaya to wear.
The rest of Day 3 was a quick stop by the beach behind our hotel. Can’t believe we didn’t have a proper beach day!
After that we headed to dinner at our friend’s house. They recently moved from the UK to Abu Dhabi and she loves it more at the latter! And finally, it was time to bid farewell to Abu Dhabi and we took a taxi back to Dubai – an hour and a half travel time thereabout. We arrived Dubai at about 11 pm!
Early hours of Wednesday and my birthday, Tee had to head back to the UK for work. So we had to leave at about 12 midnight. *sniff sniff*. But not before he got me this cute birthday cake, and as usual prayed for me! I guess it technically wasn’t a birthday getaway. But it couldn’t be avoided. I spent a lot of the day sleeping, ordering room service & planning for the year ahead!
The great thing about being a blogger (and social media in general) is there’s probably a person in another city you can always meet up with. So for the rest of day 4 & 5, I met up with Tega of TegaEnai.com and Lara of LaraTeshola.com. We actually had quite a bit of fun – window shopping, exploring the malls and streets of Dubai – and taking a million photos!
Kachee, Lara & Tega
All in all, it was a pretty relaxing holiday. It could have been a bit more adventurous but I guess I was just exhausted and needed to rest! That said, I’ve fulfilled my desert safari tour desire, so I really don’t think I’d be headed there for a vacation soon – well, except it’s free because there’s still so much to do there – including swimming with the dolphins and skydiving. But if not, I think this is fine to tick the UAE off the list of countries I’ve been to, and I could always do these outstanding activities in some other locations.
Have you been to the UAE? What was your experience like?
pS: Kemi’s 30Countries by her 30th birthday obviously made me count mine. Little chance of meeting that, but I’ve been to 9 (including Nigeria & the UK). You can check out our Barbados & Malaysia trips. And 4 countries in Europe. Hopefully I can add a few to that list the year.
ppS: Interesting that I’ve gone on all of the 7 destinations with Tee. He’s been on a few more without me – mostly for work, and a couple of times with his male friends alone. What do you think? Should your husband go on a men-only vacation?
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Lara TesholaFebruary 6, 2017 at 14:34
Awww…Thank you for an amazing time as well. Visited Abu Dhabi last month and couldn’t do a lot of things as well 😩 I hope to go back though and do a lot more exploring.
Kachee || KacheeTee.comFebruary 9, 2017 at 04:27
It’s so close to you, so I’m sure you’ll go back soon! 😘
yevandyFebruary 6, 2017 at 17:16
went on a trip to Dubai 2 years ago, even though I spent 5 days, it still wasn’t enough time to explore as much as I wanted to.. looks like a lot of well deserved fun.. Coincidentally it was also a birthday getaway.. (2 months later than the birthday . :)https://becomingyeva.wordpr…
Kachee || KacheeTee.comFebruary 9, 2017 at 04:28
It’s never enough time. Lol! But hopefully the memories will last forever! Xx
TitiFebruary 6, 2017 at 23:49
😂 spent 4 months in Abu Dhabi for work. Couldn’t leave without doing the desert safari! Loved it, I wasn’t too scared as well. Loved the camel ride too. Couldn’t go to Yas or Ferrari though. I went to the mosque as well. Lovely experience. Did most of the exploring alone so I wasn’t too excited. Would love to visit Qatar though. I was counting my list of countries too 😂 I’m up to 8😂 Doubt I’ll make 30 before 30. Guess I’ll stick to 30 cities though😂 Which I’ve done actually 😂
Kachee || KacheeTee.comFebruary 9, 2017 at 04:27
4 months girl! You should have gone everywhere. But I can relate though. You prob started to feel like a resident already. I was going to count my cities too 😭😭. With a lot of Nigerian cities, it should be up to 30. 😂😂
Toluwalade Toyin-KehindeFebruary 7, 2017 at 03:13
The abaya even looks dope! Did they let you take it? haha. I’m jealousing all this fun you had, hope you ate that cake though -__- I’ll have to add Abu Dhabi to my list of must visit.toyinwithfashion.com
Kachee || KacheeTee.comFebruary 9, 2017 at 04:25
Haha. No oh, it had to be returned! Lol. Thanks girl. It’s a good place to go for a short visit I think.
Live In IbadanFebruary 7, 2017 at 14:01
Wow. I enjoyed this post from beginning to the end. It reminds me of my mom’s last trip to Dubai. She took so many pictures and Tee is all shades of Cute…really! And the Abaya was so gorgeous on you! The mosque is really beautiful. Happy Birthday in Arrearswww.liveinibadan.blogspot.com
Kachee || KacheeTee.comFebruary 9, 2017 at 04:24
Aww thanks Girl! I know right. Actually liked the Abaya!! Xx
TRAVEL WITH A PENFebruary 8, 2017 at 07:07
Great recap, you definitely had a good time. People often overlook Abu Dhabi when they visit the UAE and always wonder why. It’s a relatively short drive from Dubai and certainly worth a visit. I spent close to 7 weeks there once, was great!www.travelwithapen.com
Kachee || KacheeTee.comFebruary 9, 2017 at 04:23
Dubai is obviously more popular. But if you’re there, you might as well get to Abu Dhabi I agree! Thanks Hun! Xx
@ilolaFebruary 8, 2017 at 22:54
Looks like a very fun vacation for you. Gosh, I can’t wait to experience business class.
Kachee || KacheeTee.comFebruary 9, 2017 at 04:29
It was a fun one indeed! Thank you!
MunaFebruary 9, 2017 at 19:03
awwwwwww fun vacay!! I love all the outfits you wore <3 It's Munastiic
Kachee || KacheeTee.comFebruary 14, 2017 at 14:45
Thank you darling!!
Praise AbuFebruary 10, 2017 at 08:42
I really enjoyed this recap post,.I actually feel like I’m living all my travel adventures through you*lol* not the real deal but it close enough.Great post as always. I agree with you on researching about a place before visiting.My Style Look Book Series
DemiladeFebruary 10, 2017 at 13:09
This was so interesting to read, I didn’t want it to end lol. Looks like the perfect vacation, very chilled and fun. I actually love the picture of you in the abaya, it’s beautiful. And the tips you gave in the post are also very helpful. xxcocobellablog.com
Tega EnaiFebruary 15, 2017 at 06:30
Stayed in Abu Dhabi for the most of 2016. The grand mosque was right behind my house and I never visited it until we moved out. Can you imagine? After reading this post I’ve decided this I must visit the mosque before the end of the month. lolIt was soooo nice meeting you dear.www.tegaenai.com