Tips from the Sand Pit

Sunset Beach, Burj Al Arab

Since I’ve written many a post about travelling to and from Dubai and now that I’m no longer living there, I felt it was time to dole out some advice about the ever-changing cosmopolitan hub of the Gulf. There’s no way I can fit the four amazing years I spent there into a single post. So for now, here’s just a few memories of my favourite weekend activities.

Hire a boat to ‘Monkey Island’ – this is a nice little gem just off Jumeirah beach which as the name incurs, can only be accessed by boat. It’s technically not a public island, but the owner – whoever he may be – doesn’t seem too bothered about boats dropping anchor and enjoying a picnic on this little stretch of land. Chilled afternoons by the beach, perfection.

Additional water sports activities are also really easy to get into: surfing – head to Surf House Dubai, Scott & Dan and the rest of the crew will sort you out; paddle board – Kite beach is my preference though SHD if you want to paddle round the Burj al Arab; wake boarding – Sea Adventures operates from both the Dubai Marina and on the Creek, the latter being my favourite.

Boat parties are very much a thing and you can rent one for the afternoon from Dubai Marina, they operate on either a byob basis or you can pay for a full package. Similarly, get used to the ‘Dubai Brunch,’ available at almost every hotel and something my liver does not miss, nor my bank balance.

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Surfing

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Favourite place in the world to hang out at the weekend, DOSC, especially for a kid’s breakfast.

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