Dubai World Cup: 2017

..and the two years previous (included at the end).

The last week of March I was in Dubai again for a quick trip. It was nice to go back for a final visit to the place I lived for four years. I timed it so I could attend The World Cup they do every year -it’s so much fun.

Dressing up + champagne + fascinators.

How can you go wrong? (you can’t!)

This year the weather was acting up and being weird, which made it more interesting — but definitely just as much fun!

(FYI: The movie clip at the beginning is from My Fair Lady , when they go to the races. All of the outfits are amazing.  )

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Wrapped it up 

The last couple days in Dubai were so chaotic, so busy, so stressful… so fun ! 

I am so glad my sister and her husband came out , they practically packed all 7 suitcases with my things, as I dealt with getting my passport back ! 

We managed to have some fun while they came to Dubai as well, including a hot air balloon in the desert ! 

I’m glad I have a trip scheduled to go back to Dubai in march… I don’t want to ever say good bye for good to this city. 

4 Years

This was 4 years ago, almost to the day .

November 15th 2012, when I was starting a new and scary page of moving to DUBAI to start my career as a flight attendant.

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Bleached blonde hair, bangs, and a few tears later I boarded my plane. I told myself if I really hated it I could quit and go home.

I thought, “If I can just make it one year, I will be proud.”

Well… one year turned to two years… turned to three years… and unbelievably turned to FOUR years.

And every year has been a different experience. I have ALWAYS liked the job. But living abroad held different challenges and experiences.

First one was thrilling, fun, new. The friends I made at the beginning were so important for me not to up and run back home!

Second year was a little more lonely , some of those close friends quit, the homesickness pull was stronger , some days I hated being in Dubai. I was at a critical part of my time here, trying to decide if I should quit and move home or stay and get a car.

Third year showed an improvement in my idea of this city, I had stayed and gotten a car and that really was a life changer. I started enjoying this crazy place!

Fourth year was the best year. I was finally in business class, so the job wasn’t as emotionally difficult (passengers in business have much better manners). Exploring Dubai (and other places!) with my car was my favorite. I think this was the year I did the most trips during my days off to other places besides home.

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So here I am, putting in my resignation. A little sudden, a little unsure, but excited about what comes next ! And having a little normalcy return to my day – to – day. Seeing  my family without fighting jet lag. Being home for Christmas. BABIES!

So lets see what 2017 holds.

Boats

The four years I have been in Dubai, I have always wanted to know two people.

Someone who owned a sail boat.

And someone who lives in the Burj Khalifa.

I can check one of those things off the to do list ! Only took me a few years.

Thinking

Thinking about Drindl dresses for Oktoberfest, my yearly SEP testing coming up next week, meeting up with the sister in Dublin for the day, and registering my car for another year.

Missing foster kittens, and little nieces, sisters and baby bellies, family dinners and fires, little towns and green trees, big blue skies with puffy clouds,  In n Out.

Hoping I can go to the new indoor theme park that just opened up across the street highway soon, I can get a local tailor to make me a dress before the 20th, my next two turn around flights are easier than I think they will be, and I can be home for Christmas.

A Touristy Day in Dubai

My flatmates family landed into Dubai yesterday and today was spent seeing the sights.

We started off with breakfast at Lime Tree Café, the one off jumeirah road. Because, balcony seating –hello!!!! so nice. I have been here 3 years and its still one of my all time favorite places.


After our breakfast we took a walk along kite beach. It really is a pretty stretch of land and it’s one of Dubai’s gems. The sea shells are crazy lots and very pretty, as well as the Burj al Arab that is in the distance !

(I didn’t take any pictures of this part of the day – shame on me.)

Next was finding the spice souk.


The hardest thing about this was finding parking ! But we finally did and our souk adventuring could begin.

The souk is in Bur Dubai area and just off the Dubai Creek.   This is the view of the creek from our parking garage.

and the souk!

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We found lots of spices and trinkets and cats.

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The people selling their items can be a bit pushy, which I don’t like. My yearly visit is enough (at least until someone else visits Dubai and I take them here).

After our bartering and buying of items, we paid the 1 dirham fare (about 30 US cents) to cross the creek in an abra. 

I think it’s so fun. And a great view of the creek.



There’s another souk on the other side, not as big and in my opinion not as cool. But we just walked through it to get to Creekside Cafe.

(There was another restaurant just by the abra water taxi parking that we waited to be seated at. It has a great view of the water activity– but it was so busy and after waiting 10 minutes to even be looked at we left)

I have followed Creekside Café on Instagram and had been wanting to check it out for a while. So glad this worked out today!


We ended our day just up the creek, and up the classy scale a few  notches, at Dubai Golf & Yacht Club. It has a gorgeous view of the creek, the downtown skyline, and was perfect for the sun set.

First sangria and tapas at Casa De Tapas, and then we had a drink at the rooftop lounge , Cielo, to finish off the sunset. So amazing.


Good night Dubai .