Warm, Busy, and Over the Top
Dubai for NYE
Dubai for a lot of people is a love/hate relationship. For me its one of those weird places in the world who’s contradictions don’t make much sense to a Westerner like me. However I’ve always had a lot of fun here, and wanted to experience a new year celebration on the way home from North Africa.
First off, if you are going to go to Dubai for New Years be prepared for one thing. Crowds. I’m not kidding, getting around at this time of year was painful. Lucky I had some foresight, and booked a pick up from the airport. I arrived to find my driver in seconds, and quickly said why are all these people kinda half lining up. Oh thats the taxi line. Its about 2-3 hours long right now.
This should’ve foreworn me for the rest of the stay. It was like that everywhere over the few days I was around. Go to Dubai Mall. Line up for Taxi was the same. It was nuts. I ended up using the Metro a lot during this visit.
So back to the hotel. When I arrived, it was around 2am in the morning, and they checked me in quickly. I wasn’t really paying attention, but when I went to go to my room, I realised I had been upgraded. Not by a little, but a lot. I ended up with a corner suite, with view down towards Burj Khalifa. The hotel was fantastic. Staff unobtrusive, and efficient, and the restaurants, and facilities on site were top notch.
So New Years Eve, because of the view I had, the I’m not a big fan of crowds, I stayed in house at the hotel. They had 3 or 4 different events, including a free one for in house guests on the pool deck to watch the fireworks. I spent some time there, and it was fun, but I was exhausted, so went to my room, ordered room service, and watched the fireworks from there. BEST DECISION EVER!
Love or hate it, Dubai is the service centre for the middle east, and north africa. It can be busy, and weird, and loud, but I enjoy the differences. I probably won’t be back for a while, but I will be back.