Bucket List Destinations: Dubai

imageWhen you first hear the word Dubai, you might jump to preconceived notions about this beautiful country that aren’t necessarily true. Dubai is a stunning, constantly growing country full of culture and diversity that’s more than worth exploring.image

Located on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf, Dubai has more than enough extravagant architecture, gorgeous gardens, and stunning landscapes to see. If you need a little bit of convincing as to why Dubai should be on your bucket list of destinations, here are a few sights that are a must-see!

Burj Al Arab

Known for being one of the most luxurious hotels in the world, the Burj Al Arab does not disappoint in overindulgence. Perched on an artificial Island, the hotel is adorned with fountains that shoot up to the high ceilings, lavish chandeliers hanging from golden ceilings, and a beautiful view of the Dubai Skyline. Of course, not everyone has $1,800 to spend on a night in the world’s only “seven-star” hotel. Even if you don’t plan to stay at the hotel, visiting the hotel or sharing a meal at one of the many award-winning restaurants is worth it in itself!Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

Desert Safari

Riding through the desert sands, exploring its wildlife, and enjoying a gorgeous desert sunset are only few of the experiences that make this safari so worthwhile. After trekking through the sand dunes in the backseat of a 4×4, you’re given time to snap photos of the desert as the sun casts down, view the exotic birds and wildlife, experience a camel ride, and enjoy a buffet dinner under the stars as part of the cultural experience. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I’ll never forget and would recommend anyone seeking a different kind of adventure.Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset


You’re never too old for the water park, especially not this one. Even if you don’t plan on visiting the water park, the hotel is a sight to see in itself. Ceiling high glass tanks with exotic fish and sharks swimming at every corner, colorfully bedecked pillars and arched entrances make this hotel truly feel like you’re in Atlantis. The water park is surrounded by palm trees, water slides of every size, and even a tube ride that takes you into the underwater wildlife’s sanctuary. I have never in my life been to such an extravagant hotel and water park, and the five year old inside of me couldn’t resist putting this one on the list!

Jumeirah Beach Residence

This waterfront strip leads through restaurants, boutiques and the charming  condos and homes that line the beautiful Jumeirah beach. Not too far away lays the Dubai Marina and its walkway which overlooks the water, and the city’s many skyscrapers (the famous Burj Khalifa). 

imageThis list could go on and on as I reminisce about all of the wonderful experiences I was able to have while viewing such beautiful sights. Dubai may have different rules as it is part of the United Arab Emirates and follows Muslim and Sharia laws, but these are not difficult to follow at all, and should not deter you from visiting such a beautiful country.Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

Have you ever been to, or wanted to visit Dubai? I’d love to hear your stories!

  • Eva

    Omg, amazing photos!! I haven’t been to Dubai, but it’s definitely on my to do list =)

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Eva, hopefully you have the chance to visit one day!

  • Dubai looks so beautiful! Lovely photos!

    Abigail | BLUSH & NOISE

    • Diana Maria

      It really is, thank you Abigail!

  • Would definitely love to visit Dubai one day. It’s so grandiose & pretty. :]

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    • Diana Maria

      You should, I think you’d really love it it’s beautiful!

  • dubai is definitely on my bucket list, it looks amazing!!


    • Diana Maria

      It truly is! I’m glad you enjoyed the post Danielle xo

  • Dubai looks stunning, you’ve got some beautiful photographs in this post! I’d love to visit someday.


    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Alice! Hopefully you have the opportunity to one day, you wouldn’t regret it if you did visit!

  • Dubai has so many amazing places to visit and explore! I want to visit it one day so much, but the trip itself is a very expensive one from where I live. The flight itself is over 1,000 euros :/

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • Diana Maria

      I agree, the flight was quite long and expensive for me as well, but definitely worth the trip if you ever save enough to take it!

  • I am getting seriously jealous by looking at all these photos! This place looks so amazing, I am so jealous that you got to visit Dubai! It is on one of the top places I now want to visit in 2016. Very lovely pictures! xo, Lauren

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    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Lauren, you’re so kind! I’m glad it’s on your list I never really thought of it as a place to visit until I had the opportunity to go so I’m sure you’d love it as well!

  • I’ve been to Dubai and it was amazing! The shopping was incredible xx

    • Diana Maria

      Agreed there is such lovely shopping there, I’m glad you enjoyed yourself too!

  • Ahhh yes!!! Dubai is such an amazing place to visit! Can’t wait to be there one day!

    • Diana Maria

      It is! Hopefully you enjoy your visit there! xo

  • Dubai is definitely on my bucket list! So beautiful! 🙂

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    • Diana Maria

      I hope you fulfill that list, you’ll be amazed by Dubai!

  • Wow, your blog and photographs are really spectacular! You’ve given me such a huge dose of wanderlust just reading 😀 Dubai looks amazing! xx

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    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Elizabeth that’s so sweet! I’m glad I could inspire some wanderlust in you too! I hope you’re able to see this corner of the world one day!

  • Dubai had been on my travel bucket list for ages now, it looks amazing!

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    • Diana Maria

      That’s wonderful, it will definitely surprise you in the best of ways if you ever do visit!

  • Wow I’d love to visit Dubai it looks incredible!! Lovely photos too! x

    Jenny | Krystel Couture

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Jenny!

  • I’ve wanted to visit Dubai for so long! It sounds like you had such a great trip! If I ever get the chance to visit, I’d definitely make a trip to the Atlantis waterpark and do a desert safari – they both sound so amazing!
    xo April | April Everyday

    • Diana Maria

      It’s such a lovely time, I’m glad you enjoyed the post and hopefully one day you have the chance to see Dubai too!

  • Dubai is such a beautiful place!
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    • Diana Maria

      It really is!

  • The Sunday Mode

    Ah wow this really takes me back. I’ve been to Dubai once before but it was quite difficult to go outside because of the extreme (and I mean extreme!) humidity. I’ve love to go back when it doesn’t feel like a sauna every time you step outside!


    • Diana Maria

      Oh I know, it can get so hot out there it’s ridiculous so I agree that coming back during a cooler time would be so lovely!

  • millieerosee

    wow dubia looks incredible, its definatly up there in places I most want to go to 🙂 hope you have a nice day x x

    • Diana Maria

      It’s truly beautiful, you definitely should! Thank you, same to you!

  • ugh i’d love to go to dubai!!!! def on my list


    • Diana Maria

      I hope you have the chance to visit one day, it’s an amazing place!

  • Egle Rymolaityte

    Wow! i hope to see it someday. It is also on my bucket list!


    • Diana Maria

      It’s beautiful, I hope you get to visit one day too Egle!

  • Zorica

    I’ve never been to Dubai but i hope to go someday…There are so many things to see

    • Diana Maria

      There are! I’m sure you would love it if you had the chance to visit, hopefully one day you do!

  • I really want to visit dubai! and after seeing these photos, even more so (:

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    • Diana Maria

      You most definitely should one day, it’s such a unique and ever-growing place to see unfold!