6 Must-See Items in Dubai (& they’re free!)

Dubai List

I would argue one of the best things about Dubai, if not the best, is how much you can explore & simply see.  Without having to pay anything or work very hard.  Not without effort, Dubai sets records & created a visual piece of artwork.  You can fill your entire trip just driving around exploring the different landscapes – for FREE.  Sometimes paying for the view, isn’t as good as actually searching for it yourself.

I wanted to show you how to make a trip adventurous without spending a ton of money!  I feel like I’m a master at going on budget friendly trips, including Dubai.  Food & drink is expensive, but there’s SO much to do for free, or nearly free – if you can just get yourself there.  You wouldn’t even be able to finish this list in one trip!  And if you do, I can add to it 🙂

This is MY checklist when I go back – things to go stare at.  And they never get old.  Even when I lived there, going to stare at the items on this list was one of my favorite things to do.  And a way to ensure I won’t waste my precious money.

1-  Burj Khalifa
This twinkly building still takes my breathe away.  Because it’s right outside the Dubai Mall there’s plenty of space to go walk around the building & look at it yourself – without paying a dime.  Get yourself to the Dubai Mall & walk outside.  You can eat near it, shop near it, walk near it, or just sit down & stare at it.  The fountain show that plays outside the building at night will also take your breathe away.  Go check it out during the day & at night for completely different views.  Until Dubai builds their next world record setting building, this is the top spot for me.  And you absolutely need a GoPro to fit the whole damn thing in a photo, OR spend $$$$ to have a tourey sales man take one measly photo for you…

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Two Years Later – Visiting Dubai!

Dubai

The saying “time flies when you’re having fun” is terrible & true isn’t it?  I remember miserable days/years in different jobs, & man did time drag.  But, of course, when you’re having fun & enjoying all the parts of your life, time goes quick!  So, would you rather a boring yet long life or short yet exciting life? Ha!  Nothing like that awful question to wake you up on a Thursday morning.

I’m back from Dubai! Long story short, it was fun & it went fast.  Which in this case is better than the alternative.

Everyone that followed along on my Instagram Stories, thank you! That was fun to create.  If you missed it, I left a lot of the stories in my “highlights” section.  Click on my Instagram profile & right below the bio you’ll see the circle for Dubai & Bahrain with the stories while I was there.

If you’ve been reading for awhile you likely know this trip was a big step for me.  Last time I was in Dubai I left in a rush & didn’t exactly leave every relationship in it’s best place.  And that feeling strengthened even while I was back in the States, especially when Wafiq decided he was going to stay & begin the immigration process.  Needless to say my relationships weren’t in tip top shape across the pond.

Last year, I decided to skip the trip Wafiq took home for that very reason,  I wasn’t ready to walk back into my past OR the lions den.

This year I was ready.  Wafiq & I are both comfortable & confident in the choices we’ve made in the past & knowing we’re in control of the choices were going to make in the future – I felt like there was nothing to fear anymore.  No judgment or conversation or threat or whatever was going to hurt me.  And I don’t mean to paint the picture as if everyone was going to do just that, but when you’re struggling & feeling weak & not confident with yourself – it’s hard to defend decisions in front of anyone.  And we lived in that space for awhile so I had to protect myself.  But this time I was ready.

Right when we arrived, I felt like I was living in Dubai yesterday, but better.  And more comfortable.   Everyone was excited to see us.  The first days were filled with food.  Family. Friends. Kids.  And Food.  I definitely did not have a chance to pick up my phone & document anything.  But because those first days were easy, I immediately knew the rest of the trip would be too.

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Weekend Vibes: South Congress, Austin TX

South Congress, Austin TX South Congress is home to A TON of familiar places.  I remember first visiting Austin and driving down SouthCongress in complete awe. Local shops line the curbs and the beautiful Austin Skyline stands tall at the end of the road  {…and I want to take you there with me}.   Let’s get […]

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Life Goals: Packing Light

I’m going to New York this weekend – Ouiiiiiiiii! Wafiq’s sister is traveling to New York, so we thought it would be a fun weekend to meet up – Stay tuned.   TODAY I want to discuss packing.  How do you guys pack for weekend trips?  Except for the past 7 months or so I […]

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Sell Your Clothes & Buy A Camera

I’ll go ahead and say this first: Real cameras are expensive. Real camera = Not a phone We’re already spending near millions on our miniature computers, aka mobile phones, so spending even more on a real camera sounds like some kind of sick joke.   I’ve been following several blogs for years now and I […]

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All The Reasons You NEED Jazz !

For the love of Jazz.   I’m always listening to music. I love using music as a way to let the mind wander. Isn’t it wild how different styles of music can take you so many places? On the way to work a couple years back I remember listening to Taylor Swift’s album “Red”, then […]

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Trader Joe’s Must-Have Groceries

Alright alright alright I now live approx. 10 minutes away from Trader Joe’s so it’s my number one stop for a quick grocery shopping trip. I’m very particular about the grocery list’s I have. It’s taken me a while to cultivate a badass list. I read every single label. At first, this sounds high maintenance, but once […]

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Bug bite? I’m here to help.

The all so glorious bug bites. Shoot me now. I have HAVE have to share this recent discovery with you guys.  I debated because I feel it’s a little blah but I’m sooo freakin happy, I can’t resist. Vicks Vapo Rub for bug bites.   Oh. M. GEEEE.  Life changer.  Miracles do exist! Maybe this trick is […]

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The First Thing I Look For When I’m Overseas

Well this is fun. I was in the process of creating my Must Have Trader Joe’s Grocery List and experienced a little flashback –>  I was getting off the plane in Bahrain and immediately asked to go to the grocery store.  A friend overheard my request and the look on his face will forever be imprinted in […]

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The Spring To-Do List

Spring is officially here! I’m obsessed with Spring because it finally allows me to wear floral print {everything} without needing an explanation.   It’s also the time of season that I realize stuffing my face with 3 breakfast tacos every Sunday isn’t working out well for my body. {The shorts are out and the jiggle can’t […]

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