Sadly, my partner had to leave Dubai so I could focus on the work ahead. But not before we had one final super special experience!
You see, Burj Al Arab (برج العرب), that sail-shaped luxurious hotel I mentioned in my previous post, had this very special restaurant with a huge aquarium and a setting to, in theory, make you feel you're underwater. So, why not? A nice lunch for us both? We figured we could splurge just a wee bit on it and I booked a table at Al Mahara (the restaurant).
We got there a bit early, so before lunch we went for some views at the hotel's Al Muntaha Bar on the 27th floor for a pre-lunch drink and, especially, for amazing – if a bit too bright and sunny? – views of the emirate by the sea...
After that, we headed down to the Al Mahara. Which is on the second floor of the hotel. But once you get there, you're ushered into a "submarine" that will take you to the "underwater" restaurant. Of course, this is all just theatre, and you're shown images and played sounds as if you were actually traversing the ocean to reach the restaurant. It was cute. Super kitschy, but cute. And then, the restaurant. At this point I'm wondering how I forgot to take a photo? I guess I was just impressed and excited? In the very middle stood a huge aquarium with all sorts of sea creatures. Like, immense. I read it contains some 2.5 million litres of water. It's the definite centrepiece, and the tables around (just two rows of tables, so everybody gets a view) a mere afterthought for the show in the middle.
And then, lunch. Impeccable service – then again, we know next to nothing about service at a luxury place. Delicious seafood – also, once again, no experts, but we found it really good. And the most delicious and incredible dessert I've ever had, some sort of pudding/pastry, creamy but light, with every bite containing many layers of wonderful flavours revealing themselves in order... Yeah, I know, what a corny description, lucky I don't make a living from writing dish reviews! Again, I was so into this meal I took no photos, as you can see.
Happy from our "underwater" and delectable experience, we had a walk around, getting some views of the Jumeirah Hotel nearby, and one last view of Burj Al Arab.
And then, my partner had to leave for his flight. But I still had a few hours of daylight, and I had to make the most of it – I took another tour, this one to the valleys and oases near Oman! Being in such an extreme environment, seeing the vegetation and then the crystal clear and refreshing waters of oases was simply amazing! And I even got to had a swim in one of them! So guilty my partner missed this!
At night, and to prepare my mind for the work ahead, I headed to the creek for a nice, calm view of Dubai by night.
A very short trip, to a very curious corner of our planet. Happy to have had the chance to experience this side of the world.