Dubai Trip Pt 3 – My stay in Dubai
After landing at Dubai International Airport we headed to the hotel. Upon arrival, we eagerly checked in and then decided to have a look around the hotel – the Double Tree by Hilton The Walk on Jumeriah Beach. Once we had retired to our room on the first evening, we decided to order room service.
The room was fantastic and very luxurious with two bedrooms, each with a balcony and four bathrooms, one of which was easily accessible with a roll in shower. In a similar way, the hotel had also been designed impeccable with the remainder of the hotel being fully accessible.
Dubai, in recent years have really been developed and this can be seen from the the large number of skyscrapers that dominate the skyline while the infrastructure is superb with their highways consisting of six lanes.
When it came to getting around, we opted for taxis which are reasonably priced, however, we did take the opportunity to go for a stroll down the Walk on Jumeirah Beach. Unfortunately, their pavements do not have any drop kerbs and so, it meant that I was required to do a lot of back wheel balance in order to negotiate the curbs while I did require assistance to get back onto the pavement. As a wheelchair user, I would recommend that you avoid the pavements and use a taxi as they are cheap enough to get around. Despite the pavements being an obstacle, most of the hotels, malls and restaurants that we frequented were wheelchair friendly with accessible toilets.
I found that the people were helpful, in particular taxi drivers and hotel staff and in many cases they were almost too helpful and would often overlook the fact that I made it clear that I did not need assistance. Perhaps they assumed that I was not capable of doing things for myself such as getting in and out of a taxi or transferring to and from a sofa.
When it came to the price of staying in Dubai, I found it to be expensive with alcohol being extremely expensive. I chose to eat in expensive restaurants after following recommendations and we found that the service and experience was second to none and so, I have no complaints there. We ate at Nobu at the Atlantis which was a fantastic meal but again, it was in the higher bracket of prices, the Armani Restaurant in the Burj Khalifa (the tallest building in the world) which came with spectacular views, Thiptara Restaurant which was equally as good as we sat alongside a fountain display – the food here was spectacular and was actually reasonably priced so I would recommend eating there. Along with these top restaurants, I also ate at the Brazilian Rodizio in downtown Dubai and a number of other restaurants during my ten day stay in Dubai.
I chose to sample some shopping at the Dubai Mall and the sheer size of it left me amazed as there is so much to do there besides shopping such as skiing and eating out.
I had an amazing time in Dubai but like most things, everything must end and it was time to return to England. Our flight was scheduled for 2pm local time and so, we headed to Dubai International and checked in our luggage where I was appointed an assistant who took my family and myself through customs and security, which had to include a trip to duty free to make a few purchases.
I was first again to board the plane and the flight home was smooth, comfortable and easy with no turbulence. As we were coming in to land, we could see fireworks over London as it was Bonfire Night which was a great way to return home from a wonderful trip.
The question is, would I recommend Dubai to a wheelchair user? Absolutely. It is an amazing city with an amazing urban scenery that will blow you away. However, don’t spend too long looking up at the skyscrapers because you will need to keep an eye on those pavements with no drop kerbs if you are a wheelchair user.
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