Des­ti­na­tion #5: Dubai

Inside Weddings - - TRAVEL DIARIES -

On their way back to New York, the cou­ple stopped at two lo­ca­tions in the United Arab Emi­rates – first, Dubai. “Dubai al­ways seemed so ex­otic and ex­cit­ing. The cul­ture alone is so in­trigu­ing,” says Lind­say. For their three-night stay, the cou­ple se­lected Armani Ho­tel Dubai, a lux­ury prop­erty si­t­u­ated in the Burj Khal­ifa – the world’s tallest build­ing with over 160 sto­ries. Since their ac­com­mo­da­tions were so cen­trally lo­cated, the pair was able to eas­ily ac­cess Dubai Mall and the Dubai In­ter­na­tional Fi­nan­cial Cen­ter, which houses over 60 food and bev­er­age out­lets. Lind­say and Seth’s fa­vorite meal was at Le Pe­tite Mai­son, which offers French Mediter­ranean and Niçoise cui­sine.

In ad­di­tion to the high-end din­ing and shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ences, the cou­ple also vis­ited the vast Ara­bian Desert. Though the ho­tel concierge rec­om­mended sev­eral ex­cur­sion pro­grams, the pair opted to take a pri­vate tour so they could come and go as they pleased. “It was in­cred­i­ble to see and feel the desert’s whis­perthin sand, some of which we brought home with us!” af­firms Lind­say. In ad­di­tion to view­ing the sights, the cou­ple par­took in ad­ven­tur­ous ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing camel rid­ing, sand board­ing, and dune bash­ing – a form of off-road­ing on sand dunes.

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