Solid Gold - Dubai and Abu Dhabi

I love jewelry so if I see anything gold it catches my eye.  While waiting for our coach from Abu Dhabi to Dubai, I wandered off and bumped into The Gold ATM.  Oh yeah, you read it right.  I was immediately intimidated by how much the prices were so I didn't even look and just took a picture.  Then I turned to walk back to my friends and saw a gold car in the same lobby.  I immediately thought to myself "I don't think I brought enough spending money."  To my surprise, I was ok!  The conversion at the time I went was 3.67 Dirham to 1 USD.  Phew!  

I was a little nervous because on my "must see" list was the Gold Souk in Deira which is known for beautiful gold jewelry.  Prior to visiting the souk. I asked some of the locals what they thought of it and where I should go to buy certain pieces and I was told ANYWHERE! I didn't understand until they explained that you can haggle at the gold shops and it's cheaper than the US.  It was like music to my ears.  I was able to score three pairs of 18K gold earrings and a custom made bracelet with "Mel" in Arabic for an equivalent of $390.  Not bad!

For those who would like to visit:

Gold Souk in Deira (Dubai)

Gold Souk  (Abu Dhabi)

This was the first thing I saw leaving the airport!

This was the first thing I saw leaving the airport!

24k gold Porsche

24k gold Porsche

Dubai: Wildlife drive & breakfast

I was so excited to to go on this tour!  

My friends and I booked the wildlife drive and Bedouin breakfast with Platinum Heritage .  Our day started pretty early, six in the morning to be exact. We were picked up at our apartment (transportation is part of the package) and drove for about an hour to the Desert Conversation Center where we swapped our SUV and rode to the Bedouin camp in a beautiful vintage Land Rover along the desert.  Once we arrived to the camp, we were greeted by the locals with fresh rosewater to rinse our hands and were offered freshly brewed coffee and tea.  We sat around and socialized with fellow visitors and prepared to ride our camels.  The highlight for me was hearing stories from the local Bedouin and how things have rapidly developed in the UAE. To my surprise, he appreciates it because he feels that everyday tasks are so much easier to accomplish.  We ended the tour with a drive around the pristine Dubai desert and took so many pics.  I TOTALLY suggest booking a tour with Platinum Heritage  if you plan on visiting Dubai.  There are other great options to choose from and for a little over $100.00, you will have a blast!

Vintage Land Rovers

Vintage Land Rovers

Breakfast preparation

Breakfast preparation

My friends Jarvis and Ryan

My friends Jarvis and Ryan

Can you tell I was scared? 

Can you tell I was scared? 

Traditional Emirati breakfast

Traditional Emirati breakfast

Local Bedouin

Local Bedouin