The Top 3 Malls of Dubai

 Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates 
Dubai is a city known for it's extravagant luxury and next level initiatives and visions. Although predominately known for it's amazing weather; astonishing architecture and great food, the shopping scene can sometimes be forgotten about. With a city full of culture, when taking a trip it can be assumed that your time will be spent either relaxing or  exploring. However you will not want to miss out on the shopping experience. Dubai is home to some of the best malls in the world . . . 

Whatever shop you are looking for you will be sure to find it in Dubai! The famous concrete jungle in the desert has multiple malls filled with shops, restaurants, ski slopes, ice rinks and much more. This left us with the challenge to visit every mall in Dubai during our 10 day trip. 

If you have a smaller time frame and want to see all that you can 'mall' wise then read on; we have found our top three malls . . . the largest mall in the world; the mall with the most astonishing activities and the mall for the laid-back foodie shopper.

The Largest Mall in the World
The Dubai Mall

The Dubai Mall is the largest mall in the world, with over 1,000 shops varying from high street favourites such as Topshop to department stores like Bloomingdales. Under this one roof you can emerge yourself in a day of shopping, eating and fun activities. Regardless of your price range you will be sure to find whatever you are looking for within the Dubai Mall. With so many shops and restaurants you may find it hard to see everything and eat where you want within just one day. This is however perfect if you have a few days to visit the mall; one day you can spend your time in the highstreet shops area, another you could spend down fashion avenue where you will find shops such as Chanel, Dior and Fendi.

Additionally if you get tired of shopping then you could always visit one of the malls experiences, why not go ice skating on the Olympic-sized ice rink or take a wander around the Dubai aquarium and underwater zoo.

The Mall with the most Astonishing Activities
Mall of the Emirates

The Mall of the Emirates is the magnificent Mall with the glass dome roof at the top of this post. Below you can again see the domed roof; this is a well known feature of the Mall. Located in the centre of the shopping Mall below the roof you will find bridges to cross the Mall and get some of the best photos.

This Mall is perfect if you are visiting Dubai during the summer (like we did) and are looking for something fun to do without being outside in the heat. Whether you fancy going to see a film; playing in Magic Planet indoor entertainment centre or even going skiing . . .

The Mall of the Emirates has it all!

Of course like every Mall among all the fun activities you will also find lots of shops. Yet again Dubai has outdone itself and every shop you could possibly want is here.

The Mall for the Laid-Back Foodie Shopper
Dubai Marina Mall

The Dubai Marina Mall is more of a laid-back Mall, this is the perfect place to head if you are looking for more affordable high street shops, nice food and a great location. The Mall is where the name suggests at the Dubai Marina. The Mall offers a wide variety of shops and a wide variety of food establishments where you can eat at along the water front.

From the Mall you can also head next door to the attached pier 7 where you will find an additional seven different and exciting dining concepts. This Mall is definitely for the shopper with a passion for food.  

Although this post has been a round up of our top 3 Malls of Dubai, there are still lots more to visit. Dubai is home to lots of amazing Malls and shopping experiences, most which will exceed your expectations. Finding the right Mall for you can be a challenge, but we hope our post has helped you make a start . . .

Love Chloe and Megan

The Fjords guide | Norway

We recently spent a long weekend in Norway to visit the Fjords. A bucket list experience that we was to excited for. We chose to visit a smaller town to get a feel for the real Norway and with hopes that it wouldn't be too touristy. The town we stayed in was called Stavanger and it is lower down in Norway; below Bergen and across the other side of the country from Oslo. 

As well as wanting to visit the Fjords we also had a good time exploring Stavanger and it was really quite beautiful. It had a beautiful harbour which we enjoyed walking around. It was also surrounded by restaurants and some bars. 
When we're away we love to find some colourful buildings. Stavanger took that to a whole new level! Not only did we find a few buildings but they have a whole cobbled street lined with colourful bars, restaurants and shops. It has to be one of the most photogenic streets we have ever seen. 

We also visited at the end of summer so they still had some beautiful planters full of flowers.
I mean have you ever seen anything quite as colourful as this street! We could have spent the whole day here taking photos! We also noticed that as it got later in the day the atmosphere picked up and it started to get busy for the evening with people going out for dinner and to the bars. 
Around the harbour there are some beautiful buildings that all reflect on the water. If you're lucky you can also spot some quaint old boats. The harbour was nice and calm which made it a really relaxing place to explore. 
The main reason for our visit though was to see the Fjords. On our second day we hopped on our boat trip and out we headed. The boat ride wasn't too long as we picked up some speed. 
We was very lucky with the weather so we spent most of our time at the back of the boat where we had plenty of space to take photos and really appreciate the amazing views. 
This was the old town and it really was so quaint! Be prepared to do a lot of walking though as there are so many cobbled streets and the town is very hilly. 
The colours of the Norwegian Fjords summed up.
We are absolutely obsessed with these natural shades of green at the moment. Norway was so insanely beautiful and didn't disappoint with how much greenery it had to offer.  
Our Fjord cruise was about 3 hours long and it allowed us to not only see the Fjords but also we stopped off at a waterfall where we was able to taste the natural fresh water and we also went past Preikestolen better known as "Pulpit Rock". 
There is an option to stop off to hike to the top so thats something to defiantly consider when booking your trip.
We hope that this guide has been helpful for planning your visit to the Fjords. 

Love Chloe and Megan


Must See Attractions in Dubai

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
We have just got back from an amazing 10 days in Dubai and for sure there is not a shortage of different things to see and do. With that said there is so much, that it is hard to choose how to spend your time and get the most out of your trip. We have put together this post with some of the different things we were lucky enough to experience and ones that we recommend to you on your visit.

Dubai is a city within the United Arab Emirates which is very popular with the British. After all it does have some amazing architecture, beaches, food and great weather all year round!

The Burj Khalifa

This building is known as the tallest building in the world and definitely the first thing we knew we needed to visit on our trip. We booked our tickets before we arrived due to how busy it can get.

You are able to purchase tickets for two different floor levels within the Burj Khalifa. The lower floor you can visit is floor 124 and the higher floor is 148. Of course being 24 floors higher you may want to go as high as possible. However we did not on our visit due to the heat during July and both floors having open terraces. The view from floor 124 is still unlike anything you can imagine. Having been to the top of Empire state building and the Rockafellor building we had seen amazing views before, however this was higher than we ever imagined!

The price of the two different tickets for the Burj Khalifa varies quite a lot, therefore if you are not great with heights or it is a really hot season consider whether you really want to go right to the top before purchasing. 

You can book your tickets on their website: HERE 

As well as going to the top of the Burj Khalifa you can walk outside from the Dubai mall and get some pretty special photos with it in the background.

At the base of the Burj Khalifa is the fountain which you can stand and watch either next to the Burj Khalifa or if you are lucky enough you might even be able to catch the show from the top. There are two shows per day and then they are every half an hour in the evening. We would definitely recommend having a look what time they are on!

Getting to the top of the tallest building in the world in 60 seconds is pretty impressive! (our ears did pop twice)

Once you are at the top you can stay as long as you like to appreciate the view and take as many photos as you want. Also at the top is a little gift shop to get a souvenir of your visit. The viewing deck is also outside so it can feel quiet hot at times but worth it for the best views of this amazing city!

The Lost Chambers Aquarium

The lost chambers aquarium is at Atlantis the palm hotel. To get to this hotel it is quiet a way from the city centre so you need to allow yourself plenty of time for your visit. (Unless your already staying here)

Home to over 65,000 marine animals of all varieties. This aquarium is like no other as there are different aquariums every way you turn. The layout is a little bit like a maze and there were times when we found ourselves back at the same spot from taking a wrong turn.
As well as the aquarium there are also a variety of other packages where you can even get in the tank yourself and even swim with sharks.

Buy your tickets in advance: HERE

Dubai Malls

For sure there is no shortage of shopping when visit Dubai and it seems like every metro stop is a different mall. We visited a few different ones and every time we were blown away by how amazing they were!

The Dubai mall had to be our favourite because of how pretty it was. The most photogenic part of the mall has to be the human sculpture waterfall which is spread out over 4 floors.
Also in the mall there are 1500 shops! With that many you are able to find anything you want as they sell everything. Below you can see the more upmarket part of the mall which must have been our favourite bit.

Dubai Ice Rink

Inside the Dubai mall you will find an ice rink! Perfect to entertain the kids and get away from the heat outside.

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo 

Yes, this is another aquarium . . . but you can never visit enough. Everyone has different species of tropical fish and reptiles. What makes this one even better is the fact its in the middle of a shopping mall.

Have you ever been to Dubai? What attractions did you visit? 

Love Chloe and Megan


Following the Dress Code in the Middle East

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
When it come to visiting the Middle East a little bit of research is needed before you arrive to make sure that you are dressed appropriate. Before our trip to Dubai we made a point of trying to research the do's and don'ts just to make sure that we had everything we needed. We want to share with you everything you need to know so you can have an amazing trip without the worry.

It's your best bet to be conservative when visiting the middle east as it holds such strong religious views. It's also best to refrain from wearing shorts and vest tops as these expose quiet a lot of skin. In the middle east people usually tend to cover their shoulders and knees.

We found that the best clothing to wear is either a jumpsuit or maxi dress. They are both quite cool and give good cover. They have been totally suitable for walking around Dubai and visiting the shopping malls, but if we were to visit a more cultural area then we would put a pashmina over our shoulders.

When it come to footwear there is no particular ruling and you can wear whatever you find comfortable. Just consider the heat when packing and if your trip is going to include a lot of walking you're going to want something that won't rub when you feet get hot. 

On our visit we tended to stick with simple sandals which we could wear in the heat and we also know they would be perfectly comfortable for lots of walking outside and in the malls. 

On our trip we found it was so much easier to use rucksacks as we carried around our cameras, drinks and often a small scare incase we needed to cover up to visit certain areas.

We hope this has been helpful for wherever you may be visiting in the middle east and it allows you to have a stress free amazing trip!

Love Chloe and Megan


The Ultimate Las Vegas Bucket List Experience | Flynyon Open Door Helicopter

Our first time in a helicopter . . . why not go in one with no doors?

Las Vegas is full of a lot of crazy, exciting and adrenaline fuelled experiences. However if you are looking for that experience which will take your breath away; give you all the adventure vibes and leave you with the most amazing memories . . . then you need to book your open door helicopter now!

Flynyon offer a helicopter experience like no other. Flying over the Las Vegas strip allows you the most amazing views of all the sights and hotels. Whether you are taking a flight during the day to experience the magnitude of Vegas; at sunset to experience golden hour in Vegas or at night to see the city lit up.   
Before the flight . . .

The thought of going up in a helicopter with no doors can be a little daunting!

Don't worry though, by the time you are up in the air you will be all prepared and excited to get some amazing photos.

But what happens before? Let us tell you . . .

  • Meeting your pilot - before your flight you will meet your pilot and the rest of the passengers on your flight. This enables you to ask any questions you may have before going up.

  • Safety briefing - this is where you learn what to do and what to expect if an emergency did happen. By watching a short video you will be prepared for any emergency and understand what to do.

  • Harnessing - of course with the helicopter having no doors you will need to be secure. This involves you being harnessed into your seat. Your pilot and other staff at Flynyon will assist you putting your harness on and making sure it is tight and secure. You will also be offered an additional jacket if you don't have much on and it is a cold time of year.

  • Camera equipment - for your helicopter experience you are able to take your choice of camera and a phone with you. If you are taking a go-pro then you can either take your own holder or have it attached to your harness with a Flynyon accessory; a handheld camera can be attached to your harness by a cord and your phone additionally by a cord. Therefore you can freely take your photos without the worry of dropping anything.

  • Safety checks - this is probably a given, but your shoes need to be tight and secure. If you are dangling your feet out of a helicopter then you really don't want to lose them.
In the helicopter . . .

When getting in the helicopter you will be instructed where to sit and helped into your seat. The pilot and staff will harness you in and show you where your seatbelt is. You will also be given your headset for the flight.

In the helicopter there is one passenger seat in the front next to the pilot and four in the back on the bench seat. Now you're thinking how does everyone get their feet shots . . .

The two passengers sat in the middle at the back take their feet photos while sitting on the floor of the helicopter. At take off they will be seated on the bench with a seatbelt; when instructed by the pilot you will take off your seatbelt (you are harnessed in still) and climb down onto the floor to sit and take your photos. Once instructed again you will climb back into your seat and put your seatbelt back on to fly back.

This may seem a little scary ... but talking from experience; as we were both sat in the middle seats at the back; this is one of the best experiences you could imagine.
Up in the air . . .

Once in the air it is only a short flight to get above the strip. You will have a headset on for the duration of the flight, which allows you to hear everything the pilot is saying. When not talking the pilot also plays some music through the headset. This is perfect if you are a little nervous and don't want to hear the sound of the helicopter.

Those who are on the back seat in the middle will get to sit on the floor to dangle their feet and get their photos.

This will be one of the quickest 20 minutes you have ever had, after all time flies when you are having fun!
Top tips . . .

  • There is no such thing as too many photos - even if you think you have got a really good photo, just keep taking more. By the time you get down you may notice that quite a lot of your photos are blurry. Take as many photos as you can to make sure you get a good one!

  • Keep the top half of your body in the helicopter - when you're up in the air dangling your feet out, try to keep the rest of your body in the helicopter. This will keep your photos less blurry and stop you blowing your head off.

  • Wrap up warm - even if the weather is nice, in a helicopter with no doors it can be VERY windy.

  • Put your hair in a bun - if your hair is long enough for a bun, then definitely put it in one! Don't think a pony tail will be ok, because as soon as you're up in the air you will regret it. The wind will blow your hair everywhere and the last thing you want to be doing is sorting out your hair and missing the view.

  • Know your camera settings - with so much going on before the flight the last thing you want to be doing is sorting out your photo settings. Making sure you have the right settings is essential if you want the best photos, especially if you are doing a night flight.

  • Don't use a flash - if you are taking foot photos then using a flash could make your photo only pick up your feet and not the view.
Have you ever considered an open door helicopter?

Love Chloe and Megan

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