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

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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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The Best Instagram Spots in Dubai

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai is known as a bloggers paradise . . . and for good reason! Everywhere you visit and turn in Dubai it is instagram worthy. Whether you are looking for them instagram photos of you or even photos of views and breath-taking places, Dubai has it all. You will find great inside shots as well as outside, and in this kind of heat you will definitely want some inside photo-shoot time instead of just all outside! 

This post should help you find the best instagram spots if you have an upcoming trip; or if you haven't been to Dubai before it will inspire you to book a trip! Think HOT weather, Dubai appropriate clothing and some of the prettiest views you can imagine. Being a dessert the city is hazy a lot of the time, however this makes the skyscrapers look even more impressive, especially the Burj Khalifa which is the tallest building in the world. 

You can check out what we posted on our Instagram here
(also don't forget to check out our Dubai story highlight) 

Come and find the best instagram spots for your trip . . . 

Location: Palace Downtown

The Burj Khalifa is a very well known building in Dubai, after all it is the tallest building in the world! 

Therefore no Instagram would be complete without a perfect photo of the building, either on its own or with you in it. Being so tall you are able to get photos from almost anywhere near by. However it does get very busy in this area and if you want a perfect shot with no-one else in it then you need to know where to go! 

This go pro photograph is not what we was originally aiming for . . . we was heading for the Palace Downtown, which is the perfect bloggers spot for the ultimate instagram photo. The Palace Downtown's entrance has a water walkway which offers the best views of the Burj Khalifa. However if it is closed like when we visited, by the entrance you can also find this arch way which acts as a frame for the Burj Khalifa! 

Location: Souk Al Bahar Entrance 

The Souk Al Bahar entrance is just outside of the Dubai mall, where the Burj Khalifa fountains are located. To get here you will have to walk through the mall to the fountain exit which is by five guys. In front of you, you will see this bridge walk way. 

This area is perfect for instagram due to its warm sandy tones; bright light and great views. You can either get your instagram shots like ours through the walkway or even with the Burj Khalifa in them. 

This is also a perfect area to get photos at golden hour . . . 

Location: Dubai Mall Waterfall 

This human statue waterfall is one of the many amazing attractions within the Dubai mall. When it comes to malls in Dubai you have seen nothing like it before. The malls have every shop you could ever need; lots of eating places for whatever you desire; attractions to see and attractions to experience. 

The human waterfall is another quirky and different attraction within the mall. Whether like us you want to get some great photos or even if you just want a couple of minutes peace listening to the water falling. The waterfall is viewable from all four floors of the shopping centre. We took our photos from the ground floor as it offered the best light and the best view of the humans above us. 

Be prepared to wait to get the perfect photo though, the waterfall does get very busy with tourists . . . 

We would recommend crouching to get the shot; this will help you get more of the amazing waterfall in the shot and less of the mall. 

Location: The Lost Chambers Aquarium, Atlantis 

The Lost Chambers Aquarium is the amazing well known aquarium in the Atlantis hotel on the palm. This is already a popular bloggers instagram spot; after all it is very different and unique. Normally we don't really like to take dark photos for our instagram but this photo turned out amazing. 

The only downside to this instagram location is that you will need to pay to get to it. The aquarium has two different prices depending on whether you are staying in the hotel or not. However do not let this put you off because not only are you getting your amazing instagram shot but you are also able to see this amazing aquarium! 

If you time your photo well you can even get some pretty amazing animals in the shot . . .  

Location: Souk Al Bahar Bridge 

This photo is taken in the same place as the walkway photo above; however unlike the first one this is facing the Burj Khalifa. On the bridge walkway you will find lots of arches to view the Burj Khalifa through. These were great to get a framed shot for instagram. We also found how due to it already being such an interesting spot we do not necessarily need us in the photos. 

This instagram spot was perfect to get a simple, yet stunning and breath-taking shot of one of the worlds landmarks! 

Location: At The Top, Burj Khalifa 

The view from this photo straight away shows you where it was taken . . . at the top of the Burj Khalifa! 

This again is another instagram spot where you will need to pay to get to. However being the tallest building in the world it is definitely a must visit anyway. With the purchase of a ticket to go to the top of the Burj Khalifa you will be able to experience the highest views in the world from inside a building. 

The photo that we have taken for our instagram was taken on the 124th floor out on the terrace. Being outside this terrace for extremely hot to take photos on. However we found that by sitting by the window we could get the best photos with as much view as possible in them! 

This may be our favourite photo in Dubai . . . 

Location: Mall of the Emirates 

Of course another amazing mall in Dubai . . . 

If you love shopping then Dubai is a great shopping city to visit. The Mall of the Emirates photographed above has over 700 shops. Although not the biggest in Dubai (the Dubai Mall has over 1,200!) the Mall of the Emirates is a stunning mall. Normally a mall is not an instagram spot; however since visiting Dubai we have changed our opinion on this. 

Dubai is full of malls which have amazing instagram spots . . . 

Location: Souk Al Bahar, Rear Exit 

Is there even such a thing as having too many photos of the Burj Khalifa? 

If you walk through or round the Souk Al Bahar then you will find this hidden spot which has some of the best views of the Burj Khalifa. Even if you are not looking for anymore photos of the Burj Khalifa this little area is great to explore. 

During our visit, being the middle of summer in Dubai it was rather hot to be outside. However during cooler months this is a great area to visit. Although being so tall the Burj Khalifa is hard to fit in a photo; from here you are able to get a good view of the chunky base and see it start to go up. We love how we can get full outfit photos with the best background! 

Location: Dubai Mall Aquarium and Underwater Zoo 

Who knew that Dubai loved there aquariums so much? 

This is a different aquarium to the one we have discussed above. However it is still as impressive, instead of a large glass window to see all the animals it has a walk through tunnel! This is a perfect area to get another relaxed instagram photo with pretty blue tones. 

We love how this spot is fun and instagramable at the same time! 

Have you ever been to Dubai? Where were the best instagram spots? 

Love
Chloe and Megan 

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