What To Do: Dubai Stopover (2017)

One of the best options for traveling to the Middle-East and/or Asia is on the Dubai flag-carrier, Emirates. If connecting through their Dubai hub, one benefit of traveling with Emirates that is available to you is their Dubai stopover program. Once you book your flight through Dubai, call the airline and have of them adjust your reservation to extend your connection at no additional cost. Or, simply, book through a travel agent and tell them you’re interested in the program. When I travel to Hyderabad in the the coming weeks, I’ll be taking advantage of this program to experience the futuristic city.

  1. Eat dinner at Nusr Et Steakhouse: Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach. Nispetiye Caddesi No.87 Etilera
  2. Visit the Dubai Mall: Financial Centre Road, Downtown Dubai
  3. Take a Desert Safari Ride
  4. Go to the Dubai Opera: Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai
  5. Take the monorail to Palm Jumeirah – one of the largest artificial islands in the world in the shape of a palm tree
  6. Stroll along City Walk: 39 Al Safa St (at the junction of Al Wasl & Al Safa Road)
  7. And finally, look up at the Burj Khalifa: Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai

Nusr Et Steakhouse

First off, it’s a rare occasion when a social media phenomenon collides with my life. And it’s an even rarer that I would coordinate such a feat for myself. Second, we’re talking about the Turkish meat master. And finally, getting reservations at Nusr-et Dubai felt like the beginning of a religious experience, a unique sensation that I’d never previously associated with dining out. Here’s why:

I respect this man, Nusret Gökçe. He commanded my attention, like much of the internet’s, when first appearing on youtube and treating a piece of meat with more respect than most people get on a daily basis. Each motion is a stroke devotion, practice and love. His demeanor exudes respect and he clearly has a relationship with the meat through life and death.

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His respect for the animal sold me. Time and again I find myself watching his videos, his technique and that finesse.

I’m not ashamed to say that if this man offered an apprenticeship I would start it all over to learn from the master.

I very much am looking forward to experiencing his cuisine and culture.

Take a Desert Safari Ride

Yes please. As someone that has never experienced a proper desert or safari excursion, this is the s’more of traveling abroad. Riding around in 4x4s, camel treks, sand skiing, it reads like a fantasy or a movie.

As intriguing and exciting as a Desert Safari sounds, I can’t honestly say I’m a fan of extreme heat and dust storms. But nothing is perfect. Dubai is definitely an environment that is foreign in every sense and I am very much a home-grown American but I am not deterred. As a cap to my travels in and around India and Dubai, I’m most compelled to experience the extremes this time. Not to be sidelined; to enjoy such an experience vicariously through my family.

I can always be humbled by nature. Irreverence to time and impervious to my (individual) impact. As much as traveling to India is of bucket list quality, experiencing every biome, the majesty of nature is not just nice. I believe to be necessary.

I seek to return humbled by such beauty.