75 396km // DUBAI // UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

75 396km // DUBAI // UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Probably the nicest surprise on our trip so far, has been the 20hrs we spent in Dubai. A city that wasn’t on our Wanderlist (until now) and one we used merely as a stop-over when traveling from Australia back to Europe, has shone through the false stories that Dubai is simply a fake world, and instead has blown us away.

The idea of Dubai didn’t really appeal to us. Shopping malls, big brands, fast cars and a consumerist-driven lifestyle is pretty much the opposite of what our journey stands for. We’ve sold our belongings, packed very few items into the four bags that we now call our cupboard, and are aiming to live with less, collecting memories not things. One could say we wouldn’t know what to do with ourselves in Dubai.

But after our recent visit, we can safely say that there’s a lot more to Dubai than simply glitz and image (and that’s just from our quick not-even-a-full-day impression).

Granted – we’ve never seen more Lamborghinis and enhanced SUVs in our lives, and Africa’s wealthiest square mile (and our old home) Sandton’s shopping mall really can’t compare to the malls found here (especially the Dubai Mall, which is the world’s largest shopping arena), but somehow we left feeling inspired. For one, the city’s rapid growth rate is unlike any other city in the world. In the short 44 years of independence (celebrated today on December 2nd), Dubai has gone from being a dry desert to the epitome of a tourist destination, with no intention of slowing down. The structures you see will leave you gasping for the air conditioned air, each appearing more impressive than the last. Then to hold 16 world records (currently building the 17th), all within a few miles of each other, is enough to breed ambition into anyone. It’s incredible to see a state aim bigger, and higher with each new project, all whilst alluring a signature soul. As a creative, it was inspiring to see visions that had blossomed into completed pieces in such a short space of time (especially after watching this epic film on the plane right before landing).

Dubai was also the cleanest city we’ve seen thus far – so clean that you could probably eat off the floors, and with the amount of entertainment available – from the aquarium (which I have of-fish-ally added to our Wanderlist for when we return), the ski ramp and the water parks, to the desert safaris, dhow cruisesyacht charters, and the sensational architecture – for anyone wanting to experience life amplified, Dubai is definitely the place.

Thank you Lyndon, Collette, Cooper and Dubai – you will definitely see us again (for a lot longer next time, we promise).

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Dubai UAE | How Far From Home

Dubai UAE | How Far From Home

Dubai UAE | How Far From Home

Dubai UAE | How Far From Home

Dubai UAE | How Far From Home

Dubai UAE | How Far From Home

Dubai UAE | How Far From Home

Dubai UAE | How Far From Home

Dubai UAE | How Far From Home

Dubai UAE | How Far From Home

Dubai UAE | How Far From Home

Dubai UAE | How Far From Home

Dubai UAE | How Far From Home

Dubai UAE | How Far From Home

Dubai UAE | How Far From Home

Dubai UAE | How Far From Home

Dubai UAE | How Far From Home

Dubai UAE | How Far From Home

Dubai UAE | How Far From Home

Dubai UAE | How Far From Home

Dubai UAE | How Far From Home

3 Comments
  • natasha dobbs
    Posted at 16:28h, 22 February

    Thanks so much for that interesting article! I envy what you 2 have done after watching you at design indaba, you have pushed me to get some more traveling under my belt. I have been looking at moving there for a couple of months now. One of the things I wonder if u could help me with is, is did you struggle to be there as a couple? and how did you find dressing there? last thing would you live there?

    • howfarfromhomeblog@gmail.com
      Posted at 07:07h, 23 February

      Hi Natasha! Thanks so much for the kind words and support! So exciting that you’re thinking about Dubai – it’s a beautiful city with so much growth.

      Did you struggle to be there as a couple? – While we were visiting, no, but I believe unmarried couples couldn’t live together, so that would definitely be a struggle for us if we weren’t just visiting.

      How did you find dressing there? – Not as problematic as we originally thought. We were both able to wear what we wanted, and in that heat, shorts for both of us was perfect.

      Would you live there? – We’ll never say never, but with the heat increasing annually, not sure we could handle such intense heat all the time. We’d also not be able to live together at this stage, so maybe later in life.

      Good luck!!

  • Karan
    Posted at 09:08h, 28 February

    I’m glad you guys enjoyed yourself. I can understand that spending even just a few hours in Dubai can leave one spellbound; but having lived here for 17 years, I feel this place lacks one very important thing: soul. And this is because, for many, it is a transient place to live in.

    While I admire that Dubai has set great aspirations for itself (one of which includes creating a counter-culture movement) I wouldn’t ever call this place home.

    Hope you guys are doing well back home!

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