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Going to Dubai then the Maldives

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I hear on the main drag (Sheikh Zayed Road,) in Dubai there are some impressive dealerships on the main drag. Doubt you'll see much for car stuff in the Maldives? :lol2: 

 

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I doubt you will see many cars there randomly unless there is an event on, there is a lot less supercars in Dubai than say London

 

You could go to Ferrari world and buy some socks and gloves! 

 

When are you out there?  I'm heading there soon for Christmas, of which they make an excellent effort, very christmassy. Could do drinks if you are around, I'm staying at Burj Al Arab  

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On 12/15/2018 at 1:21 AM, topjay said:

I doubt you will see many cars there randomly unless there is an event on, there is a lot less supercars in Dubai than say London

 

You could go to Ferrari world and buy some socks and gloves! 

 

When are you out there?  I'm heading there soon for Christmas, of which they make an excellent effort, very christmassy. Could do drinks if you are around, I'm staying at Burj Al Arab  

Not going to be there till next year. FerrariWorld does sound interesting. 

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Car stuff you'll see plenty of cars in the valet parking section/parking garage at the two main malls - Dubai Mall, and Mall of the Emirates. 

Dubai Mall is at the base of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. They have a water fountain show in the evening synced to music at the base of the building. The top of the building is pretty nice to see esp if you can see the sunset (buy tickets in advance to speed through the lines a bit). If you've never been up high of the Freedom Tower or Willis Tower, it would definitely be worth it, otherwise it's just another very high look out point - our depth perception is pretty poor at distinguishing extra height in tall buildings or skydiving which can be a good or bad thing, haha....

Dubai Mall has a nice aquarium inside, while Mall of the Emirates has the indoor ski slope, as far as exploring the novelty aspects of Dubai. 

While both malls have good shopping, Mall of the Emirates has every single high end boutique brand known to man, and all in close proximity to each other. 

The Lamborghini dealership is a sight to see from the train/E11 highway, it will be on your right as you go south, not far from the Mall of the Emirates. It's what a dream dealership would look like, so tall and airy looking. 

As far as where to stay, Dubai Marina/Jumeirah Beach is pretty sweet. It's a little further south of the action but IMO nicer than the other parts you could stay at. I stayed at Sofitel in Jumeirah Beach a few weeks ago and really liked it. Saw a few Lambos passing the hotel each night, and the vibe/temperature is just right in the evening.

Car stuff - there's the Dubai Autodrome not too far from Jumeirah. It's a race track where you can do some fun track stuff and even some drifting if you like:

https://www.dubaiautodrome.com/experiences/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI-ZD99Nuq3wIVArYYCh22gQDREAAYASAAEgKlmfD_BwE

I did a few days of drift training about an hour north of the airport, an excellent school if you have the time/desire (same company that does the drift experiences at the Autodrome):

http://prodriftacademy.me/

There are hotels nearby the drift school on Marjan Island which would be nice and convenient if you wanted to spend more than a day doing that.

With regards to Ferrari World, that's in Abu Dhabi which is about 2 hours south of Dubai. I didn't go to Ferrari World but a friend did recently and liked it. It's very close to Yas Marina F1 race track which has track stuff you can do as well. 

Lastly, as far as SIMs go, there is Du and Etisalat....I've had better luck using Du for my phone/data needs. 

Dubai is a bit plasticky like Vegas, but it's cool in its own right and everyone should see it at least once! 

 

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I actually did Dubai->Maldives a few years back on Emirates. It was one amazing trip. There's tons to do in Dubai, you'll never run out of options and it's been covered above. Love the Maldives, where are you staying? Are you taking a speed boat or float plane to your resort?

 

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