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Top 5 Day Trips From Dublin City

Ireland’s capital city has a rich history of culture, arts and nightlife. Home to the famed River Liffey and The Temple Bar you would be forgiven for never wanting to leave Dublin. 

Luckily for you, you can travel to just about anywhere in the country from Dublin and back again in a day. 

So if you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the fair city, here are some of our top recommendations.

  1. Howth
  2. Wicklow Mountains 
  3. Cliffs of Moher
  4. Kilkenny Castle & City
  5. Connemara & Galway City. 

Howth

Easily the closest of all our destinations on this list. Howth is located just a short 25 minute journey from Dublin City centre. You can take the Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART) train to this picturesque little fishing village. City dwellers often make the short journey to the rocky peninsula to get a well-earned break from stresses of cosmopolitan life.

Howth offers the delights of fresh sea air to accompany you on your rural hike through this delightful part of the East Coast of Ireland. We recommend visiting Howth Cliff Walk, a family-friendly path with phenomenal panoramic views. There are also countless sights to see like Howth Castle & Gardens, The National Transport Museum and St Mary’s Abbey Medieval ruins to wander around.

A short walk from the train station and you will find delicious street food, handmade jewellery and traditional Irish crafts jumping out from there individual market stalls.

Wicklow Mountains

Spread out over 85 miles, the Wicklow Mountains are a natural wonderland of endless hills, boggy marshes, icy marshes and windswept heaths. The raw natural beauty of Wicklow Mountains is all the more impressive when considering how close this wonderful escape is from Dublin.

The area is sometimes known as Ireland’s Hollywood because many of the countries most famous stars own property in this untouched part of the country. Bono, Daniel Day-Lewis and Guinness family all have homes in and around the Wicklow Mountains.

These mountains host endless walking trails and medieval ruin sights, some of you may have even seen the landscape on films and TV like P.S. I Love You and Vikings. The most popular attraction in this part of Ireland would be the Monastic City at Glendalough.  Located in what is known as the valley of lakes, this early Christian monastery was founded in the sixth century by Saint Kevin. Adventurers can find the ruins of a cathedral and a majestic Irish round tower.

The Cliffs of Moher

At the westernmost edge of the Emerald Isle, the hardy Cliffs of Moher tower nearly 702 feet above the Atlantic ocean. No trip to Ireland is complete without stopping off at these breathtaking cliffs. So breathtaking in fact that they were used in the filming of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Considered by many to be the top destination to visit in Ireland, this unique section of coastline stretches for five miles along the ocean. These striated limestone cliffs are constantly being beaten by the Atlantic winds and waves, resulting in remarkable views all year round. On a clear day, it is possible to see as far west as the Aran Islands, beyond the islands the next bit of land to the West would be the United States.

The cliffs are located on the western border of County Clare, less than an hours drive from Shannon Airport. Travellers from Dublin can take a train to Ennis, and from there take a public bus which makes trips to the cliffs Visitor Centre three times a day.

The Kilkenny Castle & City

Kilkenny is located just an hour away from Dublin so it makes for the perfect day trip from the capital! It is often frequented by Dubliners on weekend getaways or stag parties. The city boasts an electric nightlife. When you aren’t enjoying some of the many pubs and restaurants in the city, go and check out the famous Kilkenny Castle.

One of Ireland’s most visited heritage sites, the Kilkenny Castle was initially built for the powerful Butler family in the 12th century, though much of the present look dates from the Victorian times. From November to January visits are by guided tours only, with self-guided tours from February to October. One standout part of the tour is the Long Gallery which boasts a painted roof and carved marble fireplace.

Connemara & Galway City

Arguably Ireland’s most untouched regions, Connemara is a must-see. Located on the West Coast in County Galway this destination may seem far from Dublin City, but with the train running from Dublin to Galway every hour you can be there in 2 hours 30 minutes.

Thousands of people flock to Connemara every year to see the wild beauty it has to offer. This district really captures the true essence of the West of Ireland with its Connemara ponies, valleys, lakes, thatched cottages and the famous Clifden Castle. Make sure you give yourself enough time to visit Galway city whilst stopping through, this wonderfully quirky city is bustling with traditional Irish music and culture. Eyre Square, 16th Century Spanish Arch, Druid Lane Theatre and the Spanish Quarter are all worth visiting.

If you do decide to embark on any one of these marvellous day trips, why not get your laundry done whilst your away? Laundryheap is here to help with a same day laundry and dry cleaning service with free next day delivery in Dublin.


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10 Things Tourists Shouldn’t Do In Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a lovely city and is known as one of the safest in the world. There are so many things to see and do, and while it is a tolerant and liberal city, there are some things that you should be cautious of and not do, in Amsterdam.

10 Things Tourists Shouldn’t Do When Visiting Amsterdam

  1. Don’t get on public transport without an OV-Chip card
  2. Don’t forget your ID
  3. Don’t take the Dutch attitude personally
  4. Don’t expect good customer service
  5. Don’t smoke cannabis publicly
  6. Don’t take photos of the windows in the Red Light District
  7. Don’t wander in the bike lanes
  8. Don’t cycle in pedestrian paths
  9. Don’ forget to watch out for tram tracks
  10. Don’t buy from street dealers

Don’t Travel On Public Transport Without An OV-Chip Card

You can’t travel on trains, trams, buses and metros without an OV-chip card. These chip cards work as a contactless ticket system and are available to purchase from ticket machines throughout Amsterdam. As a visitor, you can choose from several passes including, a day fare or a disposable one-time-only pass.

Don’t Forget Your ID

By law, whether you’re an EU citizen or not, it’s essential to carry around ID with you at all times. If you fail to show identification if asked by police, you can get a fine, but generally, you won’t need to pull your ID out much unless it’s at a bar or coffeeshop.

Don’t Take The Dutch Attitude Personally

The Dutch are direct when it comes to communicating, which can offend some tourists who are not familiar with that type of attitude. Even customer service is inattentive and can take some time for you to get some actual ‘service’ as you need to be the one to approach them first.

Don’t Expect Good Customer Service

As mentioned already, customer service employees are inattentive, and you will usually have to be the one to approach them first. Waiters at cheaper local restaurants and cafes leave people for long periods of time without checking up on them. You will generally need to call the waiter over or go up to the desk.

Don’t Smoke Cannabis Publicly

Although cannabis can be found everywhere in Amsterdam, consumption can only be at licensed ‘coffeeshops’ and not publicly anywhere else as this is illegal. Locales aren’t too fond or proud of the use of cannabis in Amsterdam either; these coffeeshops are more for tourists instead of the Dutch.

Don’t Take Photos Of The Windows In The Red Light District

If you plan on visiting the Red Light District, you mustn’t ever take photos of the women in the windows. You will suffer some terrible consequences like getting thrown into the canal by security and have your phone or camera smashed. To be safe, make sure to check your surroundings if you do want to take a photo in that area, like of the architecture, for example.

Don’t Wander In The Bike Lanes

While the Dutch are cool people, they do get frustrated when someone blocks there path as they’re cycling. They will ride straight through crowds without hesitation and will not give way to tourists. As a result, you may get injured, and the blame will be on yourself. Be careful and look out for paths with a bike icon and painted a faded red colour.

Don’t Cycle In Pedestrian Paths

Just as you shouldn’t wander in cycle lanes, you shouldn’t cycle in pedestrian paths either. If you plan on hiring a bike and taking a tour without a guide, be sure to cycle only in bike lanes and avoid pedestrian-only areas if you don’t want to get fined. Also, it’s important to note that if you don’t know how to ride a bike well, don’t hire one, as this can annoy locals.

Don’t Forget To Watch Out For Tram Tracks

When cycling around, be cautious of tram tracks as they are thin and deep enough to trap your bicycle wheel, resulting in you falling and injuring yourself. Similarly, be careful when crossing the street as there could unexpectedly be a tram travelling in the opposite direction. You can also find taxis, buses and other vehicles using the tram lanes.

Stay Away From Street Dealers

If it’s cannabis you’re after, don’t ever buy them from street dealers as it is both illegal and extremely dangerous. There have previously been some severe cases of intentional drug poisoning over the past few years that have targeted tourists. Instead, go to a licensed coffeeshop.

 

Follow these tips and stay safe while you enjoy your trip to Amsterdam. Don’t forget that if you require a laundry service on your trip, Laundryheap will be happy to help with your laundry troubles.


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7 Instagrammable Spots In Dubai

Want to know where the best spots for taking Instagram worthy photos in Dubai are? Here are some amazing places that would look great on your Instagram feed.

7 Instagrammable Spots In Dubai

  1. Miracle Garden
  2. Burj Al Arab
  3. Dubai Dessert
  4. Burj Khalifa
  5. Souk Madinat Jumeriah
  6. Atlantis, The Palm 
  7. Bastakiya

Miracle Garden

Visit the beautiful Dubai miracle garden where the entire park provides you with natural flower backdrops for your photos. From stunning Disney displays to romance, the miracle garden is the best place to capture enchanting pictures for your Instagram feed.

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Burj Al Arab

One of the most iconic photos of Dubai is the uniquely structured hotel, the Burj Al Arab. Although it is seen everywhere online, the view never gets old. You can capture a good shot of this hotel from kite beach.

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Dubai Desert

With the sky casting a warm hue over the sand and endless rich dusky dunes, the desert makes a perfect backdrop for an impressive shot of nature. Consider visiting the desert during sunrise or sunset for a magnificent capture.

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Burj Khalifa

Another iconic photo of Dubai is the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. This magnificent skyscraper is one you’ll want a picture of, whether it’s of the exterior or a view from inside on the 148th floor.

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Madinat Jumeriah

Sand coloured buildings, gleaming waterways and palm trees, the Madinat Jumeriah is an aesthetically pleasing place to capture photos for your feed. 

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Atlantis, The Palm 

Atlantis, The Palm is another uniquely structured hotel, a re-creation of the Atlantis in the Bahamas. Whether you take a flight view, boat view or stopping by the staircase, café or beach area, this is another great photo to add to your Instagram.

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Bastakiya

Capture a part of Dubai’s history at the Al Bastakiya where you will see ancient sand-coloured buildings with rising wind towers. Take a walk further to Dubai creek where you can get shots of traditional dhow boats.

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Whether you’re a resident or a tourist in Dubai, we’ll be happy to take care of your laundry while you enjoy wandering through this beautiful picturesque city.


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7 Instagrammable Spots In Dublin

Want to know where the best spots for taking Instagram worthy photos in Dublin are? Here are some amazing places that would look great on your Instagram feed.

7 Instagrammable Spots In Dublin

  1. Samuel Beckett Bridge
  2. Howth
  3. The Ha’penny Bridge
  4. Trinity College
  5. River Liffey
  6. Dún Laoghaire
  7. St. Stephens Park

Samuel Beckett Bridge

Located at the docks of the River Liffey is the iconic harp styled bridge, the Samuel Beckett Bridge. At night, you can get the opportunity to take shots with the building reflecting in the waters as it lights up.

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Howth

For a quick getaway from the city and a chance to take aesthetically pleasing photos of the sea and cliffs, Howth is a great place to visit.

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The Ha’penny Bridge

Take pictures on the famous Ha’Penny bridge or get a panoramic shot from the O’Connell bridge or the Millenium bridge.

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Trinity College

You’ll want to check out the old library inside Trinity College and take shots of it’s amazing architecture and design. It will cost you €14 to access the library if you’re not a student there.

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Dublin’s Georgian Doors

Along Merrion Square, St. Stephen’s Green, Fitzwilliam Square and the Georgian Quarter, you’ll find many of Dublin’s Instagram famous Georgian doors.

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Dún Laoghaire

Whether it’s a view from Dublin bay or right at the pier,  you can capture some stunning photos of Dún Laoghaire.

St. Stephens Green

Take photos at Dublin’s largest park, St Stephen’s Green. With formal gardens, lakes and picturesque bandstands, you’ll have many things to capture.

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Whether you’re a resident or a tourist in Dublin, we’ll be happy to take care of your laundry while you enjoy wandering through this beautiful picturesque city.


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7 Instagrammable Spots In Amsterdam

Want to know where the best spots for taking Instagram worthy photos in Amsterdam are? Here are some amazing places that would look great on your Instagram feed.

7 Instagrammable Spots In Amsterdam

  1. IamAmsterdam sign
  2. Papiermolensluis
  3. Damrak
  4. Th wall gallery Amsterdam
  5. Jordaan
  6. A’dam Lookout Tower
  7. Keukenhof Gardens

I Amsterdam Sign

You can’t go to Amsterdam and not take a picture with or of the I Amsterdam sign. These large set of letters has become the city’s sought after photo and is located behind the Rijksmuseum.

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Papiermolensluis

Get a stunning shot of the dutch bridges and canals on the nine streets area from the Papiersmolenluis bridge. The view is magnificent during the day and at night. 

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Damrak

Most, if not all, houses in Amsterdam are picture-perfect, but the most iconic ones are the gingerbread houses located in Damrak.

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Th wall gallery Amsterdam

A very well-known artsy, fun insta spot is at the ‘Wake me up when I’m famous’ wall art on Frans Hallstraat 64. Strike a pose while sitting on the bench in front or take a selfie. The choice is yours.

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Jordaan

Walk the trendy streets of Jordaan and take photos of the beautiful houses and scenery. This is the most famous neighbourhood in Amsterdam and is known as the Venice of the North.

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A’dam Lookout Tower

Take a shot of the panoramic rooftop view of Amsterdam at the A’dam lookout tower observation deck. Brave Europe’s highest ‘over-the-edge’ swing for that extra worthy Insta photo.

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Keukenhof Gardens

Brighten up your Instagram feed with a photo of the world’s largest flower garden, the Keukenhof Gardens. The gardens are only open during the spring (March-May) when the flowers have fully bloomed.

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Whether you’re a resident or a tourist in Amsterdam, we’ll be happy to take care of your laundry while you enjoy wandering through this beautiful picturesque city.


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5 Unique Experiences To Try In Dubai

There are so many fun and unique things to see and do in Dubai. Here are 5 of the unique experiences you might want to try on your (next) trip to Dubai. 

5 Unique Experiences To Try In Dubai

  • Zip line over the city
  • Camp on the beach
  • Play Camel Polo
  • Swim in the aquarium
  • BBQ on the creek

Zip Line Over The City

Get a thrilling birds eye view of Dubai by zip lining through the centre of downtown Dubai with Xline Dubai. This zip-line is the largest in the world and stretches 1 km in length, over the Dubai Marina. You can choose to ride it solo or bring someone with you.

Camp On The Beach

Rent a tent and enjoy the night at Banan beach resort in Jebel Ali, located 20 mins away from Dubai Marina. Enjoy a campfire on the beach, participate in one of the 12 water activities and even relax with yoga. You can even rent out a chalet for the day.

Play Camel Polo

Beginner or not, enjoy a unique and hilarious experience playing camel polo with your friends or family. This game adds a touch of Arabia to the traditional royal sport and suits 8 to 60 people. It is also great for a corporate social event. Fortunately, no training is required and full safety briefs are given before the game.

Swim In The Aquarium

Swim with the sharks into the 10-million litre tank aquarium of the Dubai mall aquarium. Anyone can experience the shark dive whether a certified diver or not.  You also have the opportunity to do other aquarium activities such as cage snorkelling or discover scuba diving.

BBQ On The Creek

Relax and have a BBQ on the famous BBQ Donut while you float down the river. The BBQ donut is a round boat with a barbecue in the centre. This boat is fit for six people and you will be provided with the meat that you can cook yourself.

 

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5 Unique Experiences To Try In Dublin

While there are so many fun things to see and do in Dublin there are some experiences that are out of the ordinary. Here are 5 unique experiences you might want to try on your trip in Dublin. 

5 Unique Experiences To Try In Dublin

  • Take a dip in the Forty Foot Irish sea
  • Play board games with strangers
  • Go city kayaking
  • Learn how to save the planet
  • Try brown-bread ice-cream

Take A Dip In The Forty Foot Irish Sea

Enjoy a swim in the cold waters of the Irish sea at Forty Foot. This historic bathing spot is a promontory located on the southern tip of Dublin Bay and was once exclusively a bathing area for men only. Now it is a pool enjoyed by men, women and children.

Play Board Games With Strangers

Have a chilled day at The Clockwork Door. Play board games, enjoy unlimited tea, coffee and snacks and meet new people. This board game cafe lets you pay only for the time you spend there while you enjoy everything else for free. They also offer VR and escape room games, a study room, video games room, and host regular events.

Go City Kayaking

Navigate the city by city kayaking along the river Liffey which flows through the heart of Dublin city. Admire Dublin’s famous landmarks at a unique angle, learn about the city from an experienced guide and paddle under the famous O’Connell and Ha’penny bridges.

Learn How To Save The Planet

Experience an interactive journey with the Cool Planet Experience to discover what climate change is all about through games, immersion and competition. You’ll learn about the issues of climate change as well as innovations and solutions that you can do to help solve the problem.

Try Brown-Bread Ice Cream

Murphy’s ice cream is famous for its naturally hand-made ice cream presenting unique flavours such as Irish brown bread (aran donn) and sea salt (salann).

If you happen to need a convenient laundry and dry cleaning service while in Dublin, Laundryheap can take care of all of your laundry needs.


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5 Unique Experiences To Try In Amsterdam

While there are so many fun things to see and do in Amsterdam there are some experiences that are out of the ordinary. Here are 5 unique experiences you might want to try on your next visit to Amsterdam. 

5 Unique Experiences To Try In Amsterdam

  • Have high tea in the smallest house in Amsterdam
  • Chill at the xtra cold icebar
  • Dine in the dark
  • Fish for plastic on a canal tour
  • Check out the fluorescent museum

Have High Tea In The Smallest House In Amsterdam

Enjoy an afternoon tea in the smallest house in Amsterdam, at just 2 metres wide and 5 metres deep. On the second floor of this house, is a tea room that can fit up to five people and offers breakfast, lunch or an afternoon tea. Since space is limited, booking in advance is recommended.

Chill At The Xtra Cold Ice Bar

Chill out at Amsterdam’s xtra cold ice bar, where everything in it is made from ice and the temperature reaches -10°C. For this bar, you’ll need to be prepared and bring warm clothing, but if not, they’ll be able to provide you with some. The entrance fee includes three drinks which are served in ice glasses.

Dine In The Dark

Experience an unusual dining setting with ctaste in complete darkness. This restaurant looks normal from the outside, but inside is the total opposite. Here, you will feel a completely different tasting, hearing, smelling and communication experience. 

Fish For Plastic On A Canal Tour

Take a tour of Amsterdam’s canal with Plastic Whale and help mother nature by fishing out plastic! This environmentally-friendly boat tour lasts 2 hours and allows you to learn about Amsterdam’s history and architecture, while you fish out plastic from the water with a fishing net.

Check Out The Fluorescent Museum

Enjoy Amsterdam’s first museum devoted to fluorescence, the Electric Ladyland. The ‘museum’ is located in a small basement, presenting art, minerals and manufactured items that fluoresce under ultraviolet light. 

 

If you happen to need a convenient laundry and dry cleaning service in Amsterdam, Laundryheap can take care of all of your laundry needs.


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5 Useful Travel Apps

Do you have a trip coming up or are you currently planning one? If you need help looking for the cheapest deals or you want to feel at ease getting around, here are some useful travel apps to help you on your adventures.

5 Useful Travel Apps

  • Hopper

Save up to 40% on flights and hotels with Hopper. This app uses advance data science to provide you with the best deals. Hopper predicts the best time to fly, so you can buy at the cheapest fare and you can receive price alerts when there are instant price drops. 

  • XE currency

Unsure of how much £10 is in USD? XE Currency puts all your currency needs into one app, from exchange rates to money transfers. This app gives you access to live rates for every currency and keeps you up-to-date with your transactions.

  • AroundMe

Want to know what things there are to do in the area? or perhaps you just need to find the nearest ATM? AroundMe quickly identifies your location on the map and shows you a complete list of and directions to the nearest facilities and venues.

  • PackPoint

Bring everything you need for your holiday without forgetting anything with PackPoint. This clever app will create a bespoke packing list according to where you’re going, what you’re going to do there and what the weather will be like. You can even add things on that aren’t on the list.

  • Laundryheap

For when you’re in desperate need of an easy-to-use laundry service, Laundryheap will collect your clothes from your hotel or airbnb and deliver them back to you within 24 hours. Laundryheap services are available in cities within the UK, UAE, Netherlands and, in Dublin, Ireland


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Why You Should Visit Dubai

With amazing skylines and thrilling desert adventures, Dubai is a beautiful city that has so much to offer. If you’re planning to visit Dubai but are unsure, here are a few reasons why you should.

Why You Should Visit Dubai

  • Architecture And Skylines
  • Desert Adventures
  • Luxuries
  • Culture Diversity
  • Food

Architecture And Skylines

Be amazed by Dubai’s spectacular skyline offering a variety of skyscrapers of all shapes and sizes. Among these eye-catching buildings is the Burj Khalifa, the worlds tallest building, the Burj Al Arab Hotel, shaped like a sail and the Marina, the tallest residential building in the world.

Desert Adventures

Once upon a time, the grounds of Dubai were only sand. Although Dubai has developed rapidly into what appears to look like a futuristic city, you can still enjoy adventures in the desert. Experience a desert safari where you can try activities such as dune bashing, camping and much more, and try some traditional Arabic barbecue.

Luxuries

Dubai is a wealthy city where designer brands and high-end luxury products are appreciated. From 5-star hotels and resorts to Lamborghini police cars and Bugatti taxis, there is so much luxury Dubai has to offer that is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. You can even purchase gold at an affordable price in the Gold Souk, which is a traditional jewellery market.

Culture Diversity

Believe it or not, 85% of Dubai’s population is made up of expatriates while the rest are local Emiratis. While this means the city has a beautiful mix of culture and religion, Dubai keeps some of it’s traditions. You can learn all about the fascinating history of Dubai in the Dubai Museum, Sheikh Saeed al Maktoum House and Bastakiya.

Food

Since Dubai has such a diverse culture, you can expect to find a wide range of cuisines too. Featuring Middle Eastern, Malaysian, Indian, Chinese, Singaporean, Filipino and American cuisines. While there are many food options, don’t skip a chance to try traditional Arabic cuisine.

If or when you do decide to visit Dubai, don’t worry about getting your clothes cleaned. You can book a collection with Laundryheap and have your items cleaned and delivered to your hotel within 24 hours.

If you’ve visited Dubai before and fell in love with the city, let us know in the comments section what you love about the city.