Tuesday 30 April 2024

Dubai Day 1: Gevora Hotel

We love to bring our kids for solo-kid trips so that they can enjoy quality time alone with us. It was the Littlest Girl's turn to travel without her siblings for the first time! We bought our Singapore Airlines tickets in Sep 2023; cost $618 per adult/child (inclusive of free seat selection), which was reasonable for a flight that's more than 7 hours.

I worked from home that morning before heading to Changi Airport Terminal 3 with the Hubby and Littlest Girl. We arrived at the airport and completed check-in with time to spare.

Our flight departed Singapore at 3.30pm as scheduled. Once in the air, the cabin crew served us our dinner. I ordered the chicken with noodles but I would much rather have had the kids meal that my girl had! 😆

We were also served ice-cream for dessert and a pizza as a snack before our arrival in Dubai. Food was good, no complaints there.

The flight time was about 7 hours and 15 minutes, which wasn't long by many standards but felt like an eternity to me as I had to find ways to entertain my girl who had refused to take a nap! I thought she would be well-occupied by the onboard entertainment system (she seems to love watching Paw Patrol The Movie more than once!) and the many activity kits I had brought. However, she soon got tired of watching, colouring, drawing and pasting stickers and we ran out of things for her to do! 😫 I was elated when the captain finally announced for the cabin crew to prepare the aircraft for landing! 😅

We arrived at Dubai International Airport Terminal 1 at 6.45pm, Dubai time (Dubai is 4 hours behind Singapore).

We cleared customs relatively quickly and collected our luggage. We headed to the taxi stand and realised that there was a super long queue! We joined the queue and I lamented to the hubby about not pre-booking an airport transfer so that we didn't have to wait (mental note for our next trip).

After waiting for about 30-45 minutes, we reached the front of the queue and got into a taxi. We were finally on our way to our first accommodation, Gevora Hotel, which has achieved the World Record for being the tallest hotel in the world! 

However, standing next to other extraordinarily tall skyscrapers, including the tallest building in the world (the Burj Khalifa), Gevora can look rather meek. When brightly lit at night though, you can easily spot it from far away! 

From the photo above (taken in the taxi), Gevora Hotel is the building with a fully lit triangle at the top, while the Burj Khalifa is blue building on the left.

The taxi ran by the meter and we paid our driver AED 67 on arrival. Concierge took care of our luggage while the hubby checked in. 

We headed up to our Premium 1-Bedroom on the 39th floor. We booked it at $188.50 per room per night (inclusive of breakfast, details in the next post), which was value-for-money considering the room size, amenities and convenient location.

A large living area greeted us when we entered our room. We had more than enough space to lay out our luggage!

The hotel decorated our bed with towel swans as I had informed them that we were celebrating our wedding anniversary! 🤭

The room also came with a separate large fully-functional kitchen next to the main door. It even had a full size fridge, washing machine and stove!

In contrast, the toilet was small but it had a good size bathtub for soaking! 🛁

We had a great view of the famous 14-lane Sheikh Zayed Road and the Burj Khalifa from our room on Level 39!

It was only 8pm in Dubai even though it was already 12am in Singapore! No wonder we were exhausted and ready to call it a day! 😅 The girl and I enjoyed a warm bath while the hubby ordered room service as he was hungry 😀

Food was good and about the same price as in-room dining in Singapore hotels 😊

As I lay my head down on the pillow, I discovered that it was a memory pillow! As a side-sleeper who has hated all the mega-soft pillows that give me neck aches, this is the first time I've had a pillow with good support in a hotel! Needless to say, I slept really well that night! 😄

Continue to >> Dubai Day 2: Desert Adventure Day Tour


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