Love, Life, Fear: My Dubai Experience

Dubai is a city in the United Arab Emirates is known for its luxury and tall buildings. The architecture in Dubai is outstanding and nightlife is pretty vibrant in some locations. I visited the Burj Khalifa, an 830m-tall tower, which showcases the Dubai skyline. I also walked around the Dubai Fountain, visited the Atlantis, The Palm, and dune bashing all around the Dubai Desert. If you are choosing Dubai for your next vacation here are some things you should know and how Dubai changed my life!

Location: Southeast coast of the Persian Gulf, Middle East.

Language: Arabic

Religion: Islam

Currency: Dirham

Weather: 85-102F

Electrical Outlet: The electrical current in Dubai is 220/240 V, 50 Hz AC. British-style 3-pin electrical plugs are used.

Pa La Cultura: Dubai is very tough on drugs; you won’t find a lounge that will host events with liquor. For me that wasn’t a bummer, I mean – I can definitely live without liquor but for you, if you are looking for a place to wild out visible intoxication in the streets won’t be nice or safe. Tourists can get in trouble for drinking alcohol outside so be aware. Other things we took into consideration was not showing your significant other love or affection on the streets. Even a small decision as drinking a glass of wine on a plane can lead to jail.

Check this article where a woman was detained for drinking on her way to Dubai !


Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Towers:

Located in the heart of Dubai for 4 nights we experienced the condominium style of living. The Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Towers is located near Dubai Business District and its rooms are to die for. While there is not much to do inside the hotel our stay included breakfast (and all tours, flight booked separately). The towers also have apartments where local Businessmen and women stay and live. It almost seemed surreal, definitely a luxurious experience. Our stay and all tours were booked as low as 789 US dollars flights booked separately. My go-to is google flights!

Best Places & Tours to Visit in Dubai:


We booked Dubai with a vendor who included our stay and tours in one price and booked our flights separately. Our trip included The Burj Khalifa, Dune Bashing in Dubai Desert, and Visiting the Dubai Museum and Mosque. Each location was an amazing highlight, however, we were disappointed to reach the Mosque only to hear it was closed. I recommend you ensure all mosques are open before your visit. Dune Bashing was an experience I wouldn’t revisit, it was overwhelming and if you get car sick easily like me it won’t be a great ride.

Aside from the sites included we also walked around the Jumeirah Lakes and Local Beach Lounge and rented a yacht to explore the nightly views. If you are in a group (we met cool people on this trip!), I recommend that all groups rent a yacht at the Dubai Marina. We were able to book a yacht for our party for about 40 US dollars each.


It’s simple. Respect the Islamic culture. There are tourists that will dress inappropriate so don’t follow the crowd! Be considerate to the Islamic Culture wear long pants and shirts when visiting a mosque, ensure you do the same for the desert – trust me it’s not too hot, don’t forget your outlet converter and bring your most comfortable shoes there is so much to see!

I’m Engaged! Was the text message I sent to all my family and friends! It was October 21, 2016. We flew 15 hours to Dubai, landed unpacked, and enjoyed our 1st day by the Jumeirah Lake. We walked around Jumeirah Lake overseeing the high skyscrapers and admiring the city. We walked so much the sun started to set and the buildings started to shine as the lights flickered on. We walked around the lake and ended back to our starting point. My legs started to hurt a bit – I just didn’t understand all the walking, but I simply continued and admired the sites. When we were back to point A there was no one around but the few tourists walking up the lake, John (my now husband!) turned quickly grabbed my hands and starting rocking them back and forth. Just like that with a few loving words I got engaged to my best friend! If you are hoping to choose a destination to propose to your significant other choose Dubai!


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Yes, our engagement set the tone for our trip. I started to think about my future and what I would love to teach my children. I started to blog about my travel experiences because it is something I grew a passion for. I want to be able to show my family how to remain passionate about what they believe in. I travel PT, work FT, I’m looking for entrepreneurial opportunities all while having so much fear of failing. Yes, I fear that, but I have to set the tone, for you and everyone who believes that we can live our dreams as women, as a Latina, as a black Latina. Dubai was that trip that turned my life upside down in so many positive ways. While the Dubai Desert car ride experience was not the best for me, the view was my token to combat fear!


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Zeline Santana

I am a full time college administrator in love with travel. My mission with Viajerx and co is to create statement pieces for Latinx travelers and share our travel journey on my blog! I launched my first business adventure with Viajerx and co in 2020 and our community is growing slowly but surely. Every year, I hope to launch new products that will encourage travel in the latinx community. I cannot wait to see what our gem becomes! Follow us and become part of our community on instagram!

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