#ThrowbackThursday Travel Diary: Dubai

Scope the highlights from a 4-day stay in Dubai back in 2009.

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PHOTO Wendy Hung

Maybe it’s because I’ll have a layover in Dubai this weekend, or maybe I miss the desert heat during a freezing February. Maybe I got tired of writing about must-see’s and must-do’s in a city, ANY city. But I wanted to start a new series: Throwback Travel Diary, to reflect and to inspire – reveling the essence of Jetset Times.

Dubai is a beautiful escape, if you love the concept of Vegas. Meaning that, you can obtain extremity: the rich, the delicious, the beautiful, THE island on the artificial World Island…anything your heart desires. But that is what Dubai is: an escape, exploding in the form of indulgence. At its finest, nonetheless.

I was there during a hiatus from two jobs. Jobs that took everything out of me, jobs that I thought were my everything. During this break, I visited many places in the world. Dubai – with my family – was a sweet experience, despite the money and opulence that surrounded us during our stay at, of all places, the Burj al Arab. Yes, the world’s first seven-star hotel.

Below, scope the highlights from my 4-day stay in 2009. If you’re planning a trip, get your bookmarks ready!



Wendy Hung


As the founder of Jetset Times, Wendy is an avid traveler and fluent in five languages. When she's not traveling, Wendy calls Paris and Taipei home. Her favorite countries so far from her travels have been: Bhutan, Iran, and St. Bart's because they were all so different!

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