My parents recently visited us in Dubai and it was wonderful having them here. I've realized that as you get older, you start to cherish every single moment spent with family.
I got married 5 years ago and was so excited to move to a different country (UK) with my husband; and I still love the adventures that we have now that we are in Dubai. But, there's not one minute that I wish my family wasn't with me to experience all of this. I can't believe how much I miss them. Ah! Here I go getting all emotional.
What I do realize now is to live in every moment and enjoy every moment when we do see each other - whether that is me traveling to Canada to visit them, or them traveling to Dubai (or wherever I am) to visit me.
This visit, I only had 2 days with my parents before they went traveling around South India. So, in order to make this trip memorable we planned these 2 days to be packed with touristy things to do, and a lot of time together.
First we visited the Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa, after which we went to the Gold Souk- which I had not visited yet.
This place was amazing. I have never seen so much gold in my life! If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen some of the Insta-Stories I took from here.
From stunning diamond rings to outfits made entirely of gold, you'll find it all here.
In terms of pricing, yes the gold is less expensive here compared to what you get in the US, Canada or the UK- I'm not sure about the price comparison between India and here though. Many of the stores also have deals where they'll give you a discount per gram of gold that you purchase.
I'm not very good at bargaining, but everyone says that if you want to buy something at the Souk you absolutely HAVE to bargain. So when my mom went to purchase a gold bracelet, I tried to get a bargain - and it sort of worked. Think I need to take bargaining lessons though - is there such a thing?!
We also went to the spice souk (didn't take many pictures here though). There are barrels of spices; pretty much anything you're looking for can be found here- and it's great quality.
We spent around 7 hours exploring first the Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa, and then the Gold Souk. A tiring day but so glad we did this together.