Meet your guide
Facts about me:
- I've lived in the UAE for over 20 years
- An ideal night for me would be a Harry Potter marathon with a bucket load of Garrett’s caramel popcorn
- I can’t go to bed without putting on an episode of Friends
- I will pick Nutella over any main meal. Hands down
- I take Spanish classes every Friday and can’t wait to have a conversation that extends past 'Hola!
- I love meeting people
- I lived in Madrid while I was completing my MBA, and fell in love with Spain (hence the language classes)
- I'm a licensed Dubai tour guide by DTCM
Every time I travel, I always want to explore the cities I visit like a local; not necessarily skipping out on the Louvre, but knowing exactly where Parisians like to picnic on a Saturday or where they get their eclair fix.
Having studied abroad, I almost always have friends and classmates visiting who I love to take out and show around. Our initial conversations typically involve them reveling about the Burj Khalifa and ‘that sail shaped 7‐star hotel’. Despite my many years here, I’m also equally dumbfounded by these 2 masterpieces and find myself staring at them in awe many times. Same goes for food. I’m a big BIG foodie. And Dubai does not disappoint when it comes to its culinary experiences. Some of the world’s best restaurants have made their way here. And for good reason. Us Dubai‐ans love a good meal. And will go great lengths to find seats at the dining table.
So if it's your first time in Dubai, I'm sure you have a couple of these places scribbled down on your to-do list.
If not, here are the top 5:
- Dubai Mall
- Burj Khalifa
- Burj Al Arab
- Madinat Jumeirah
- The Palm Islands / Atlantis Hotel
So once you've checked those off on your own, we can meet up and get to discover the many other incredible reasons that make Dubai ‘Dubai’ that rarely make it to any visitor’s itinerary. Places that have been built over the years by its people and have given the city its own unique flavor. And I want to show you just why, I and many other people who live here, love this city.
Why book a tour guide?
There's a certain stereotype about tour guides that makes people think twice before booking one. They can be boring, take you to the typical sights, and run on a strict schedule preventing you from wandering off and exploring by yourself.
I, too, travel around the world and hesitate before booking a guide for the same reason. If I'm in a world famous sight and I spot a random shop in the corner of a street that I want to enter, or an alley or street that looks interesting (please don't enter random alleys alone), I'm not going to want a guide to tell me not to because I might disrupt the tour.
So, I may have to scrap off a few minutes from the next stop and share a bullet point summary, but we'll manage! I'm also more interested in sharing the really interesting stuff that few tell you about, why Dubai is Dubai. The real stories behind all the awesome sights you see during your tour. Also, this isn't going to be your typical tour. Wander with Nada is about exploring a different Dubai where you'll hear some history and contemporary tidbits, have a charming adventure, and make a local friend.
As many of my guests' stays in Dubai may be short, my firm philosophy is that they should enjoy every minute they spend in the city. From the time the wanderings are booked until the return home, I will ensure that my fabulous guests have plenty of guidance and tips on everything Dubai related. Whether you're overwhelmed with hotel options, losing sleep over where to eat, or dazed by the number of desert safari companies, I will narrow down that list for you. I'll also make sure I pull whatever strings I have to get you that reservation. In brief, I'll ensure my guests won't leave Dubai thinking 'coulda, woulda, shoulda'.