DELIGHTS? GIVE DUBAI A TRY? ; Nothing but the Best: Aerial View of the Six-Star Emirates Palace Resort. Inset, Danny Cipriani with Girlfriend Kelly Brook

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DELIGHTS? GIVE DUBAI A TRY? ; Nothing but the Best: Aerial View of the Six-Star Emirates Palace Resort. Inset, Danny Cipriani with Girlfriend Kelly Brook


Byline: Danny Cipriani

LOUNGING by the pool with a hot sun overhead and a cold Ldrink in hand, its easy to forget the physical and mental stress of what has been my most difficult year so far as a rugby player or, in my case, not being a rugby player because of my injury. But now Im back, fit and ready for action.

I feel Ive come a long way in my career and I know theres much further to go. But Im comfortable with where I am now which is exactly what I felt about Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Since I was a small child, the Middle East has always sounded so exotic a land of sand, camels and waving palm trees steeped in a Biblical atmosphere.

But when I went to Dubai for the first time a couple of years ago, I came away slightly disappointed. I was there with England for the Under-19s World Cup and all I really saw was a pitch, a hotel room and then another pitch. Before I had a chance to see much else, we were back on the plane home after taking third place behind Australia and New Zealand. I hadnt even begun to discover what Dubai had to offer.

LSo when the chance came up this year to go back, I jumped at it even though Kelly Brook, my girlfriend, couldnt join me. This time it was pleasure and not work, and I was determined to enjoy myself from the moment we left home and headed for Luton Airport.

When Id rung my student friend Billy and asked him if he fancied a few days in the sunshine he had only one question: When do we leave?

These days I find more and more people recognise me, but theyre always very polite about it. On the way over, someone even asked me to sign a Sunday newspaper that carried an interview Id just given it seemed a bit strange!

Dubai proved to be everything Id hoped it would be more than anything a chance to unwind in super-luxurious surroundings. We stayed at the Park Hyatt, in a fantastic setting beside the Dubai Creek Golf Course. Its a bit out of the way and family-oriented, but I liked that.

I made friends with a lovely family staying in our hotel the husband was over on business and his wife had just had a baby.

Rooms are all a minimum of 50sq m and our suite was enormous. If massage is your thing you can book one of the eight spa rooms, which all come with their own private steam room and treatment area. For most of the time we did what wed come to do absolutely nothing; just

hung out beside the pool, surrounded by waving palm trees.

The Park Hyatt had amazing restaurants, including a great selection of mezze and kebabs in the Cafe Arabesque, and authentic green and red curries in the Thai Kitchen. Traiteur is European and much more formal.

I had rugby friends staying at another hotel in town and we went out for a meal on a couple of nights.

When youre doing nothing, time just seems to fly and we usually ended up going out at about 9pm when the heat of the day was over.

The hotels concierge service fixed everything for us, arranging cars and booking tables. Nothing was too much trouble.

We went one evening to a bustling Middle Eastern market, full of colour and noise. It was a proper chance to experience Arab culture. The people were really welcoming and not at all money-grabbing as Id expected. I really enjoyed the local food, too.

On another day we went to a smart sushi bar, which had a much more international atmosphere. We soon discovered that the Buddha Bar, which had music and dancing, was the place to hang out.

What I really liked about Dubai was the way you could drift from East to West two contrastingly different worlds that seem to live very well together side by side.

The Mall of the Emirates and the giant artificial ski slope is huge, but not an attraction for me my contract forbids me from skiing. …

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