TR -48hrs in Dubai
After our epic mission to escape Beijing, we finally touched down in U.A.E. at around 6.30am Saturday morning (we were scheduled to arrive 10pm the previous night!). We had arranged accommodation with a friend of a friend so decided we’d chill at the airport for a couple hours so as not to wake here too early on her weekend.
Dubai was in some ways exactly like I expected but in others a total surprise. A big thank you to Minnie for having us and showing us around, you really made the trip and I wish we could have stayed longer.
: After some intros and a quick driving tour we got to Minnies pad and crashed for a little siesta to recover from our travelling ordeal. We got up around noon and filled our bellies - it’s Ramadan in the Muslim world and in Dubai it’s strictly enforced; no eating, drinking, smoking, chewing in public at all during daylight hours. Dress needs to be modest; women especially need to have their knees/shoulders covered at all times even for non-Muslim visitors. We visited the Dubai mall (the biggest in the world) at the base of the Burj Kalifa (tallest building in the world) and just wandered around checking out the sights. They also have an aquarium inside the mall (with the largest tank in the world obv!) which we visited. They even had a glass bottom boat tour the tank is so big! After the sun had gone down we headed to an amazing restaurant that looked out over a Bellagio style dancing fountain (the biggest in the world –sensing a theme?) and had an amazing meal; the first real Western food in ages.
: Sunday, but Minnie had to work (weekends are Fri/Sat in Dubai) so we slept in then headed out to another mall – The Mall of Emirates. While not as huge as the Dubai Mall it was no less impressive. No giant fish tank but they did have a ski field inside. Yip, 45 degrees outside -5 degrees and skiing inside?!? Minnie works for an events company and tonight we’ve decided to attend an Iftar (the traditional breaking of the days fast) at the tent set up by a rival company. What a great experience, the food was amazing, all manner of Arabic delicacies all laid out like a banquet. We feasted for a couple hours then went out for a couple of drinks before heading to the airport and Istanbul.
Iftar tent with Burj Al Arab in background (worlds first 7 star hotel)
Dubai’s a weird place but cool and definitely makes the list of potential places I’d consider living.