Dubai Delights


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January 21st 2010
Published: January 22nd 2010
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Fortunately our return to India from the Seychelles brought us through the Dubai airport/shopping mall. A good opportunity to jump off the plane and check out the city built out of the desert that lives by the motto "build it, and they will come" (hopefully).

It was a great couple of days as we accidentally timed our visit with the anniversary of the Sheik's rule, and the opening of the Burj Dubai. That being said, we missed the celebrations for both events due to security concerns and crowd control. Instead we checked out the markets of the old city, admired the amazing new buildings, surveyed the forest of construction cranes and visited some of the shopping malls that house the 'world's largest this' and the 'most expensive that'.

Shopping is king in Du-buy, but we didn't go to the mall for that...instead we challenged ourselves on the world's only indoor black diamond run. It was more like an intermediate slope, but the cool air, surprisingly decent snow and 80m of vertical made it an authentic indoor 'ski' experience, even with the strange views of the food court from the lift.


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Sign Post ForestSign Post Forest
Sign Post Forest

Inspired by Watson Lake perhaps.
Building Construction on SteroidsBuilding Construction on Steroids
Building Construction on Steroids

Keeping the engineers, architects and bankers happy.
Burj Al-ArabBurj Al-Arab
Burj Al-Arab

A seven star hotel built to resemble a dhow sail over the water. We weren't allowed in.
The New Kid on the BlockThe New Kid on the Block
The New Kid on the Block

Burj Dubai renamed Burj Khalifa after the Abu Dhabi Sheik; the tallest building in the world at over 800m. We're missing the bottom 40 stories in this picture.
On Top of the WorldOn Top of the World
On Top of the World

Check out the extreme window washers cleaning up after the grand opening. We weren't allowed up...it was a media day at the observation deck. The food court at the base was amazing though.
Ski Dubai in the Mall of the EmiratesSki Dubai in the Mall of the Emirates
Ski Dubai in the Mall of the Emirates

The view from the mid 'mountain' hot chocolate lodge


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