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Published: September 30th 2017
Geo: 25.2561, 55.2477
Woken at 3am uk time (7am dubai) on board QF002 with just 60 minutes to landing and breakfast is served, pretty ordinary just a cheese and onion toasted sandwich!
It appears Celina watched a movie and didn't sleep too well, I slept the. Whole journey as I was well and truly exhausted, and the kids had a pretty good sleep.
Airport is huge and extremely exotic, big columns, very high ceilings, lots of glass, waterfalls, palms and LED lights, very nice indeed and very clean. Cleared customs without any issue and proceeded to the exit where we arranged a larger than normal cab as we are now five people and 11 bags plus carry on....it is amazing how much we travel with...things will have to change big time, next time!!!!!
Whilst Dubai has a population of just 1.6 m it is part of the United Arab Emirates which has a total population of 9.2 million. This place is big! And the buildings are huge and the are so many of them. It is hard to understand how there is a need for so many buildings with such a relatively small population.
Our taxi to the hotel took just under an hour and cost
$101AED that's about $AU36 and the journey was 25kms. The road we are on is enormous and there is so much traffic!
Arrived at Hilton Double Tree at about 10:30am. The hotel has two towers, one is 50 storeys and is a residential tower. The other is a 24 storey building, each floor having just 5 rooms. Very opulent indeed. I know we booked a 3 bedroom suite given dad is with us and we plan to keep costs down by self catering, but I wonder what floor we will be on?
Check in was pretty painless but our room wasn't ready. It isn't required to be ready until 15:00pm but after waiting just 40 minutes the room was available, and boy oh boy what a room! This is an Executive Suite, and like everything in Dubai it is huge. Three bedrooms each with built ins and ensuite, huge lounge, dining, full kitchen and entry lobby and make up room. The room faces NthWst and looks straight across to Palm Jumeriah and the Atlantis Resort is at the tip and can be clearly seen...this is spectacular....in fact our suite provides 180 degree views of the Arabian Gulf
Unpacked and decided to take it
easy the first day and get over jet lag and tiredness, so ventured to the pool, where we occupied a nice little cabana on the private beach. Really into the swing of things now and organised cocktails for all and some beautiful potato wedges as a mid afternoon snack. Kids indulged in the beautiful pool. They even have a series of banana lounges in the a shallow water area. The grounds are nicely manicured and there are lounges on the sand and grass and a swim up bar.
Celina and the kids went for a walk around the neighbourhood, my feet were so bad I had to have a lie down.
Had showers, changed and took stroll down the "Walk" where we decided to have dinner at Shake Shack....fairly pricey for the small burgers and hot dogs. Then back to our opulent residence where we settled with a bit of TV before going to bed,
Good night friends....pleasant dreams
Then dinner on the walk at
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