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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai October 10th 2012

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Dubai Mall Waterfall
Dubai Mall Divers
Dubai Mall Waterfall Divers

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai October 10th 2012

Once upon a time, in a land far far away from America, there was a little Filipino boy named Hansel* who enjoyed accompanying his mother to visit friends at her work. The women there would gush and pay all sorts of attention to the happy child, making him feel special. Hansel was tall for his age and had large chubby cheeks, perfect for women who loved babies. However, there was an "engineer" named Samar**, tall with long dark hair and white skin. She loved fat babies and despite the ample cheeks on his young face, she was determined to fatten him up even more. Samar liked nothing more than pinching the cheeks of small children and his were not quite fat enough. In fact, that was the reason that he had come to fear her: his ... read more
Poking the hamster
Scanning the turtle

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai October 8th 2012

Week 18? Really? That is just so strange to me. I've been living in Dubai for more than 4 months. Since Gwen left, life has returned to some sense of normalcy. I went back to work Sunday morning and thus a difficult week at work was begun. The week before, I'd received a terrific package from my parents, which contained sunscreen, a few movies I'd ordered, my new kindle cover, and (most importantly) two large bags of pretzels! (The pretzels didn't last very long and Sam literally ate the every last morselly bit). There were also a few items of my Grandmother's, who passed away August 13th, that my parents gave to me, including some of her jewelry. I do miss her. I think I actually had a (small) glass of wine every night last week ... read more
Hair care
My cute kindle cover
Car wash

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai October 8th 2012

After a really chilled afternoon of iced coffees and relaxation on the rooftop pool, I looked out over Dubai's hazy skyline and felt ready to give it another chance. Maybe I'd been too harsh? So it was with a renewed open mind that Sophie and I headed out for the evening. That optimism lasted about seven minutes before Dubai let itself down again. Having spent the majority of my adult life in London, you could say the sensibilities of using public transport are somewhat hard wired into me. But even for those not used to the courtesies of the tube could recognise the utterly baffling means of getting on an and off the Dubai metro: Push. I'm not talking about a bit of ... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai October 6th 2012

I write this opening entry of my second volume of travel blogging from a hotel bar. Yes, Dubai has an uncanny nack of forcing even the freshest faced travellers into the dingy habitat of the depressed businessman and opportunist prostitute. Having paid over £6 for the pint in front of me, it's with a steely determination to make it last that I aim to write this entire entry between sips. The flight over was pretty decent. Gatwick was pleasantly deserted, although the plane (a B777-300er for those interested) was full. Chernobyl Diaries proved a poor choice on the inflight entertainment front, but standards were swiftly improved by the cinematic tour-de-force that was 'Rise & Shine: The Jay DeMerit Story'. I didn't get much sleep, but who could after having heard in excruciating detail the meteoric rise ... read more
Room View

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai October 5th 2012

Arriving in a country that lays claim to 360 ‘sunny’ days a year makes it hard to arrive on a cool day. Our arrival into Dubai was no exception and even at 0700 as our flight touched down, we were told that it was already 30° heading for 40° later in the afternoon – it felt a long way from Prague and the chilly 12° of a few days before. If our visit to Las Vegas in April was a leap from reality then Dubai must go close to rivalling it. Dubai is a place of extremes that is full of uniquely styled modern buildings that sparkle and glisten in the sun. If ‘wealth’ was to build a city then this is it and a measure of the old ideal ‘if you build it they will ... read more
Outside the Museum
NLS at Bliss
NLS at Dubai Mall

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai October 5th 2012

You may be dubious but just go with it. Ski Dubai is a little snow world that offers a temporary distraction from the heat and is just another activity you can do in this amazing country. The people who work there are friendly, informative and have all of the right answers when you're not sure which way to go. It is situated in the Mall of The Emirates ( not the Dubai Mall) We chose just a park entry with the chance to upgrade if we decided to, once we saw what it was all about. We didn't expect to have so much fun!! The park entry entitles you to tobogganing, tyre spinning, playing in soft powdered snow, the zorb(get in a huge plastic ball and roll down the mountain) no thanks after the desert safari, ... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai October 5th 2012

There are just too many of these gravity defying artworks reaching for the sky. These are some that I came across. Infinity tower is the largest building in the world with a 90 degree twist situated along the Dubai mariner Twin towers along the Dubau creek- external terraces are a good meeting place And good for shopping and chess games. Replica of Big Ben along Sheik Zaed Rd - London gave her blessing to build this yet to complete replica. It's just outside the apartment. Burj Kalifa tallest in the world-almost 1 km in he sky can see it everywhere! Burj la Arab 7 star built on an artificial island Jamiera Beach Hotell resembles a breaking wave. inside all rooms face the sea and the design is based on the 4 elements - earth wind fire ... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai October 5th 2012

So we left Manchester at 9pm on Sunday 30th. Our flight had no issues, although at check in we were both 7kgs OVER with our hand luggage!!!! EEeeeeek! We were grabbing stuff out and giving the items to Mum and Dad to take home, as fast as were taking them out Dad was stuffing the items into our weighed check in!! Haha... Means that we're about 6/7kgs over so no space for any bits as we go :( We arrived in Dubai Monday 1st October at 7am. Took us over an hour to get off the airplane and through security, security found it very suspect that K had so many DVD's with him!! They thought they were chocolates and wanted to check them out. I felt like we were featuring in a surprise advert for Lindt ... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai October 4th 2012

FRIDAY 1 APRIL 2011 OMG - this is it! We are off on our dream 4 month trip around Europe. Dad Craig, Mum Katrina and our 4 kids; Jack 10, Madison 8, Sophie 6 and Harry 4. We flew out of Sydney at 9.45pm on Emirates A380 bound for Dubai. The flight took 14 hours; 14 hours of anticipation and excitement of what lay ahead of us. We landed in Dubai at 5am with the bubbling feeling that we were here, we had actually started our dream. SATURDAY 2 APRIL - DUBAI Dubai was foggy and very quiet at this time of the morning and we marvelled at the incredibly tall buildings that appeared before us. Out of the fog in the distance appeared the Burj, the tallest building in the world. It confirmed our arrival ... read more
Arabian Sea
Winter Wonderland
Water Show




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