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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai March 19th 2014

Slept well last night........for whatever reason. Forgot to attach the pic of the pool from our floor last night (pic 1). I went down for a sauna and Rae did more gym work. Afterwards, had breakfast in the Dunes Cafe.......unbelievable array of food! Then it was pool time again......still sunny and 21 plus degrees! Stayed by the pool for around 90 mins before heading up for afternoon tea.......and our private taxi sightseeing tour, which was excellent. We covered a lot of ground before we got dropped off at the river boat ferry ( Atlantis Hotel, "Manhattan" skyline, Burj al Arab and beach, King's Palace, Jumeirah Mosque, Dubai Creek, river boat ferry (2-8). The Spice Souk was interesting and we got conned into buying some spices and a silk scarf (pics 9 and 10). Made our way ... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai March 19th 2014

it was a long flight, a very long one............we arrived safely in Dubai at 05.00 local time after about 15 hours in the air. Took some melatonin tablets, which are supposed to help adjust your body clock and managed some sleep on the plane. Took a taxi to our hotel, The Shangri-La and was there by 6 o'clock. Unsurprisingly our room wasn't ready........but we offered an upgraded room complete with Horizon Club privileges, at an additional cost of course. Given that we didn't want to waste the day, we took it. Very well appointed room on 38th floor (probably not that high by Dubai standards!) with an uninterrupted view to the Gulf (Pic 1). The Horizon Club membership gave us access to a small gym and pool on the 42nd floor. After sorting ourselves out a ... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai March 18th 2014

Despite being seemingly contradictory to everything I stand for, I was admittedly quite intrigued by Dubai. We gave it a day. Actually, I didn’t dislike it. The extravagance, the ostentatious displays of wealth, the biggest, tallest, most luxurious, most expensive whatever, claims to fame that do not generally attract me to a place. But Dubai was alright. It was cheaper to fly back to the UK from Dubai instead of Muscat. So, rather than just using the city for its airport, we arrived for our flight the best part of a whole day early and had a look around. We had expected much from Oman and were disappointed. We expected little from Dubai and were pleasantly surprised. Leaping to a conclusion drawn from little experiential evidence: Oman = very interesting country with lots to do but ... read more
Downtown Dubai from the Metro
Dubai Mall
Burj Khalifa

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai March 2nd 2014

Apologies for the delay. Back to where we started some 40 days ago, in Dubai. A final few days and then back to the UK. We are so lucky to have had the opportunity to not only travel to great places in Asia but for the Finch family to do it together. What a unique and special opportunity that will linger in our memories. So here we are are back in Dubai. We saw the impressive fountain show in front of the Burg Khalifa on the first day of our trip and finished by doing the same - still as impressive and a great way to finish. We enjoyed a relaxing time in Dubai with the girls having a bit of excitement with a desert safari - dune bashing, camel ride, henna, Arabian bbq and shisha! ... read more
Desert safari

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai March 1st 2014

Saturday, we slept in a little bit then headed down to Abu Dhabi for another fun day. I was just discussing with Jamie regarding activities here. There is a LOT to do in Dubai and this area in general, but it can get expensive. Look at Friday: Burj Khalifa - 125 AED, Lunch - 50 AED, Shopping (!?!?), Cooking class - 300AED, VIP Movie - 100AED. That's one day. However, aside from gas and a minimal park fee, and dinner, Saturday was almost free! Jamie was kind enough to drive us all to Abu Dhabi for the Red Bull Air Race. We thought it started at 2pm, but it turns out that was the start time for Friday; on Saturday, the start time was 4:30. Emirates Palace - Free So, we caught a cab and headed ... read more
Tina and Melinda at Emirates Palace
Gold Machine at Emirates Palace
Red Bull Air Race

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai February 28th 2014

To get away from the monotony of work in Qatar, I decided to invite two new Dutch girls to Dubai for a fun weekend of just girls. Melinda is married to one of my engineers, and had visited him while he interned in Dubai about six years ago - things had changed a LOT since then, so it was interesting to see her reaction. Tina had never been to Dubai before, and I'm a little worried because she seems to really like it. Like me like it - so I worry she'll ditch us folk in Qatar... Anyway, I always take the nightly United flight from Doha to Dubai - it is almost never full. But last time and this time it was!!! It took a while to check in, go through security, go through security ... read more
Burj Khalifa
cooking class
Rococo Cooking Class 2014

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai February 12th 2014

Feb 12, 2014 - Off to the Middle East...Dubai...for a Valentine Celebration... Feb 13, 2014 - Landed to Deira...this is a town were most of the locals go and live...Gold Souk is also here... Feb 14, 2014 - Off to Dubai a place called "The Beach" the Dubai Marina beach...and off to a nice Valentine dinner... Feb 15, 2014 - ...zzzzz...late night last night so sleeping in was in order...we r now off to Dhow Cruise...great food...great entertainment...some male Arabic dancing... Feb 16 - 17, 2014 - ...immersing into the culture...being with the locals... Feb 18, 2014 - ...enjoy a day of watching professional tennis competition... Feb 19, 2014 - Go back home... :-(... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai February 9th 2014

Arrived 5th Feb 7.50am, got to hotel in a taxi and was unable t check in, so dropped my bag and went out. Receptionist advised me which metro station to get to Burj Khalifa. Went to Dubai Mall and got lost in it! Walked around the food court twice without realising! I was looking how to get out to go and see the Burj, but literally couldn’t find an exit for about an hour! When I found one I walked out and couldn’t see the tallest building in the world! Walked around chuckling, thinking how have I lost the tallest building in the world? DON’T WORRY though I found it! Walked around the whole shopping centre at least twice, eventually found the ‘At the top’ Burj Khalifa entrance and it was fully booked until Sunday, gutted, ... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai February 6th 2014

our visit at Dubai and Langkawi trip... read more
swapna saha

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai February 4th 2014

26th / 27th January 2014 Where do I start?!!! The journey to Gatwick was uneventful, arrived, checked in our luggage – that was a new one as we usually only take hand luggage!! The plane left on time ( A huge Boeing 777!) and after a delicious 3 course meal we tried to sleep the remaining four hours of flight (6 ½ hrs altogether!) Managed to doze for a while but woke up in time to see a beautiful sunrise across the mainly sandy terrain and we landed at about 7.00am Dubai time (3.00am UK time!!) The airport was impressive – large as are most things here! Full of pillars, mirrors, coloured glass and palm trees. A guy was waiting for our taxi transfer to Cassells Al Barsha Hotel, and we were whisked off for the ... read more
Me and Him in the desert
Catching the abra
Bedhouin Camp

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