Hello everyone!!! We are now home after completing the last leg of our journey which involved 16 and ½ hours of flying; 2 flights and 1 stopover in Sydney. We present to you - our ninth and final blog…
Our arrival into Dubai (unlike our one to Paris) was seamless – phew! It did however arrive at seven in the morning and after not sleeping at all the night before we checked in and had a very early “nana” nap. We then ventured out by taxi to ‘The Dubai Mall’ which is so big that you can get lost in and with over 1200 shops, Lydia had a ball!! It also houses an aquarium and an underwater zoo. We walked through the glass tunnel (50 metres long) for a close up view of sharks, sting rays, and over 30,000 fish. We then took a glass bottom boat for a bird’s eye view of the aquarium before walking around the zoo which included water rats, penguins and other marine life. The Burj Kalifa (world’s tallest building) is also part of this complex and at 6pm we were booked to take the lift to the 124th floor for a breathtaking view of Dubai at night and also a birds eye view of the water-fountain show. What an AMAZING start to our short stay!
The following day was super and saw us taking a ½ day city tour which included photo opportunities at the Burj Al Arab (the hotel known as the sail) and the Jumeirah Mosque (the only mosque open to the public). Before heading and stopping at the Bastakia area to admire the old-wind towered houses (which were built by wealthy merchants). From here we visit the Al Fahidi Fort, a 200-year-old structure that houses the Dubai Museum, having time to have a quick look around before continuing our journey on a traditional Abra (Water Taxi), across the Creek to the bustling alleys the Gold and Spice Souks (Markets).
That afternoon we left behind the crowds and chaos of the city, and were escorted via 4x4’s on a thrilling journey - over towering sand dunes, and through to the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, deep into the heart of the desert. This was super exciting and we were glad for the roll bars inside the vehicle to hold on to. Before arriving at camp where a majority of our evening took place we stopped off to see a falconry show watching how these amazing birds of prey operate but also the beauty of the desert at dusk. As the sun set over the dunes, lanterns came to life in the distance, lighting the way to our camp and signalling the start of our evening. Once inside the camp we enjoyed a traditional Arabian feast of barbecued meat, salads and sweets whilst seated ‘Bedouin-style’. During this time we were also able to experience aromatic water pipes (shisha), camel rides – oh my goodness ‘hold on tight and lean back’ otherwise you’ll fall off, sand art and henna designs (I got one of flowers on my foot; Steve is still deciding what design to get). To top the evening we were enchanted by a belly dancing show, before star gazing and the trip home – slightly less thrilling this time.
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