First visit to Dubai

Dubai Travel Blog

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After a flight of about 6.5 hours, and spending the night in the airplane, we arrived at Dubai International Airport at about 8.00 am. The passport control went on smoothly, we dropped our luggage at a baggage storage and took a taxi to the Dubai Mall. Leaving the taxi we noticed the strength of the sunshine on our skin! And we had a first glance on the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower which we would visit the same afternoon.

The Dubai Mall is the world’s largest shopping mall (over 1,200 shops) and houses all international known brands, but also an Olympic ice rink, an aquarium and many restaurants. We had a cup of coffee and resisted a shopping tour! Next to the Dubai Mall is the Burj Khalifa, we took some photos outside, visited the Souk Al Bahar (looking
original but newly built!).

After a rest on a terrace it was time to visit the Burj Khalifa. We made reservations in advance for 2.00 pm. It took some time to get to the elevator which brings you in seconds to the observation deck on the 124th floor. The tower counts 160 floors and is 828m high! The views are stunning. The skyline of Dubai, the artificial islands ‘The World’, the Burj Al Arab and the cruise ship we would board later that day. I think we were very lucky to have such a clear day.

After visiting the Burj Khalifa we took a taxi to the traditional area Bastakiya. Known for the earliest form of air-conditioning, the wind-tower (wet pieces of cloth were hung in the tower and cooled the houses) and beautiful courtyard houses. We had tea at ‘The Arabian Tea House’ before walking through the area and along the creek. A short visit to the souk and we passed the Dubai Museum (housed in the Al Fahidi Fort). After another taxi ride via the airport to get our luggage and a long day we finally boarded our ‘hotel’ for the next week, the Costa Atlantica. The first night on board we had an easy buffet styled dinner and a couple of drinks. That night the ship would stay in the harbor of Dubai. From the ‘stateroom’ balcony we had a view on the skyline of Dubai, including the Burj Khalifa!

joytravels says:
Driving into the sand blowing it in the air and then enjoying a memorable evening under the star-lit sky!
Posted on: Apr 29, 2016
nightsky says:
Hi Vlindeke! Nice Dubai blog! Visit my Dubai blog as well:

http://www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/113228/
Posted on: Feb 11, 2014
Vlindeke says:
Dat was het zeker!
Posted on: Apr 22, 2013
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Dubai Mall, aquarium
Dubai Mall, aquarium
Dubai Mall, aquarium
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Dubai Mall, Ice rink
Dubai Mall, Ice rink
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Outside Dubai Mall
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Burj Khalifa (photo by DP)
Burj Khalifa (photo by DP)
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Souk Al Bahar
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Burj Khalifa
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Burj Khalifa
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Burj Khalifa, I was there
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Burj Khalifa
Fountain show outside Dubai Mall
Fountain show outside Dubai Mall
Entrance Burj Khalifa
Entrance Burj Khalifa
Entrance Burj Khalifa
Entrance Burj Khalifa
Entrance Burj Khalifa
Entrance Burj Khalifa
Entrance Burj Khalifa
Entrance Burj Khalifa
Entrance Burj Khalifa
Entrance Burj Khalifa
View on Dubai Mall
View on Dubai Mall
View on Dubai Mall
View on Dubai Mall
View upwards
View upwards
The World
The World
Burj Al Arab (right far end)
Burj Al Arab (right far end)
Burj Al Arab (right)
Burj Al Arab (right)
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Burj Al Arab
Burj Al Arab
Burj Al Arab
Leaving the top
Leaving the top
Dubai Mall
Dubai Mall
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Dubai Mall, waiting for a taxi
Dubai Mall, waiting for a taxi
Down town Dubai
Down town Dubai
Bastakiya
Bastakiya
Bastakiya, wind-tower
Bastakiya, wind-tower
Bastakiya, The Arabian Tea House
Bastakiya, The Arabian Tea House
Bastakiya, The Arabian Tea House
Bastakiya, The Arabian Tea House
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Bastakiya
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Bastakiya, wind-towers
Bastakiya, wind-towers
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Bastakiya, wind-towers
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Bastakiya, wind-tower
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Bastakiya, the Creek
Bastakiya, the Creek
Bastakiya, the Creek
Bastakiya, the Creek
Bastakiya, the Creek
Bastakiya, the Creek
Bastakiya, the Creek
Bastakiya, the Creek
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Bastakiya
Bastakiya, the Creek
Bastakiya, the Creek
Bastakiya, the Creek
Bastakiya, the Creek
Bastakiya, the Creek
Bastakiya, the Creek
Bastakiya, the Creek
Bastakiya, the Creek
Bastakiya, the souk
Bastakiya, the souk
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Bastakiya
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Bastakiya, Dubai Museum
Bastakiya, Dubai Museum
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Bastakiya, Dubai Museum
Bastakiya, Dubai Museum
Bastakiya, Dubai Museum
Bastakiya, Dubai Museum
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Dubai skyline
Dubai skyline
Dubai
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