Dubai - Day 2
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The next morning I awake at 8am. I take a hot shower due to lack of cold water. Then I survive breakfast without suffocating and step outside into the heat again. My first stop for today is Ibn Batutta Mall. Thinking the taxi ride would take only about ten minutes I´m quite surprised to arrive at my destination half an hour later. If you look at a map of Dubai it doesn´t look that big but the city actually spreads quite far.
A taxi ride from the Old Town of Dubai to Ibn Batutta Mall costs about $12, for those who are interested.
My taxi driver introduces himself as John and just like all other who drove me before him he is from Pakistan.
After having managed to shake off John ("If you like massage, just call John") I finally enter the Ibn Batutta Mall, a huge shopping arcade that has a Turkish, Chinese, Egyptian, Indian and Moroccan section and is decorated accordingly.
A few meters to my left lies an Asian beauty in a revealing rather than hiding bikini. Men walking past seem to be transfixed by the girl´s curves. Some even stop in their walking to gloat on her. Poor girl?!
Shortly before the sun touches the horizon I get a taxi back to the hotel. Since I have already checked out this morning I can´t take a shower in my room but my friend Nora at the reception suggests to take a shower on the roof of Golden Sands 5 where they have a pool and a shower.
One thing that shouldn´t be missed while in Dubai is a drive on Sheikh Zayed Road during the night. Skyscraper Road would be more appropriate. My driver lets me know that the son of Sheikh Zayed, Mohammed or so, promised to build 500 (!) skyscrapers along this road in honor of his father. About 150 have already been built, more to come. Most beautiful are the Emirates Towers and of course - now highest building in the world - the Burj Dubai.
Sheikh Zayed Road with its ten lanes and the skyscrapers piling up on each side leaves you with an image of an unreal silhouette and a toylike city.
Arriving at Emirates Mall, the biggest mall in Dubai, I encounter happily veiled men and women indulging in happy skiing. Seeing people speeding down the slope and throwing snowballs in each others faces at 0°C while the outside temperate is 45°C is a weird sight. As if it was the most normal thing in the world to have a snowball fight in the desert.
I do some more window shopping and browse through some books on Dubai reading about things I´ve seen, things I haven´t seen and things I wouldn´t ever want to see.
Around 10.30pm I get a last taxi to the airport. My two days in Dubai are coming to an end. Conclusion: Another place to tick off.