Enjoying Dubai - day 4
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July 24th, 2006 – by: grubi
After a wonderful sleep we got up at arround 9 o' clock. Our breakfast was served on the ground floor. The buffet was even smaller than in the Jumeirah Beach Hotel but offered as well a great selection of international breakfast food.
Thereafter we went back to our suite to pack our baggage. During this, our butler Mr. Xu told us that the Royal Suite is currently vacant and we're welcomed to walk arround there a bit. It was a pleasure for us and so we went to the 25th floor so walk through this extremly large and luxurious suite. That was really a amazing experience. A lot of things like room panellings, water taps, complete showers, desks and so on are made out of 24 carat beaten gold. You have 5 big flatscreen-TVs across the suite and many other luxerious facilities where you can clearly see that money doesn't play a role here.
After this we went back to our suite to continue to pack our baggage and check the last mails for this day.
At 2 p.m. we had to check-out (we requested a late check-out, normal check-out time is noon). We had to wait a bit in the lobby until we were picked up for the booked desert safari tour. During our tour, our baggage was stored by the hotel until our departure to the airport.
Desert safari tour with 4WD Toyota GX_R
We were picked-up punctually at our hotel with a brand new Toyota GX_R (just had 1700km on). In this air-conditioned vehicle we drove in direction north were we met other safari toyotas of our company at a petrol station.
Once we stopped in the desert to take some photos. Next stop was a camel farm were we could pet the nice camels which are very calm and frugal. They are used to "welcome" tourists I think. Furthermore we passed a camel racetrack were the Nationals arrange camel races during the cooler time of the year.
Our last stop was the base of our organiser were they offerd a BBQ dinner, shishas (hubble-bubble), Henna (hand paintings) and a belly dancer who showed their dancing for about 20 minutes in the hot nightly dessert (arround 38°C during nighttime).
After this all Toyota drivers drove back their guests to the appropriate hotels.
Transfer from Burj al Arab to Dubai Airport
We arrived at arround 9.30 p.m. at the Burj al Arab again where we waited until short before 11 p.m. to get picked up to get to the airport. The ride was nothing special with no congestions, so we arrived at the airport ontime.
Flight Dubai - Vienna on OS042 (B737-800)
Check-in was ok, but the security at the airport is extreme. They x-ray your baggage 4 times at different places until you can board the aircraft. Many had to put off their shoes as well.
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