Ramadan festivities at Mall of the Emirates
Yes, I, Mum, Dad and Mark went to Dubai together for a few days in October 2005! It actually worked out fine, because we weren't tied to each other - Mum and Dad did things on their own, as did Mark and me.
The only couple of eventful things about this trip was that it was Ramadan, and it was the first time we'd been in Dubai at this time. An Emirates air steward told us we'd be OK at malls, that we could get something to eat because cafes would screen themselves off.
WRONG! All the little restaurants, coffee shops and cafes were closed for business until after sun down! We were reduced to sending me into Carrefour at the Deira City Centre to buy a four pack of Mars bars and some cans of Diet Coke and hide in the toilets to get something to eat otherwise we'd all have passed out! We clearly weren't the only ones to do this - the bins were stuffed with soft drink cans and chocolate bar wrappers! At the hotel it was fine - there were screens up around the lobby patisserie so you could still eat there and the pool isn't considered a public area so we could get lunch at the pool bar!
The day of the head bump...
Second problem: we arrived quite late at night and agreed that on the first day we'd go to the malls. I had a ring Mum and Dad bought me in Dubai in June 2004 for graduation from St Andrews.
It's like a coil, and unfortunately broke in September, so we were taking it back to be fixed. Hell, it was a great excuse to go to the malls while I still had cash, and Mum was with me so maybe Mum would pay!!!?
Anyway, we spent the whole day out and about, and went back to the hotel. The next day was spent sunbathing and at lunch time we started out to the pool bar for a bite to eat. I felt a bit unwell, and went to the bathroom but felt worse so I headed up to the room, but I could feel me ears closing in and feeling really muffled, and my eyes were flashing too. I only just made it up the stairs to the corridor, and sat down. I thought I was going to be sick so started trying to run to the room but passed out halfway along the first corridor, i.e., no where NEAR our room! When I fainted, I banged my head on the door frame of someone's bed room and a French family in the room opposite heard me clatter to the ground and came out to see if I was OK.
The mum asked who I was with and who she could get for me and I muddled our room number and she went to get my Mum. In the meantime, Mark had come after me to see what was up. He said he got a real fright when he saw me sprawled out in the corridor - and I was only wearing a bikini and a black sarong! By the time the helpful woman found Mum, someone else had told the hotel manager what had happened and he and a security guard had got there too! They helped me to the room, and told us they'd phoned an ambulance - nightmare! Mum helped me get out my wet bikini because I could still hardly stand and got me into a bathrobe, lay me down on the bed and put a cold wet towel over my face. Mark had gone to tell Dad what had happened - Papa opted to stay and finish his lunch! Mum sent Mark to have his and the paramedics arrived. They asked if I was pregnant - NO! - and if I was diabetic, no. They put me on oxygen and tested my blood and decided the heat must have got to me and they also thought I was dehydrated, although I'd been drinking lots of water all day. So I had a sleep and we went out for dinner, admittedly I had a bit of a bump on my head, but I was fine after that!
The many colours of the Burj al Arab
A lovely holiday - I must stop having dramas though!
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