From beach to ski slopes in 20 minutes.
Dubai Travel Blog› entry 107 of 251 › view all entries
June 15th, 2008 – by: cmgervais
The smart choice for the day would have been to stay in, rest, and replenish some fluids. But I felt determined to go out since we have so little time here, and there are several things I want to see. So Steve and I climbed aboard the hotel’s 9:30am shuttle to Jumeirah Beach Park, where we arrived about 30 minutes later.
Even with a cooling breeze, it was just too hot to stick around the beach for very long. After taking a quick look around the beach, where cameras were not allowed, and the adjacent park area (palm trees, grass, and more sand) we hopped in a cab.
We then made a quick stop at Dubai’s famous landmark, the world’s only 7-star hotel, Burj Al Arab. We couldn’t get very close, due to a pesky security gate. I had to photograph it from outside, and noticed several other tourists doing “drive-by shootings” as well.
Then the driver took us part way out on the man-made palm-shaped islands of the Jumeirah Palm. This was his idea, not ours. “This was all sea! Looking! Looking!” he kept saying while he was pointing the many rows of condo buildings. I think it’s something best viewed from the air, so I am including a cool aerial view from Google Maps.
Finally we landed at the Mall of the Emirates, the home of Ski Dubai -- yes, Dubai even has downhill skiing, with REAL snow! The ski-slope-shaped building was impressively enormous from the outside.
Steve wanted to eat at this point, but I didn’t even want to be in the proximity of food (the aliens don’t like food), so I got a pampering pedicure while he had lunch.
Then I felt sick again and wanted to go back to the hotel. I spent the rest of the day sleeping, reading, and watching television. Steve, going stir crazy, made a trip to the Ibn Battuta Mall, which he claimed was the “coolest shopping mall” he has ever visited. He even found a pair of Teva sandals, at long last.
So here I am in Dubai, watching Law & Order and Without a Trace reruns. Oh well, at least there were some Arabic subtitles for an exotic touch and to remind me where I am :^)
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