We just got back from our 5-day Dubai adventure…and it still feels surreal! It was so different than what we experienced in Tanzania, and it definitely induced a serious case of culture shock!
Our first day, we just hung around the hotel and treated ourselves to as long of a hot shower as we wanted. After six weeks of tepid water and not being able to put my face in the shower, I definitely appreciated the luxury that is a hot shower. We relaxed on the beach, started to share our plethora of stories with Dad, and attempted to take in the opulence that this city is known for. Everything is bigger, more expensive, and shiny. Coming from Dar, where it seems like the entire city is covered in a film of dust, the sparkling skyscrapers and massive billboards hit me like a brick wall.
We decided that we couldn’t be in Dubai without partaking in the “required” tourist activities, so we journeyed to the top of the Burj Kalifah, the tallest building in the word (yes, it is the one from Mission Impossible); went skiing at Ski Dubai, the indoor ski resort at the Mall of the Emirates; went on a desert safari, which included dune bashing, sand boarding, riding a camel, and driving ATVs around the desert; and got lost in the Dubai Mall, which feels like the size of a city!
We enjoyed a Lebanese feast as our Thanksgiving dinner — since there’s really nowhere to get a turkey and mashed potatoes in the city! Even though I love classic Thanksgiving food (probably more than I should :P), eating in Dubai definitely made it a Thanksgiving to remember!
I’m very happy to be home for the holidays — although the cold weather here is definitely going to take some getting used to!
REUNITED WITH DAD!
It’s so very different from Tanzania…
…complete with pools and cabanas!
Visiting the Jumeirah Mosque
The (HUGE) Dubai Mall
It’s MASSIVE! 😀
The Burj Kalifah — the tallest building in the world
Everything is opulent…even the seats at the mall!
We’re crazy — but it always makes for fun pictures!
Shopping on the streets 🙂
SANDBOARDING! Never thought it would be so fun 🙂
I RODE A CAMEL 😀
ATVs in the desert
It just had to be done 😛
It seems like the sand goes on forever :O
I count as an expert at Ski Dubai 😛
We spent the morning on the beach, and went skiing in the afternoon!
THE TOP OF THE WORLD (actually just the top of the Burj Kalifah)
What a beautiful view 🙂
Thanksgiving dinner — Dubai style!