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    • Day 15

      Global Village

      November 13, 2023 in the United Arab Emirates ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      Das Global Village - hatte ich mir noch vorgenommen und am Abend mal hingeschaut. Die Idee: ein Ort (mitten in die Wüste gezimmert) wo alle möglichen Länder sich vorstellen und typische Waren und Speisen aus der Heimat anbieten können plus jede Menge Zirkus drumrum. Eigentlich ist das eine riesige Shopping und Fressmeile. Ich fands cool. Irgendwie war es auch eine nette Stimmung da und man konnte wirklich authentische Speisen aus allen möglichen Ländern Snacken.

      Europas Beitrag war übrigens armselig - eh schon nur der gesamte Kontinent und dann auch kaum irgendwas spannendes. Manche Länder hatten sich da echt Mühe gegeben.

      So langsam bekomme ich einen Hotelkoller ...heute Nacht hat mich das Hotel mit einem Feuelarm ins Nottreppenhaus gejagt, zusammen mit allen anderen, um dann nicht weiterzukommen weil dort die Stühle für die Konferenzräume gelagert werden. Dann doch Aufzug und dann sowas wie "ja wir haben da n Problem mit der Elektrik" ist aber schon gelöst. Nach der "Lösung" ging es dann im halbe Stundentakt weiter...
      Aber die Erkältung ist schon fast weg 😅
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    • Day 106


      April 24, 2023 in the United Arab Emirates ⋅ ☁️ 33 °C

      The last stop on our mini adventure , we're visiting our good friends Rizwan and Sameera in Dubai!

      For the uninitiated, Dubiay is a massive adult playground. Everything is clean, pristine and either the tallest, longest, widest or best in the world. While we were here we hit a water park and raced down the world's longest dual racer water slide. Went to the incredible IMG and Motiongate theme parks and ride the world's largest indoor roller coaster, and we had drink in the Burj Khalifa, in the world's highest bar, on floor 123 and we got up there in the world fastest elevator. We did some shopping in the works biggest shopping mall, Mall of Dubai and checked out the aquarium which has the world biggest pane of glass. We hit all the accolades and it was incredible.

      We had an absolutely wonderful time, Dubai is a very interesting place, the playground for the rich and famous, and our hosts gave us the full VIP experience. The best way end to an amazing trip.

      Thank you all for joining us on our little adventure. We're at the airport waiting for our flight back home and hopefully we'll see you all soon. x
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    • Day 4

      Mall of the Emirates

      December 31, 2023 in the United Arab Emirates ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

      Die Mall of the Emirates in Dubai ist wie eine Wundertüte🤩: Hier gibts hunderte Geschäfte🛍️, eine Ski Piste ⛷️ und eine Spielhölle🎮. Skifahren waren wir vor 10 Jahren schon, Patrick ist ned gut im Skifahren und somit gehen wir Gamen!Read more

    • Day 2

      Dubai stop over

      August 7, 2023 in the United Arab Emirates ⋅ ☀️ 42 °C

      The airport is very overwhelming, there are people everywhere. The flight was ok, with a fair bit of turbulence in patches. Got some sleep. But I would not recommend being in the back of the plane. It was like the 'do drop in".Read more

    • Day 39

      Day 37 Travel day

      October 7, 2023 in the United Arab Emirates ⋅ ☀️ 37 °C

      Well it didn’t need to be just a travel day but that’s what it turned into. We went out and got some goodies for breakfast, watched more Netflix, packed our bags including our extra bag Jony who has joined us to cope with some of our purchases. We packed stuff we cared about less in him in case he got lost.

      A Uber to the airport, I am getting quite hooked on Uber! And we were there at 11.30. When was our flight departing at 3.10, so lots of time. Then got notification that it was delayed and it eventually left at 5pm. So that was 5 hours sitting at the airport and then a 5 hour flight. We went through security early so were limited to some rather uncomfortable seats and limited food options.

      When on the flight I had my fingers crossed as we both had aisle seats and there were singles next to the window. So I was lucky and Trisha was not. But my single by the window didn’t like having to ask me to get up so she could go to the toilet so she left mid flight and sat in the reserved seats at the back. So then Trisha joined me on my side.

      We got to Dubai about midnight and had a long bus ride from the plane to the terminal. Jony had arrived safely so then it was out into the heat and madhouse that was the taxi line, sooo many people and sooo many taxis.

      We are staying in the Swisshotel Al Murooj and it is pretty swanky. We had porters collecting our luggage from the taxi, a nice checkin process seeing as it was nearly 2am by then, and a lovely room with 2 king single beds. We also found that our reservation included breakfast. We booked flights with Flight Centre and the agent suggested this place and booked it for us. We could check in and out late and early and it was only $170 per night and is walking distance to the Dubai Mall.

      So we basically kicked off our clothes and fell into bed!

      9,668 steps, and a nice 22 degrees in Zagreb and an exhausting heatwave of 30 degrees at midnight in Dubai.
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    • Day 40

      Day 39 Dubai

      October 8, 2023 in the United Arab Emirates ⋅ 🌙 30 °C

      We did not set an alarm for this morning and didn’t wake up until 8am. So did pretty well being in the taxi by 9.30 and at the miracle gardens by 10. Omg the first thing we saw were the massive grassed horses, 2 of them facing each other just through the entrance. That set the scene for our visit. We walked all around the outside first before crisscrossing through the middle. There were several grass covered exhibits, the horses, 2 elephants, penguins, peacocks and a massive plane with the Emirates logo on the side. We were able to walk up steps to a castle like structure and view things from higher up. The Smurf town was a surprise but very cute with the Smurf music playing. Flowers were everywhere, with heart shaped archways that we walked through. There was a small water feature as well.

      We felt very prepared for our visit with our fans and umbrellas which look great in pics. My umbrella also got borrowed by someone to enhance their pic!

      The surprising thing was the number of vendors around the perimeter selling perfume, scarves, t shirts, roasted corn, fruit drinks, soft toys, games to win soft toys. Also had sideshow areas so well set up for kids. There were lots of places to sit in the shade with alcoves and tables. We did go into one shop for the aircon and had such a nice man not trying to hassle us to buy stuff so Trish ended up buying a scarf.

      We were pleased that we had gone early because it did get incredible hot. Was 39 but Google said it felt like 44 with the humidity and we weren’t disagreeing. So had a lovely ride back in a cool taxi and took cover in our room for a while.

      Then it was time for a swim again. We went earlier today so it was a bit hotter, but there is a huge waterfall feature in the pool which helps to cool all the surrounding area. There was a guy in the pool doing butterfly laps. It was funny when he was trying to tell a family of 5 that their position was impeding his self generated swimming lane. It is a pretty small pool and not really intended for a serious swim but he made the most of it.

      After another small rest in our room, which we love, with the king single beds, and the great aircon! The only tv we get is CNN or BBC and they are both pretty sobering with the crisis in Israel and the earthquake in Afghanistan.

      Then time for the mall. We wanted to get a restaurant table with a view of the fountains, and booked Joe’s Cafe for 6pm. Then there were 3 things I wanted to purchase which I had seen yesterday but decided on later. My crocs, a handheld fan and a phone case. The mall is really huge, but these 3 shops were sort of in a similar place. I was rather impressed that we left the cafe, bought the 3 things and were back within half an hour. Of course then the first show which should have been at 6 didn’t start. But we saw the next 3 shows and had an amazing dinner. Both chose a quinoa and avocado salad and had a dessert.

      It took around half an hour to get back to the hotel. It isn’t a long walk, but we need to go through several sets of lights at an intersection with lots of connecting roads so it takes while.

      15,807 steps and 40 degrees. I am writing this at 10 pm and it is 34 degrees.
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    • Day 41

      Day 40 Dubai

      October 9, 2023 in the United Arab Emirates ⋅ ☀️ 39 °C

      Another day and another great breakfast in the hotel. Turmeric shots and omelettes for us every day. Then we caught a taxi to The Frame which is a very high structure oriented so old Dubai is on one side and new Dubai is on the other.

      Funny story about this. On my first trip to Dubai with Allan Rohde 8 years ago we went to a park and walked all the way round trying to work out what was inside and how could we get in. I have just today realised that this was the same park and they would have been constructing the frame at the time so the whole area was fenced off as a construction site.

      It was nice again to go earlier in the morning for less people and we were up in the lift pretty quickly and having fun talking pictures. Part of the floor was glass which I didn’t expect. But was thinking the other day that we have never walked on a glass floor after seeing funny videos where the glass floors are shown to crack and seeing people’s reactions. It was quite confronting to walk on it to start with as we were 140m up but we got used to it and just walked across to get from side to side. They did take some great pics of us, but $55 was a bit steep when we took some ourselves as well. That would have been a good place for the selfie stick which wasn’t in my bag.

      Then a Uber back to our nice cool hotel and time to pack up again. It has been nice to be here for 3 nights and able to checkout at 5pm. So plenty of time to pack, then go to the pool and to warm up and do final dry of some clothes lol. We will get a taxi at 5pm for our flight at 9pm. Flying for 7 hours and hopefully sleeping as it will be 9am in Singapore when we get there.

      So far 5,000 steps and 39 degrees.
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    • Day 57

      Neues Land, neues (Un-)Glück

      March 23 in the United Arab Emirates ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

      Die Reisegruppe ist seit heute Abend um eine Teilnehmerin reicher: Thierry und Anke sind heute morgen um 5:30 Uhr in Dubai angekommen, Janas Flug aus Deutschland hingegen landete um 19:00 Uhr.

      Die Zeit dazwischen haben die Reiseoldies fürs Umplanen genutzt. Als wir heute morgen hier ankamen, stellte sich nämlich raus, dass unsere mühselig wegen Lage, Wohnkomfort zu dritt und Ausstattung ausgesuchte Unterkunft seit einigen Tagen den Pool renoviert. Und damit ist nicht das Ausbessern von fünf gesprungenen Fliesen gemeint - Fliesen gibt es nämlich keine mehr, der komplette Pool wurde weggerissen. Der Plan, uns in den kommenden Tagen zwischen den Stadtrundgängen bei 30 Grad am Pool zu erfrischen, ist damit hinfällig. Also nutzen wir die Wartezeit bis zu Janas Ankunft für neue Unterkunfts- und Reiseroutenrecherchen. Das lenkt auch weitgehend vom mehr oder minder vorhandenen Jetlag ab.

      Abends lenkt dann Jana davon ab. Und - wie Franz Eberhofer sagen würde - das ist schön.
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    • Day 4

      Miracle Garden

      January 16 in the United Arab Emirates ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      Visited the 'Miracle' gardens today, there were a heck of a lot of flowers and some of the shapes they made were impressive.

      It was a little bit more of a tourist trap than I was expecting, with some clear ripoffs of Disney and lots of smurfs.

      It was nice to walk around, but the thing that hit me was, no bees. No bugs even.
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    • Day 2

      Quadfahren und Kamelreiten in der Wüste

      February 11, 2020 in the United Arab Emirates ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      So gegen 14:30 wurden wir mit einem Jeep zu unseren Wüstensafari abgeholt. Nach ca. 45 min. Fahrzeit erreichten wir den Eingang zu den Dünen. Dort war auch der abgesperrte Bereich für das Quadfahren. Nach einer kurzen Disskussion über die bereits bezahlte Quadtour konnten wir dann doch fahren. Die Quads hatten zwar schon starke Gebrauchsspuren, aber wir hatten trotzdem viel Spaß. Nach ca. 30min wechselten wir noch auf ein Wüstenschiff und schaukelten ein paar Minuten durch die Dünen.Read more

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