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Al Wasl

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  • Day20

    Day 19: Exploring Dubai

    March 24, 2011 in the United Arab Emirates

    We'd booked two days in Dubai and had no firm plans, so the world was our oyster. Over breakfast we decided to buy tickets for the Big Bus - a hop-on hop-off loop bus around the city visiting most of the key tourist areas. The only issue with the bus is that the bus stop wasn't that close to our hotel.

    It only looked like a couple of blocks on our map, but Dubai is very spread out, American style with enormous wide streets and very long blocks. 30 minutes and considerable difficulty later, we arrived at the Grand Mosque where the bus stop was. Had a quick look at the outside of the mosque but unfortunately couldn't go inside as prayers were in progress. Before long the bus arrived and we hopped on.

    We stayed on for most of the loop past lots of highlights: Burj al-Arab, Atlantis and the Palm Jumeirah, Wild Wadi Water Park, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai Mall and more. Jumped off at Dubai Mall and went inside for a look around, plus a spot of lunch at the food court. It's mind-blowingly large, and leaves the Westfield places in Australia for dead!

    Switched to the connecting bus which loops around the Old Town and had a look around. Our ticket got us free entry to a boat cruise on Dubai Creek, so we did that in the afternoon. Very informative and interesting. Next stop on the bus was the Dubai Museum, where we spent an hour looking around.

    A lot of effort had gone into the museum, but Dubai has only really existed since the late 1800s, so there isn't much history to speak of. Last stop on the bus was the Gold Souk (market) across the creek, where we alighted in the early evening. Had a wander around and a gawk at all the gold jewellery on display, though most of it was far too flashy/kitsch/extravagant for my liking. Lots of guys selling genuine imitation Rolex/Seiko watches as well.

    Found a small spice souk and looked around there as well, but every shop sells much the same spices and after the first two shops they aren't that interesting to look at. Everything in the old town is clustered by what the shops are selling, so you'd have the electronics district, the meat district, the watches district, the sports supplement district etc. Unfortunately we couldn't find the restaurant district, but managed to find a few places and picked one mostly at random. Very few tourists about, but the locals paid us no heed as we enjoyed a massive shwarma (kebab plate) dinner for about 40 dirhams ($10 AUD).

    Taxi back to the hotel where we sat in the Aussie Sports Bar, choking on cigarette smoke and watching Australia lose their world cup cricket semi-final to India. Of course the place was full of Indian migrant workers, just my luck!
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  • Day21

    Day 20: Dubai Water Park

    March 25, 2011 in the United Arab Emirates

    We decided that today we'd visit a water park to relax before heading to the mall in the evening for the fountain show, dinner and a trip up Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest structure. Annoyingly, you can't book tickets up the tower online less than 48 hours out, so we had to stop by in the morning.

    Despite arriving within 20 minutes of the ticket booth opening, the only session available was at 11pm that night. Irritating, but we could make it work. Bought our tickets and headed for Atlantis Aquaventure. It's located on the tip of the Palm Jumeirah, and is a water-based fun park like Wet'n'Wild.

    We spent pretty much the entire day here, going on the different slides and rapids. We eventually worked up the courage to go on the huge speed slide, which dropped you a huge distance, in a tube through the shark tank and into the splashdown pool. Long wait for a very short ride but it was worth it!

    Left the park at sunset and headed back to the Dubai Mall. Had a Chinese banquet dinner at a table facing the fountain show, so we had front row seats for the amazing spectacle. After dinner we wandered the mall and browsed for a while. Was tempted to buy a few clothing items as the strong AUD made prices very reasonable, but ultimately decided against it.

    Finally it was our turn to ascend the tower. Despite calling it "At The Top", it's actually only about 2/3rds of the way up, on floor 124 of 160-odd. But it's still very high, more like being in a plane landing than a tower. Took photos and had a nice long look around, slightly disappointed we couldn't see The World islands since it was night, but no matter. The view was amazing and the tower itself is one of the most awe-inspiring feats of engineering I've ever seen. Back down the amazingly fast lifts we went, into a taxi and back to the hotel at around 1am.
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  • Day1

    Dubai

    June 2, 2016 in the United Arab Emirates

    Well, the screaming child from flight one was back with a vengeance... I'm feeling a little worse for wear, but made it to Dubai! Movies on flight 2 were How to Be Single and Pocahontas (I tried my hardest not to sing along, but who can blame me with such gems as Just Around the Riverbend and Colours of the Wind?). I think I tucked away another couple hours sleep, but am hoping for a more peaceful flight to the final destination. I didn't get to see too much of Dubai Airport - my stopover on the way home is much longer so will have more time to explore. I said goodbye to my plane buddy, Tam, as we weren't seated together on this flight. Seated right behind the cockpit! OK, London - here I come!!Read more

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