United Arab Emirates
Aş Şafā

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  • Day29

    Maldives Day 13

    August 23 on the Maldives ⋅ ⛅ 40 °C

    We woke up on our last full day and headed straight down for our breakfast. I am going to miss the 3 course breakfast of cereal, omelette beans and toast then pancakes with syrup (although I am pretty sure my body won't)....

    After breakfast I had the strange idea of riding our rubber ring from our water villa into the shore. The thought was, I would end up somewhere close to the watersports place and could book paddle boarding up for that afternoon. Turned out after close to an hour of drifting in that general direction, and with sunburn starting to kick in, that I wasn't going to make it!! It ended with Gemma walking into the sea and calling me back in from playing like an angry mum!

    With the boxing not finishing until 330am local time I took full advantage of our lovely new villas daybed by laying in it for most of the day! We livened up for our paddle boarding at 3pm which was so much harder than the last time because of the choppier waters, we made if back to our water villa for some pictures and swam over plenty of stingrays on our way!

    We had a drink at the beach bar afterwards and then headed back to our villa to sit on the terrace until sunset - it was a perfect end to the trip!

    Our waitor Shiaan set up a lovely table for our last dinner and we said our goodbyes and got an early night, ready for a 530am start in the morning!
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  • Day31

    Dubai Day 2

    August 25 in the United Arab Emirates ⋅ ☀️ 38 °C

    After a long catch up on sleep for us both I set off to find a golf course and a haircut whilst Gem exercised and waited for our laundry collection....

    We ventured out that evening to Jebel Ali Village where my friends sister Alysha lives, she cooked and told us some things to see/do and it was great to get an insight into regular Dubai life... (also Ibn Buttata Mall which they lived next to was as close to a must visit as any mall can be)Read more

  • Day38

    Dubai Day 7

    September 1 in the United Arab Emirates ⋅ ⛅ 36 °C

    We started our day with a trip to the Tanzanian Embassy of Dubai, we naively thought they would be able to offer us some help/advice on our visa application but with the generic 'just look on our website' answers we might as well have been talking to robots!

    From there we headed to Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark, and with the local kids going back to school today it was perfectly quiet around the whole park!

    Theres little to no pictures from the day as Gemma, Phones and that much water are a recipe for disaster! But we did have the best time, without a single queue for anything we got to ride everything, most twice, and still managed to relax on their beach for the afternoon as well.

    The best (scariest) two rides were the 'leap of faith' an almost vertical straight drop and 'Poseidon's revenge' where you start standing on a platform which is pulled away and you free fall for a few seconds before continuing the rest of the slide.

    We got a taxi home and stayed local for our dinner. We found an Indian restaurant called Raju Omlet which had a cool interior designed to look like a local Indian street that served the nicest egg based Indian Dishes - we ate loads and payed £16 for the privilege, we'll definitely be going back!
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  • Day40

    Dubai Days 8-10

    September 3 in the United Arab Emirates ⋅ ☀️ 39 °C

    Last last few days in Dubai were a bit of a waiting game for our Tanzania visas to be approved. We were also trying to go easy on the spending as we were feeling the pinch from Greece, the Maldives & Dubai (not backpacking hotspots for a reason!!)

    We spent our time catching up on Netflix, going to the hotel gym and relaxing by the pool. It only took us a week to realise we actually had a pretty decent view of the Burj from our pool.

    Lucky for us the food options close to us were amazing. We made the most of cheap lunches / dinners (usually between £10-£20)!

    Raju Omlet - already mentioned but we visited 4 times in total, it was that good! We loved the spicey potato and egg rolls and sag aloo style dish.

    Mama'esh - Palestinian bread based restaurant with middle eastern style pizzas, humus, stuffed vine leaves and pomegranate salad

    Kamat - veggie Indian restaurant which also had delicious Vada Pavs!

    The highlight of the last few days was discovering that the world's tallest hotel was a five minute walk away which had a stunning top floor bar called Vault! The views of the city were so incredible that we went two nights in a row!
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  • Day2

    Fahrt in den Abend

    October 1, 2019 in the United Arab Emirates ⋅ ☀️ 36 °C

    Das erste Tour packet ist das Entdecker Packet. Da wurden wir heute gegen 17:00 von Hotel abgeholt und sind mit dem Bus in die "Altstadt" (in "" weil was ist schon in Dubai alt?) gefahren.
    Vorbei am Burj Kahlifa, the Frame über die 10Spurige Autobahn. Blitzer gab es hier jede menge, doch zum Glück ist der Busfahrer ganz vernünftig gefahren.

    In der Altstadt angekommen ging es in das Dubai Museum, wo die Geschichte Dubais in einem alten Gefängnis ausgestellt worden ist. Wie die Leute früher gelebt haben und wie sie ihr Geld verdient haben.

    @Sandra ich habe dein Hobby: Teure Autos fotografieren weiterentwickelt.
    Der Guide hat uns heute erzählt, dass manche für ihr Kennzeichen Millionen Euro ausgeben, da die Zahl darauf extrem klein ist (Zweistellig bzw Einstellig). Also teures Auto aus Dubai mit Kennzeichen mit wenig Zahlen drauf ist ein Sechser im Lotto : ) .
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  • Day12

    La Perle by Dragone

    January 5 in the United Arab Emirates ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Be in thorough astonishment as a cast of more than 60 world-class performers from Australia, Germany, US, UK etc, will effortlessly engross you into the realm of mystery and adventure, with their enchanting acrobatic and aerial feats, perfectly devised dance sequences, and stunning costumes. Scintillating live music, together with high end special effects as well as the artistic use of fountains and top-notch hydraulic lifts, adds to the show’s fantastical elements. Apart from this, it comes with the unique capability to convert the aquatic stage to a dry platform.Read more

  • Day35

    Areviderci Roma

    September 23, 2017 in the United Arab Emirates ⋅ ☀️ 40 °C

    Today we sadly bid farewell to Italy and indeed to Europe. Up and packed we breakfasted and arranged our shuttle to the station for 10am. We finished our packing somehow managing to fit everything into our bags and were ready to go at the appointed time. 10 minutes saw us at the station, we duly purchased our tickets and after a lovely time sitting in the sun we were on the train to Rome. 30 minutes later we were transferring to the Leonardo Express.. zip 32 minutes later we were at the airport. Having completed the online check in we could skip the line and drop our bags in a matter of minutes. We then had over 3 hours until boarding... no matter.. there was plenty to do.
    We browsed the duty free (I bought some squidink pasta and make up and Kirstin a few last minute gifts). We sampled perfumes and beauty products, I had my make up done and drank wine, Kirstin ate some dumplings and then we enjoyed one last gelati. Finally it was time to board... finding our way to tailgate involved a trip on a people mover and by the time we got there it was pretty much straight on board.
    Settling into our seats (68F & G... boy the Airbus 380's are whopping great planes) we were soon enjoying a selection from the 534 movies on offer (plus TV, music and podcasts), wine and then a meal, more wine, hot beverages.... etc etc there are benefits of flying Emirates!!!
    It was about 1130pm local time when we landed in Dubai after a really quite tolerable 6 hour flight. Dubai airport is insane, massive, high tech and totally OTT. we somehow missed our pick up having made our way rather quickly through all the disembarkation processes. Non-the-less with some assistance, found our way to the appropriate office and we're soon heading to the car. Walking out of the airport after midnight and into a humming city and 36 degrees was a bit of a shock, as we're the bright lights and interesting driving (Kirstin was wondering if there was something wrong with the cars accelerator!!!!).
    We were soon at the hotel, much to our exhausted relief... it had seemed a very long day! And what a lovely place it seems to be.. apparently it is the tallest hotel in the world, it certainly seems to have all the bells and whistles, but really at this point all we cared about were that the beds were amazingly soft and comfortable..... sigh!
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  • Day12

    La Perle by Dragone

    January 5 in the United Arab Emirates ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Set within The Atrium, La Perle Dragone is conducted in an inimitable 1300-seater aqua theater occupied by more than 2.5 million liters of water, making it the region’s first water-based permanent show. Yes, you can expect to spectacle an unforgettable performance involving a blend of highly imaginative and heart-stopping actions – all staged in, on, and even under the water. Despite a western-influenced show inspired by Las Vegas’ La Reve and the House of Dancing Water in Macau, it seamlessly captures the real Arabian spirit, thus giving an extraordinary twist to this aquatic entertainment.Read more

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