Al Sharq Hotel
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... up but so far so good! Except for yucky self indulgent brats sitting next to Marky who screamed most of the trip and spewed twice! Mark spilt chilli sauce on his pants right in the crutch!!! It looked like poo! I laughed till I cried it was a comedy of spillages on the trip. Arrived safely in Dubai temp. Over 40 degrees. We explored the Dubai Mall- glitz capital!!! Had a nice meal then early to bed. ...
... of broken sleep, to really make a dent in this waiting time.
I tried to charge my phone, so I didn't have to ration battery life quite so much. Ironically, for a place called Sharjah, none of the charger sockets worked! My laptop still had plenty of battery, so I decided to watch the Men Who Stare at Goats. This time, I did not have any company!
I was starting to get a bit restless now, so ended up doing a few circuits of the small airport to ...
... taken by the guide.
Dubai has 2.3 million residents, 80% of which are foreigners. It's not easy for foreigners to get citizenship. Men married to an Emirati cannot get a citizenship; foreign women married to an Emirati would have to have 3 children before becoming eligible for citizenship. Emiratis marrying each other gets $30,000 from the government. Foreigners can only buy leasehold property, good for 99 years.
... we didn't stay long. Dubai seems to be on a mission to have the tallest, longest, biggest and most expensive of everything. Supermarkets are massive and filled with the most expensive brands of things at ridiculous prices. People who work here must get paid a fortune, except for the cheap labour which seems to be used on the never-ending building sites. Anyway, considering we had had an overnight flight and then a full day in Dubai, we packed a fair amount in to our first day of the ...
... to begin a self-guided 'New Dubai - Skyscraper City' tour I found on an app. The Ibn Battuta Mall is the worlds largest themed mall. It was amazing! The coolest mall I've ever visited. It has themed areas such as: Egypt displaying Islamic architecture, Tunisia based on an Arabic market place, Andalusia with a lion fountain, India with a life sized elephant centrepiece, Persia had a intricately painted dome and China as the the entertainment zone. ...