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... she would have access to the hand rail. Mum reports that for the entire train ride, this woman was squeezing Mum’s arm in an attempt to get her to let go. I don’t think she succeeded in getting Mum to let go. Having arrived at the correct station for the Mall we got off the train and continued on our way.
The Metro station was a bit of a hike from the Mall, however we were assisted most of the way by several long and quite fast travelators.
The Dubai Mall ...
Made it safely through Dubai Airport. Although it was weird getting a train from the A380 terminal to the baggage area. It then took me about 20 minutes to get the slot for SIM cards open on my iPhone! Everyone speaks English which is nice.
Met Cees & his maid Mary. 85% of the population here are not locals. ...
... clear blue sky, with the peaceful, hypnotic sound of the Gulf waves lapping gently onto the shore - the joys! Won't be doing much worth blogging about today but we have booked to visit the top of Burj Khalifa, the tallest building on earth tomorrow - that should be good! On the trip we will have been at the top of the highest building in the Southern Hemisphere, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the tallest building in the world and the highest pub on the planet - not a bad dent in the bucket ...
... pastime. Our hotel happened to be behind what I think I read is the largest shopping mall in the world, but when we arrived there at 6.30 to find breakfast, nothing was open. Dubai is not a 24 hour city, it wakes at ten and shops until 1am. As our room was not ready at this early time, we dumped our bags and then thought we would walk to the Burj al Arab. Dubai is not a city for pedestrians. When we asked how far it was ( even though we could clearly see it from the shopping mall) ...
... lunch at the oasis and then proceeded through the mountains on dirt roads and crossing various wadis (streams). There were a few spots on the road where rockslides had occurred and we were told that the tours were not conducted after rain periods because of the danger of the slides. The mountains were rugged and very striking and minerals including copper and iron pyrites could be easily seen scattered ...
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