The Palm Hotel
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... am still tired. I almost forgot - it is hot and steamy. The city looks like it's in a fog. I thought it was dust or smog. 6.00pm got a taxi to The Dubai Mall and went to the tallest tower in the world, Burj Khalifa which took 6 years to build the 160 levels. The lift took 77 seconds to get from ground to 124 where one walked the circumfrance, then I walked stairs to the next level. I didm't do dinner in the tower which I believe is further uo, one had to have a ...
... It was a fun place to eat - except it was overpriced (to be expected!) and the food was terrible (definitely NOT expected!).
It was almost 8:30pm when we raced out to see the fountains. They have shows every half hour and I couldn't remember if they finished at 9 or 9:30 (we were told later they go through until 11pm) and we wanted to see two shows - they have a few different ones each night. The first show we were quite a few people deep as thousands ...
... no need for dinner.
To wear off some of the food, we walked down past the Burj al Arab to the Madinat, a recreation of a traditional souk. It is really touristy, adjoining a couple of the big hotels, but it's fun to go have a look.
As with the taxi to brunch, on the way home Emma took us in a specific direction and pointed out the landmarks along the way. This time we went past the workers accomodation, a completely different ...
... Control. Only 2 staff were on in this area.
Then at Terminal 3 had to work out where to find the shuttle to the Premier Inn Dubai International Airport hotel which eventually came. By now it was an hour after touch down and oh how that bed awaited me.
... in to our hotel and then walked down to Zero Gravity for a night called Sun:Sets by Chicane (an old school DJ...think 'offshore, poppiholla, dont give up (the one with bryan adams), low sun' era! It was brill! The idea was you arrived as the sun sets (hence the name!) and he played a set that lasted into the night! It was a lot of fun and a really decent venue overlooking the sea! It's also the place where you can do skydives from....not me though!! :)