Day 20 Dubai
Trip Start Feb 08, 2013
24Trip End Mar 01, 2013
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Our last full day of this wonderful holiday before travelling back to Chester on Friday!
We've got our bearings properly now - sickening to realise we wasted money getting taxis to places only a couple of stops away on the Metro! The Dubai Metro is quite simple - two lines only. Nearest station only 5 minutes walk from hotel!
We were absolutely bowled over by how shiny and immaculate these stations and trains are. (See pic) - we later learned there are heavy fines for eating sleeping or littering inside - and heaven only knows what would happen to someone caught doing graffiti! You wait on the platform and the track is all fenced in with glass windows and doors which only open when the train is stationary. There's only a couple of centimetres of a gap between train and platform - so no way people could jump onto track
We got ourselves down to the Creek area where the souks are - and wandered around the Spice souk in particular. I toughened up about my discomfort at ignoring shopkeepers "friendly" conversational openers and just walked past because you just can't be answering every "Where you from?" question that comes at you!
Bought some saffron - and some Macadamia nuts (and especially big pine seeds for you Erin!)
Mick got himself a new camera - having researched home prices and various quotes here.
Then we took the Metro to the Dubai Mall - one of the biggest here ( 50 football pitches would fit inside!) They have every conceivable store - including M+S, Bloomingdales, Galleries Lafayette, lots of British High Street names and its just a Mecca for Materialism!
We went into see the Dubai aquarium with the worlds largest viewing panels - amazingly close to sharks and stingrays and a host of exotic fishies! They also had an underwater zoo there with otters penguins etc..
Another thing they have is an Olympic size ice rink!
We had lunch in the food court - it took a while just to walk around that bit! Food from every continent and culture (Mick chose Japanese and I chose Tex Mex!) We don't like food courts generally as they are so noisy - but we were starving and didn't want to be spending a fortune!
Wandered out of the most exclusive part of the mall (carpeted and home to the Designers like Versace / Jimmy Choo / Cavalli. Etc - (who wears this stuff anyway???) - to sit at the Dubai fountain area and crane our necks looking up at the Burj Khalifa (something like 830 metres and 164 floors) An incredible space agey spike of steel and glass. You can go up to the top in the worlds fastest lift (in about a minute!) - but we didn't!
The enormous fountain "dances" every half hour in the evenings but unfortunately we didn't time it right for that either!
In the evening we had booked another bus tour to see the Dubai skyline at night. What a sight - each landmark building has its own neon display - its incredible. We stopped to take in a "sons et lumiere " display on the side of the Egyptian themed "Wafi" mall - this was magnificent!
All in all we loved Dubai - It looks like it will be a strong contender with the US for all round holiday experiences - they dream big here!