Trip Start Feb 19, 2010
22Trip End Apr 27, 2010
Next day, after preparing a pic nic for lunch, we are off to Wild Wadi (www.wildwadidubai.com) one of those crazy waterparks. It was located right in front of the Burj Al Arab, the one and only six star hotel in the world. Every room comes with its private butler...weren't allowed in to have a look!!!! I guess we didn't look much like the average guests there!!!! Pic nics were not allowed at the pool and we had to leave our stuff at the Lost and found (in a fridge, though!!!). At lunch time we got out of the pool park to have our pic nic but couldn't find a nice shady place to sit down...ended up in an airconditionned bus shelter!!!!!! Went back to the pool where Mathilde and Michael went down a slide at 80km/h....Had a great day at the pool!
Next day we decide to see some of the "real" Dubai...only 5% of people living in Dubai are real Emiratis, the rest are expats and "cheap"labor, mostly Iranians and Pakisanis
Next day Michael is going for a 40 minutes flight over Dubai and makes tons of pictures. Dubai is most interesting seen from above, the Palms, the World, the buildings, etc...Speaking of the buildings, all constructions have stopped, not a single crane is moving...no more money! The locals are quite happy, it's quieter, less noise!!! In the afternoon we go on a desert tour, very touristic thing but king of the only way to really see the desert. We get in a 4x4 and head to the desert. Have to stop at the entrance in order to decrease the pressure in the tires and then go what they call dune bashing....well, it's worth all the rides in Europa Park, Six Flags and Disney combined!!!!!
The Emiratis were originally Bedouins, living in the desert but even the ones not sharing the local wealth are now sedentarised. They still have camels all over the place for their milk, meat and racing!
After the dune bashing we get to a kind of camp (very Disney World style!) in the desert where several activities are offered : camel rides (Amélie went like 10 times!!!), henna tattoes, sandboarding (snowboarding on the dunes), belly dancing etc...the girls loved it and I must say, eventhough very touristic, it was lots of fun!
Last day we decide to go to another of those water parks..Atlantis it is called, at the end of the Palm Jumeirah. Theres a slide where go through a huge aquarium, so you're sitting on your tube, admiring rays, fishes and sharks...just great! Lots of fun slides!
At night we go for our very last dinner...everybody is now very conscious that tomorrow night we are sleeping in our own beds..the girls are looking forward to seeing their friends but Michal and I would be ready to travel 3 more months...we could....the girls are not going to be missed at school...but well, it has to end some time anyway
Now we have to get back and pack our bags for the last time....pffff, not fun. Didn't think it would be so hard going back home. It's a strange feeling, not like coming back from a vacation. Somehow when you go on vacation you know that in two or three weeks you get back, but when you go so long you lose track of time and reality (at least our reality) and just live along, your only worry (actually more Michael's) being where ad what to eat tonight!!! It feels like yesterday that we went and on the other hand it feels like a lifetime...can't imagine who people travelling for a year or more feel when it's time to go back home. Met several families with children travelling for 12 to 18 months! I don't know how they do it, budgetwise....they most probably don't stop in Dubai!!!! We calculated that our 5 days in Dubai were as expensive as our 4 weeks in Laos!!!!!!!!! But it as worth it, seeing it!
Anyway, I guess this is my last entry....until I start our new blog, probably in 2012 (need to save money!!!!!!!!).