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Diner in the Souq Madinat

Today was a very rare day, because I was out at night!
This normally don’t happen, because I have to work almost every evening. But because of lucky circumstances, this evening we showed a movie in the theater which I could semi-automate so I could go out with my friends. We decided to go in to the Souq Madinat, a completely rebuild old Souq, which was essentially another mall but a nice one.

So we had a wonderful evening full of Shisha and delicious Arabic food, a lot actually… 🙂

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Time for some sports… Snowboarding?

Today, on our almost last call to Dubai, we had a trip to the winter… not really, but for two hours. When you are in Dubai and your missing the snow, you just can visit Ski Dubai and have a ride! You probably already heard of this monstrous ski-facility located downtown Dubai. We did, and so we decided to give it a try how it is to snowboard in the middle east.

For me it had a bit of a challenge, because it was the second time I tried snowboarding… I know, totally lame. But I managed to get down somehow, a few times actually. After those two freezing (-5°C) hours full of falling and standing up we went out again into 30°C sunshine and took the famous Dubai automated Subway, which is a really sci-fy thingy, cruising through the skyline of Dubai.

 

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The Dubai Fountain

As we had every time an overnight in Dubai, so for some people there was the possibility to enjoy the nightlife of Dubai. So did I, but this time I had to work, so I send my camera on a voyage to visit the Fountain-Plays at night. Enjoy!


 

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Dubai seen from “On the top” of Burj Khalifa

Today we will go where we went in our first visit to Dubai, but this time we will go up on the viewing platform of the Burj Khalifa!

The journey is quite a walk and a bit confusing, because you enter the building in the basement of the Dubai Mall, where you have to start your way through alleys and escalators, getting darker and narrower every turn. After a few stops (with a bit of waiting) we arrived somehow inside the building in front of THE elevator to the top. Everything looks like being in a spaceship, so does the elevator do when we finally entered it and where being shot up on top of the world.

The panorama is just amazing… unfortunately you can not go really on the top of the building, the visitor platform is at the  124. floor, about 452 m, so you still have 376 meters to go, which makes the platform not the highest in the world… not this time, Dubai 🙂

But enough bla bla, enjoy the views! And as a new feauture, you can take a closer look in one of the panoramas, just click on the link, it will open a new window.

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City-tour through Dubai

Today we decided, because we are lazy, to do a Big Bus Tour again. This time through Dubai, where you can choose out of 4 different lines, we took the “beach and city” line, covering all the mayor shopping malls and big sightseeing-spots. Our plan was to do the other lines another day. This day will be in the future forever… but you never know 🙂

Our trip lead us to the Burj al Arab, The Palm with its 5 star hotel “Atlantis” where you can buy gold at an ATM, then to the Dubai Mall with the Burj Khalifa (we will visit that one later in this blog, all the way up to the top) and finally to another not so important shopping mall (still with hundreds of shops and brands, as the tour guide repeated quite often…).

Looks like quite a tour for a few hours, which indeed got a bit stressful at the end because of heavy traffic and the ticking deadline for returning to the ship…

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Dune Bashing time!

Hello there, next city next adventure!

This time its time to hit the dunes. We took some nice Off-road vehicles and went out to the desert of Dubai. There we started our adventurous and quite moving drive through some dunes where we met some camels to a little camp where we got some refreshments and a relaxing time for all those, who became offroad-sick… if you know what i mean 🙂

on our way back we encountered a fire on top of a skyscraper, quite impressive when you imagine how high those buildings are…

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Welcome to the Orient!

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Welcome back on the ship!This time, we start in a whole new area, the middle east. Its already been 4 weeks now since I arrived with a 30 hour day in Dubai, aprox. two weeks later I found the time to get of the ship the first time, and it was Dubai.

So how is Dubai? Hm, its just like in the TV, just bigger and even more richer. We went to the Dubai Mall, the biggest Mall in the World (the term “the biggest” will accompany us now more often). Its simply amazing and shocking how big it really is. And besides that, just around the corner is another “biggest” thing, namely the tallest skyscraper in the world, the Burj Khalifa. It its so high, that you almost cannot distinguish the the uppermost windows. And, its quite tricky to get it on a picture the full length… that produces quite funny moments, when people try that and get a person on it too.

Just in front of the Mall and the Khalifa is a big fountain, which is surrounded by the Mall and another, more classical oriental style Souq (Market). We decided to just do a walk around the fountain, which took already one hour (photo-stops included). During this walk, we were able to see the fountain-play, which is simply amazing. A really nice show with music and the fountains are synched to the music. wow. At night this show will be also illuminated, unfortunately, I never will be able to see it, because I always have to be back on the ship for show preparations.

But I hope, that the photographs you see down here will give you a view, how it was, walking between the tallest building and the biggest shopping mall. After this walkabout, I took a taxi and went back to our mighty ship.

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