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DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Three days to explore Dubai

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We ended the 4th segment and started the 5th segment of the World Cruise here in Dubai. We were docked for 3 days and 2 nights, much longer than we usually have in which to explore a port city. We hit the ground running, using the hop on hop off bus to the max!

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Dubai is now home to the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa (known as “Burj Dubai” until Sheik Khalifa from Abu Dhabi bailed them out recently). The tower was designed by an American architect. This was our first glimpse of it as it caught the sun through the morning haze.

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Sunrise over Dubai.

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We were docked next to the Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2), which Dubai bought for eventual conversion into a luxury hotel.

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Our official landing card.

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Not your average sign post. It is located in the “World’s largest mall”, the Dubai Mall, which has 1200 stores and a full sized ice skating rink. Dubai is trying to set itself up as the premier vacation destination in the world by having the biggest, tallest, grandest everything!

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The Burj (which means tower) is not yet opened to the public – maybe they’re still washing the windows! It takes 3 months to do them all.

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In case someone doesn’t know who is in charge here, you can’t miss the posters of fearless leader and his prime minister.

Posted by Swenigale 04:05

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