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Day 3 of three days to explore Dubai


We headed out on the Big Bus Beach Tour – got off the bus hoping to get a great picture of the Burj al Arab – well we did, lots – but first we took this picture. Any shade is welcome in 100 degree sunshine!


Our kids say always take pictures with people in them – so here I am on the Jumeirah Public Beach (where there are loads of pretty sea shells!). Oh, and off in the distance is the most recognizable landmark in Dubai, built on a man-made island (something Dubai does a lot). The Burj al Arab is the world’s second tallest hotel (and only 7 star hotel) – see the heliport where that golfer guy who shall not be named hit a ball into the Arabian Sea?


We drove out onto Palm Jumeirah, one of the three artificial Palm Islands, with its luxury homes and apartments and monorail that runs through it right into the Atlantis Hotel.


The grand opening celebration of the Atlantis in late 2008 could be seen from the moon! The massive resort is billed as a hotel/shopping center/aquarium/water park/dophinerium.


Aha! They have discovered and here display for us the Lost City of Atlantis!


Okay, so this mall WAS the biggest mall in Dubai: the Emirates Mall. It has the world’s largest indoor snow park, with 5 slopes and a ski lift! The 242,000 square foot park is covered with real snow year round.


Inside Ski Dubai the temperature is 25 degrees Fahrenheit. We stood in the snow and tried to explain to a local man that our winter back home is just like this. He was totally amazed, and didn’t quite believe us!

Posted by Swenigale 06:17

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