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DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Day 3 of three days to explore Dubai

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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!

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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?

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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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