We slept in a little then had breakfast in the Executive lounge. We upgraded to an executive room upon check in for 20 Dirhams (about $7). The room is similar but it gets us free internet and access to free tea, coffee, soft drinks & snacks 24 x 7.
After breakfast Ian went downstairs to see what touring options were available. We settled on a tour called Dubai top 5.
The tour was departing at 4pm and returning us at 9 pm. That gave us a few hours to finish our shopping so we set out straight away. Fortunately we found the last of what we were looking for by around 1pm. We had a coffee in the lounge and Ian went and bought a late light lunch and we had it in our room.
The tour took us to Jumeirah Road/Beach area where we did a 30 minute cruise in a traditional wooden boat along a 4km long man-made canal lined both sides with residential sky scrapers. The most remarkable thing is that the whole thing was completed in just 10 years.
The bus then took us to see the man-made islands shaped as a palm tree. The scale of the development is truly impressive as the outer breakwater is 14 kilometres long. It consists of apartments, villas and hotels and a monorail takes the locals to and from a multi storey car park at the base of the “tree”.
We then went to a vantage spot to photograph the 7 star, sail shaped hotel. Only guests are permitted inside. Then we headed to the Armani restaurant at the base of the Burj Khalifa tower for dinner. Our seats overlooked a lake with an impressive fountain show on the hour. We have a 2 minute movie but it was too big to upload here. Let us know if you want to see it.
After dinner we entered the tower and went up to level 124 for evening views from the observation deck. The tower is the tallest building in the world and stands 200 storeys high. The view was impressive but a daytime visit may have been better for photographs.
This will be my last blog entry. As I write we are about to leave our Dubai hotel for the airport for our trip home. We do look forward to our return after a month away. A selection of our Dubai photos are now uploaded. We hope you like them.
To those who have taken the trouble to read this, I thank you and hope you enjoyed it. Until next time....