What a strange place. We arrived in Dubai at 6am local time after a 15hr flight overnight. It was very hazy - as was I. I probably slept an hour of the whole flight. Kate faired a little better than I in the sleep department though only a little.
We got to our room and showered and headed out for the day, and with our eyes hanging out of our heads we were clear targets for being ripped off by every taxi we caught.
Everything in Dubai is on a large scale but has very little charm to the place. The haze that severely limited our view and filled our lungs with dust probably didnt help.
Our first stop was Ski Dubai. Set inside one of their massive shopping centre, it didnt open until 9am and we were there by 8. Kate chose not to snowboard, and i chose to go without gloves. Poor decision. On my first run i had to adjust my binding in -3 degrees. After an hour of hitting the slopes i decided that i couldnt feel my fingers sufficiently enough to call it a day.
We stopped by the Burj Al Arab (Sail building) but were only allowed to the gate on the mainland a couple of hundred meters from the building.
Next we went to the shopping centre where the Burj Kalifa is located. We spent a few hours here wasting time till we were booked to head up to the viewing platform. The shopping centre has the worlds largest indoor fish tank and the largest dancing water fountain out the front.
The Burj Kalifa was a clear standout, no pun intended....
It stands at over 800m tall and is very impressive. We went to the viewing deck on level 124 which is only 2/3 of the way up and everything is still dwarfed. It did really show that Dubai is only a half finished city though. The road infrastructure is complete everywhere but there are massive empty blocks everywhere and construction on many more.
We were glad to check it all out but happy enough to not go back until my net worth is over 10 million so i can take advantage of all that Dubai offers.
Now another 7hr flight....
Check the photos here