Monday, August 07, 2006

 

Dubai (United Arab Emirates – 3-5 August)

Hi all,

The last chapter of a fantastic holiday was Dubai. What a huge weekend. Unfortunately it didn’t start off that well, being held up in London for an extra 3 ½ hours meant I didn’t make it to the hotel until around 1 am. However the enthusiasm was back once I arrived and caught up with everyone.

The first beer for Friday came at 9.30 am while enjoying a swim in the pool. It had a swim up bar which was perfect. It certainly wasn’t too early for a beer that’s for sure. It was then off to ‘The Burj’, a 7 star restaurant in the Burj-al-Arab on the 27th floor. It had the most amazing view. The food was unbelievable. We ate and drank there for nearly 3 ½ hours. The bill for 7 of us came to nearly 3700 riyals, or roughly $1400 AUD. It was, without a doubt, worth every cent. We all loved.

That afternoon we spent a few hours laying on the beach at the hotel, trying to let the food digest. It was very relaxing. Nath and I then headed to the Autodrome to do some high speed go-carting. You can get the carts up to 30 kms an hour. Unfortunately when we arrived, it was closed due to track maintenance. They made this decision after they emailed Nath and told him we would be able to drive. Very poor effort on their part, then again, it could have been a safety measure so I probably shouldn’t be so critical.

Instead we went snow skiing at the indoor snow centre. It was great fun. I managed to take out both myself and some poor bloke standing there talking to his girl friend. I am proud of the effort, lucky he wasn’t hurt, I certainly got up a bit gingerly. It was great fun. We met up with Lewi and Mary on the slopes. Mary was a bit rusty at first, but endedup carving up the snow like a pro. Lewi was great right from the start. Unfortunately for Nath and I it took a lot longer. Nath had never snow boarded before, but after some practice managed to get it down pat. Thankfully for all of us we all walked away with no injuries, just a few big bruises and some great stories.

It was then back to the hotel to get ready to head out. In the end we didn’t make. After a few drinks we all decided to stay in. We still had a great night, can’t guarantee we will be invited back to the hotel though.

My last day away, and our last day in Dubai, was spent at Wild Wadi, the most awesome water park I have ever been to. The water slides were awesome. They have fast rushing water which pushes you up the slide instead of down, which is really cool. Although some of the rides aren’t for the faint hearted. If you are claustrophobic then perhaps a few of the rides aren’t for you, however there is enough exciting stuff there to really enjoy yourself. We all had an absolute ball.

After far too many hours out in the sun we headed back to the hotel for a final few beers and to pick up our bags. It was then off to the airport and back to the land of sand.

This ends a fantastic holiday, filled with so many stories, memories that will last forever, and photo’s that will stand the test of time, reminding me of the fantastic 3 ½ weeks I spent in London, Amsterdam, Oslo, Glasgow, Loch Ness, Edinburgh, Ireland and Dubai. 6 new country stamps in the passport, hundreds of photo’s and thousands of memories and stories to hold on to for years to come.

Now it’s back to work and back to reality.

Land of Sand here I come.

Ciao for now.

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