Dubai

11 Oct

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Dubai is only a couple of hours down the road from us and with the temperatures now 10° or so cooler than when I arrived, i.e. upper 30’s, the Eid long weekend seemed like a good opportunity to spend some time there. Abu Dhabi may be the capital of the UAE but Dubai got a 30 year start on erecting its glass towers. Much of it is still a building site but what is already there is stunning. Home to the world’s tallest building and biggest mall, well, that’s just the headlines.

Some unashamedly personal pictures:

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The stunning waterfall inside the Dubai Mall. It cascades through several floors and some restaurants have tables next to it.

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A particularly posh end of the mall where all the designer names have stores. Even the cafe is Armani.

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More art work on a grand scale in the mall – thousands of birds feature in this one.

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Dubai Marina – not many liveaboard’s here!

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Ariel view of the Marina.

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And at night – great view to accompany a few cocktails before dinner. Living the highlife, literally.

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A couple of glasses of Prosecco the following night. Cool enough to spend some time outside at last.

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It’s not all high rises. Does this make anyone else think of the Beatles? OK, not really.

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2 Responses to “Dubai”

  1. malongoman October 13, 2014 at 8:21 pm #

    Another great blog and I need to pull my finger out with my writing. It’s a very strange place, a bit Flash Gordon. We went last year (first time I’d visited since the mid 80s). Very very weird and vulgar but after a couple of days we accepted it for what it was and enjoyed it 🙂

    • lamputts October 14, 2014 at 3:27 am #

      Someone I used to work with used to go to Dubai regularly for holidays. I couldn’t really understand it at the time but I can see how it can grow on you. There’s a real buzz and you can have a luxurious lifestyle for a lot less than in most European cities.

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