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Beyond My Comfort Zone
29th Oct 2017
Last Day in Dubai

No Alarm - but no lie-in

Having real trouble sleeping, my throat is getting worse and my ears hurt - it turns out servers of the others in the group are also unwell!! 

When I finally dragged myself out of bed I dosed myself up - I just have today then it home - I am so ready to go home.

I thought I would spend the morning up by the roof pool - no chance every bed had a 'towel' reserving it!!! - tried getting the free shuttle bus to the beach - no chance you have to book a day in advance!! So got a taxi - the driver made me laugh - he wanted me to bring him to England as my driver!!! He dropped me off at a nice beach - it was lovely- normally I am happy to lay on the beach but not feeling great so wanted to relax for a few hours on a sun bed under an umbrella - cost me over 20 quid !!  But it was nice to have a bit of a relax and a swim ( the sea was glorious) 

Come 2pm got a taxi back ready to meet my guide.  When I got back to my room got a call from my guide to say was it OK to bring  his wife along - 'OKAY' !!!

Anyway met them both in reception, Sam & Daria - both turned out to be lovely ( mind you I am paying for their time!!) he told me the plan - it would be about 5 hours and he would show me as much as possible.  So off to his car - (nice and air conditioned) 

First off to the monorail to Atlantis - it was great he knew exactly where to stand so I got the prime front seat (!) and it was great to get a birds eye view - he was pointing out all the landmarks and even David Beckham's villa !!! We had a stroll by the gulf sea and viewed the hotel from afar - the top suite apparently costs £24 k per night ( that does include breakfast!!!) 

Then we went to the marina to get an hours boat ride and see the sun set - again he sorted it all out and I had a running commentary of every building, it was fascinating and the wealth is unbelievable.  Got talking to an english couple who where off to Australia - they thought my guide was great and have booked him for their return leg!! 

We went to the world biggest shopping mall - The Dubai Mall, I wanted to see the Aquarium and the Dubai water Fountains- OMG - unbelievable.  I had been told about the aquarium but it is jaw dropping and until you actually see it you can't believe this is actually in the middle of a shopping mall.  I could not believe the number of different species, including sharks and rays - would have loved to have spent more time there.  There are apparently over 1500 stores over 4 floors - the guide did tell me it was a very expensive place to shop - good job I did not have more time because I think I could have done some serious damage to my credit card there! 

Then I went to the water fountain- again he knew exactly where I should stand to get the best view - it only lasts about 5 minutes but it was amazing - loved it!! 

More driving about then he told me my hotel was opposite another shopping mall that had an indoor ski slope- I asked him to drop me off there ( he did and showed me what exit I needed to get back to my hotel). Again this was huge - and yes there is a ski slope - you can ski, snowboard, toboggan and meet penguins - did not have time to go in but looked good fun.

Then back to my hotel - am absolutely exhausted and not had anything to eat - had a bit of trouble finding my way back but went in a local store and they pointed me in the right direction. Ordered room service (did not fancy going down for dinner on my own!) which was not good - it looked and tasted like airline food!! 

Home tomorrow being picked up at 8.45 for a mid day flight.



Next: Time To Go Home.
Previous: Dubai - so different and I nearly die!!


Diary Photos

On the beach!!

On the monorail

Atlantis

Atlantis

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Mind blowing

View from marina

Amazing architecture

Marina

On the boat

CANAN Tower - 90 degree twist - Amazing Design

Buildings around marina

Surrounded by magnificent buildings

Sunset

View from boat

Boat

Sunset on boat

Sunset

This will be the worlds largest Ferris wheel!!

View from boat

Marina

Amazing how narrow this building is!!

Building on marina

Marina

Marina buildings

New Mosque- beautiful

Burn Khalid's - tallest building!!

Light show

Light show

Light show

Aquarium

Aquarium

Aquarium

Aquarium

Boat trip

Boat trip

Boat trip

Boat trip

Boat trip

Boat trip

Boat trip

Walking to marina

Aquarium- Dubai Mall


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