DAY 3 of 4: Dubai
Dubai was something else entirely. You definitely know you aren’t anywhere near home anymore! You kind of fancy that you’re in an Aladdin movie, especially as you’ve just seen orange desert and a few camels from the plane as you were flying in – it was so awesome! It was the first time I had ever seen desert – it was so foreign compared to the GREEN that is New Zealand. Also, it was the first time most of us had ever seen a camel, so as you can imagine there was much excitement!
The heat is the first thing you register as you get off the nice, air-conditioned plane and onto the tarmac, though. It was HOT. Hotter than Darwin. And my face instantly turned into a tomato. But it was a dry heat which did make it somewhat more bearable.
It was crazy to think that we were so close to all these famous landmarks – like the world’s tallest building – and driving through streets you only see pictures of in travel books. Dubai is seriously amazing at engineering. The whole skyline is composed of tall buildings in constant competition, it seems, with the ones next to them. The designs are incredible and logic-defying. And there is sooooo much glass – everything reflects and shines brilliantly. We had the thought that you’d earn a lot of money being a window-cleaner in Dubai…if you didn’t fall to your death down a million stories within the first few days, that is.
A desert sunset is something to behold. Absolutely breathtakingly beautiful. (So much so that I had to take several photos even though my eyes were melting out of their sockets as a consequence of the sun’s brightness…) It’s hard to describe but the desert beauty certainly competes with that of the skyscrapers on the horizon.
The markets in Dubai are an experience I don’t think you’ll ever find elsewhere – overwhelming! (Of course, I had to buy myself some souvenirs at the markets, consisting of a mini Aladdin lamp, mini Aladdin shoes and a mini camel ornament…all of which now sit on the Dubai section of my souvenir shelf!)