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Saturday, 24 September 2016

Day 11 - Back in Dubai

It’s always strange coming back to Dubai. Lots change over the course of a year, the city expands, buildings get taller and yet it’s all so familiar to us. We are definitely creatures of habit, returning to the same hotel for the 4th year in a row. It’s perfectly located some 10 minutes drive to the airport, beside the metro and 5 minutes by car to the Dubai Mall. Yes there are hotels with their own beaches (but they are in the middle of nowhere). We love this place and they know us now. It’s very comfortable and very well situated.




Technically it’s our second day in Dubai, but our first morning. We arose around 10am for the famous Crowne Plaza breakfast. It’s like a tour of the planet in one room. Food from every continent is provided, plus the mix of nationalities makes it great to people watch!


Our usual routine here is breakfast, then hit the pool, laze in the shade (as it’s almost 40 degrees outside you can’t sit in the direct sunlight) before spending some time in the gym burning off those few lbs we’ve put on eating our way around Hong Kong! 




After that we like to head to a mall. Here in Dubai you can’t walk about the streets, it’s too warm. They don’t even have footpaths. Everyone drives, everyone goes to malls. The Malls aren’t like those back home, they are designed to be cities themselves. A place to gather, to wander, to get lost, to eat, to play etc. All done in the coolness of air-conditioning. 



We spent time at The Mall of The Emirates, home to the new Abercrombie Store (including the worlds only A&F Fragrance Store) and Apple Dubai - both only opened in the last few months. This mall is also home to an indoor ski slope!


On the way home we popped into the Dubai Mall, our personal favourite as it’s just SOOOO big. 




We managed to catch the famous dancing fountain show - which never fails to impress. 




Another favourite of ours, Waitrose, is located in this mall. We dropped on by to pick up some food for the hotel (as we’ve a little kitchen etc).


It’s great being back in Dubai - it’s a slower pace here. We loved Hong Kong, but it’s good to get some time to relax before heading back to work.








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