Our first point of interest was the ski mall at the Mall of the Emirates. Why? Sometime ago, Yeye had asked us in all our many travel trips with him, why we had never taken him him to experience winter and snow. We told him frankly - we weren't sure if he could take the cold weather actually so we had always deliberately travel in spring or autumn and NEVER in winter. But going to a ski mall was fairly safe since we could take Yeye out if he could not handle the cold. It was -4 degrees at the ski mall. He enjoyed the ice sculptures and the cable car ride up. We took him out after 2 hours there. Yeye was glad to be in the warm again. We did mention that if he were in an winter scenario, he may not be able to get out of the cold so quickly.
|Yeye happy in the cold and properly attired|
|On the ski lift chair.|
|Jason and Yeye with Burj Khalifa in the backdrop|
|Burj Khalifa is the tallest structure in the world |
at 828 meters. The Dubai fountains are
also the tallest fountains in the world
|Fishes swimming behind me|
|Yeye at the Dubai aquarium|
|Note the distance from the Metro to the mall. |
We walked this distance 4 times.
|Yeye achieved a record number of steps walked |
due to the long distance between the
Red Metro line and the Dubai Mall,
|The camel and Yeye studying each other - |
Yeye with open mouth and the camel with nozzled up mouth.
|Desert safari in the setting sun|
|See the fine dunes in the sand. |
Desert safari use the term dune bashing sometimes
|Jason against a backdrop of sand dunes in the setting sun|
|Yeye had a very exciting camel ride.|
|Can you recognize the car makes?|
Joe then drove us to the Wave Hotel at Jumeirah Beach to view the Burj Al Arab. We enjoyed the sunset and the breezy wind. The Burj Al Arab is reportedly the most luxurious hotel in the world. Its sailboat shape is the icon of Dubai and there is a helipad at the top.
|The Burj Al Arab|
|The iconic sailboat shape of the Burj Al Arab with |
the helipad at its top.
|Yeye posing with the date palm|
|Satellite pic of the Bur Al Arab built again on reclaimed land.|
|Good friends bonding over great food|
|Some towers take on the shape of NYC towers|
|Yeye and his golden carriage|
|Atlantis Hotel lies at the outermost fringe of reclaimed land |
in the shape of a palm tree. The Burj Al Arab lies to its North East.
|We saw a replica of the glass art - originally from Seattle|
|Golden and opulent|
All too soon we had to get ready to fly home to KL. We left Byblos Hotel in the Al Barsha area for the airport.
|Yeye reminded us to take a pic of him with our pickup car.|
|Enjoying a meal before we board|
|Our long trip ends with this giant lovely lily bouquet in the lounge|