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Continued from Dubai Chronicles – Part 1….
The next day, we were out right in the morning. We had an action packed day planned for us 🙂
That’s the view from the monorail. Try and get a seat at the front of the monorail. The view is amazing…
At Atlantis, you have a lot to do. (And spend). It has an amazing water park where you can spend all day. It also has an in-house aquarium called – The Lost chambers. You need to see it to believe it. The sheer size of it, will make you spellbound.
Well that’s us, again 🙂
I am sure, you have noticed the shark, amongst other fishes. Oh yes, the aquarium also has sharks 🙂
Lost Chambers, is amazing. Though it is expensive, it is highly recommended. Go for it. You can even opt for a dive amongst the sharks.
This is that iconic water bottle, which we keep bringing back to our discussions, time and again. Reason?
Post buying the bottle and after currency conversions, we were shocked to realise that the bottle had costed us INR 650/- ( Almost USD 10 ). Well, with this money, we could buy 65 (1 litre) water bottles in India 🙂
Atlantis has some amazing restaurants and almost all these restaurants belong to some masterchef or the other, including one of Gordon Ramsey.
We happily decided to go for a falafel wrap at one of the small time shops inside Atlantis. Don’t ask the price….You know the price of the water bottle purchased from here 🙂
Go for Atlantis and Lost chambers. It’s a beauty worth admiring.
That’s how a monorail compartment looks from inside. No drivers!
This is That moment, when you are clicking the photo of your buddy going for a USD 1500 bag at Dubai Mall. 🙂
I know you can relate to my feeling inside. 🙂
Only a red velvet cheesecake from Cheesecake Factory can save the day after this 🙂
Post this, we headed towards Burj Khalifa!
We had booked ourselves a journey to the top of Burj Khalifa. The tickets were pricey and the walk up to the main lift which was approx 500 metres took about 2 hours.
This is the main lift. You stand in multiple files and wait till you are instructed to get into one of these. Time taken to get to 120th floor – only sixty seconds 🙂
The view from the top made me speechless. It was worth all the pain taken, to come up. The entire city along with a part of the ocean is visible. This is something you can’t miss.
I had a similar feeling when I had been on top of Petronas Towers at KL.
The chandelier….everything…….was so grand!
Oh…I somehow managed to get a click at the top 🙂
After spending some time at the top, we came down. The line was pretty long, and we finally managed to get ourselves into one of the lifts. The overall time spent in waiting was a round 3 hours in total. The time spent at the top was around 20 min.
Was it worth it? ….For sure!
We came down and got ourselves positioned facing the dancing fountains. Then, suddenly we realised, the show was happening behind us. We quickly turned our back to witness a show of epic proportions. I had to lie flat on the ground to get these snaps. It was an amazing experience beyond words!
The entire Burj Khalifa was getting lit up with different colours. I had never seen something like this ever, in my whole life. My eyes went moist. The sheer grand affair and the sheer beauty of this, made me thank God multiple times. I was grateful, he made me see this.
Please note, that this Burj Khalifa light show does not happen everyday. In fact, we were simply lucky to witness this on a Saturday. This happens at times on weekends and mostly on certain festivities, the best being at new year.
Want to check this out in video along with many more fun stuff? Check out this link…
The next day, it was time for me to hit the desert. I had booked a safari online. The driver picked me up on time and enroute there were multiple pick ups.
The landscape changed soon, as we moved out of the city, towards Sharjah.
This was the first stop where you could try your hands on these rides, on the desert. The stop was for half an hour.
That was our ride from Dubai.
As we moved on towards our final stop, the desert, the landscape had more sand to it. (note the sand deposits on the highway. Ensure, you avoid these sand heaps, else the tires might skid)
We stopped by the side of the highway. The driver informed us, that, now we would have to get into a 4×4 land cruiser. After, we got into the second car, something happened. This activity was known as “dune bashing”. We were driven at high speed on the desert sand dunes. The experience was amazing. People were screaming, shouting. The adrenaline rush was kicking hard. At times I felt, the car would over turn, but it didn’t. The drivers were extremely skilled. I came to know later that, these drivers had special licenses for driving these vehicles. By the time, we reached the safari tents, my heart was almost in my mouth!
Dune bashing is a part of the package. People wanting more of dune bashing can book packages where they do this for hours. But, beware. It requires a lot of physical fitness :). Simply hanging on to the handrails inside the car is tiresome and at times requires a lot of strength.
As the sun started to set, I decided to soak in the atmosphere and register my footprints on the sands of UAE.
This is how it looks inside the safari tents. They have seating arrangements. The center stage that you can see, is where, all the dances and events take place. They have arrangements for dinner. Overall, I liked the vibe.
The show started with a local dance relating to the Bedouins.
Then, there was a fire show…..
This was followed by belly dancing. Overall, it was good. Worth experiencing, at least once.
The package normally includes pick and drop from your hotel. Ensure, you opt a package which provides you this.
It was pretty late in the night, by the time, I got dropped at my hotel.
The next day was ear marked for old Dubai. Souq is a market place. I decided to head to dubai old souk and check that place out.
Main Tip – Dubai has the best of malls in the world. However, if you intend to shop, ensure you come at the old souk. You can bargain to some extent. I got the best of dates from one of the shops here at almost one fourth the price of duty free. The dates were sweet, meaty, juicy and succulent.
Dubai is a marketplace. Even in the old times, traders used to visit from Turkey, Persia, Africa, India and come over here to sell their goods. At the old souk, you get to experience the old Dubai. Prices are not cheap, but you can bargain.
These plates are from Turkey. Most of them are hand made. I was amazed at the detail of work. I carried some home. Must buy….in case you like Artifacts. In older times, people used to eat on these plates. Well, I use it for decoration only…:)
After exhausting all my money, I headed back to my hotel. My friend, with whom I had a gala time, had left for Riyadh and I had to change hotels.
In the evening, I headed towards another souk – The Gold Souk.
The sheer display sizes made me speechless. And none of these shops apparently had any security guards.
Later, I came to know that there was cameras everywhere and though police were not to be seen anywhere, they were positioned right at the market and would appear even at the drop of a hat.
With few more souvenir shopping, I headed towards my hotel. I was returning the next day morning.
In between the duty free shopping at DXB (Dubai International Airport), I happened to pass by this emirates stall.
Just ask for it, and you would get a free ice cream. Amazing taste and above all, amazing gesture.
Emirates is one airline, that I love to travel with. They make you feel really special.
Small gestures like these go a long way.
Overall, it was a wonderful trip. I look forward to going back to Dubai :))