First couple of days
24.04.2011 - 26.04.2011 38 °C
The last day we had in Melbourne we went into the city and spent a bit of time down by the river on the south bank which is lined with cafes and street performers. There we met up with Lyn and Charlie and Shelley and Seb for lunch which was a few hours of great fun. From there we went up the Eureka tower which is the tallest building in Melbourne and has a higher viewing platform than our skytower. The view was incredible and it was a perfectly clear day.
From there it was time to pack up and get back into our sexy outfits and get on board for our 14 hour flight to Abu Dhabi.
We arrived yesterday at 6:30am and were picked up by Shaz and Mike and brought back to Dubai. We met up with Sue and Pres at about 10am and spent the day with them while Shaz and Mike worked. We caught up down by the Dubai mall which is of course the biggest in the world, and only a few minutes walk from where we are staying, and had a walk around. We saw very little of the mall itself but saw the famous aquarium inside which has the largest pane of glass for an aquarium in the world. The pane of glass is 33m long and 8m high.
Outside the mall is the Burj Khalifa which is the tallest building in the world at 828m. It is the most amazing building I have ever seen and can’t seem to take my eyes off it. (Luckily we have an unobstructed view of it from Shaz and Mikes’ apartment.)
After a bite to eat we booked a bus tour for the four of us which took us all around Dubai with a great view from to top deck of the double-decker bus. The buildings here are just unbelievable. At times we felt bad as we wouldn’t even give a building a second look, but if it was in any other city it would be a great landmark. It seems like no building goes straight up or has a square corner they all seem to be rounded, bulge out in the middle or do something special. There was one we saw which looks close to being finished, a four sided high-rise which does a 90° twist from floor level to the top.
It was great to get away from the city centre a bit as it gives you a better perspective on how tall the Burj Khalifa really is when you see it in the skyline next to the other massive sky scrapers.
On the bus tour we also got to see the famous Burj Al Arab which is the 7 star hotel, shaped like a boat’s sail. From there we drove out onto the palm island where the Atlantis Hotel is. I have seen pictures on TV and the internet of the island, but it was far bigger than I could have imagined. It goes 5kms off the coast and is 5km wide.
We arrived back at the mall just before 6 in time to see the fountain show outside the Burj Khalifa. They go every 15 mins and have different shows with different songs and are amazing especially when it gets dark and the lights come on.
We said our goodbyes to Sue and Pres and went out for dinner with Shaz and Mike and a few of their friends.
This morning Sharon, Rach and I went for a walk around a specially laid 4km soft running track which goes around the outside of a park. There were a lot of people out running including quite a few Arab women, dressed in their full burqas and running shoes!
Unfortunately I was misinformed in believing the average temperature here at this time of the year was around 26 °C. Yesterday was forecast for 40 °C and it felt like every bit of it. Today was just the same so we had to go to the beach and cool off in the crystal clear blue water.
Tomorrow we are crossing the border into Oman, where Shaz, Mike and Rach will do some diving while I keep things in check on the surface with my mask and snorkel. We are both really looking forward to it, as the diving there is supposed to be amazing.
Hope everyone is well back home and we will do another post in a few days
Dave and Rach.