30.04.2011 - 05.05.2011
Saturday we got treated to a pretty awesome experience! I think maybe you guys should check it out online it’s a little old hotel called Atlantis situated on the end of the palm! Wow man it was incredible. After checking in we went up to our room which over looked the open air aquarium filled with rays, sharks and fish. It was massive. Then we around the ‘lost caves’ which is a bunch of tanks with all kinds of different fish, fresh and salt water. It feels like we are constantly walking around with our mouths open (I’m not so good at looking like I belong around all the wealth!) So we got to chill out drinking Moet on our balcony watching sharks and rays while the sun went down, pretty special!
Then we went to Nobu a renowned Japanese style restaurant in Atlantis and had the most amazing meal, we had about 9 different dishes including sushi, sashimi, crab, the tastiest duck I have ever eaten and then dessert! Heaven! The most expensive champagne on the menu was just under $NZ4000... FOR A GLASS!!! But we were early to bed as we had a big day ahead of us on Sunday at the water park.
The water park consisted of heaps of mostly enclosed slides which you went down on tubes except for one which was called the leap of faith. Yeah so after a bunch of coaxing I agreed to give it a go. Sharon said she was going to take photos of us and I worked out later that it was a ploy so she didn’t have to go down. It literally felt straight vertically down and I had my eyes shut the whole way down because I was pretty scared, to put it politely. The boys enjoyed it so much they went again, I wasn’t so keen. Then we jumped on the double tubes and went a few more of the slides and it was even more fun flinging around and the whip lash I felt the next day was totally worth it!
Rach admiring the aquarium from our balcony
View of the aquarium below our balcony
The next few days were on the lazy side, while we caught up on sleep, washing and emails. We had a cool trip down the “creek” on a Dhow (boat) one evening followed by an awesome Lebanese meal at a restaurant on the river, the garlic sauce was pretty awesome!
On the Dhow heading up the creek.
We also had a cracker evening on an Arabian nights desert safari. It consisted of dune bashing which was awesome fun, skidding and bumping our way over some beautiful red sand dunes in the middle of nowhere. We then had a typical Bedouin BBQ dinner, went for a ride on a camel, watched a belly dancer and got some henna, all out in the middle of the desert. Then on the ride home out of the desert our driver gave us a bit more of a thrill by switching the head lights off on the car as we flung around some dunes. Man those guys know what they are doing!
Camel returning after its day of roaming
Just before our mini camel ride
First thing today we went up the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building at 828m. You can get up to the 124th floor (of 200) where there is a viewing platform. You can walk all the way around and a portion of the platform is outside. Lucky for me the height was a little surreal so my legs weren’t too wobbly. Looking down everything was so tiny!
Up the Burj
We were staying in the middle tower of the 3-tower complex, top left corner of photo
We are now getting ready to go for some Chinese, our last meal here in Dubai, before we come home and pack our bags. We fly out at 10am local time and head for New York where you will be hearing from us again.