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DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Three days in the sun then landing back home in Brisbane at 7.00am on 9 December

sunny 27 °C

We are now on the home bound leg of nearly four months of travel.DCD51B8B0F9C7B97B64D3940902EE347.jpg

Our hotel is the Radisson Blu Deira Creek. We are in Baniyas Rd which is close to the Gold and the Perfume Souks.
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Here are some pictures we took from our room at the Radisson Blu Deira Creek.
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View of Dubai Creek taken from our balcony
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Cruise Dhow on the creek
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Same view at 9.00am Saturday morning
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Dhows tied up along the Creek

After breakfast we headed off to the Gold Souk and the Perfume Souk to have a look around. most of the jewellery is far too ornate for our taste.
Here are some pictures of Dubai and the tallest building Burj Al Khalifa.

Burj Khalifa is a skyscraper in Dubai and its is the tallest man-made structure in the world, standing at 829.8 m.

Construction began on 21 September 2004, with the exterior of the structure completed on 1 October 2009. The building officially opened on 4 January 2010, and is part of the new 2 km2 development called Downtown Dubai at the 'First Interchange' along Sheikh Zayed Road, near Dubai's main business district. The tower's architecture and engineering were performed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill of Chicago.
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Burj Al Khalifa is the tallest man made structure in the world.
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Down town Dubai

In the afternoon we were picked up at our hotel to go on an Arabian Safari. This involved dune bashing, BBQ dinner and Arabian entertainment. We didn't realise the ride out to the desert in a four month old Landcruiser would be the fastest we have ever had on four wheels.
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The meeting area where we change from one Landcruiser to another. The next Landcruiser is fitted with roll bars. The one we got out off did not though we did some cruising at 200kph on the freeway.
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Flying up and down sand hills
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Still as the sun goes down
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Following a Hummer back to our evening's entertainment
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Camel rides for those who wanted to give it a go.
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Nearly all Landcruisers -there was a lone Nissan there.
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Entertainment centre - lots of food and loud music
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Oh, and a belly dancer
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And a whirlwind Dervish
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Buildings back in Dubai have been illuminated to celebrate the 43rd National Day of Unification.

Sunday was a sunny top of 28 degrees Celsius. We used the excellent Metro system. The trains are driverless and the stations are ultra modern and clean. Everything here is air conditioned, even the bus stops.

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Bus stops all are air conditioned
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Metro entrance at Al Fahidi
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Metro station at Union

We visited the Dubai Museum which is located in The Old Fort at Al Fahidi. It is the oldest building in Dubai and was built around 1787.
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Dhow outside the fort
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Signage at the Dubai Museum
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Remnants of the old city wall
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Wall and one of the towers of the old fort
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Entrance to the fort
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Old British cannon at the fort
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Display in the museum of a spice and herb shop
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Jewellers shop
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The Museum has some excellent displays and dioramas

In the afternoon we caught the Metro to Al Khalifa and Dubai Mall. Dubai Mall is the largest shopping centre in the world with 1200 shops.
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Dubai is a hive of building activity. This picture was taken as we travelled on the overland section of the Metro.
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The Metro stations has air conditioned tunnels connecting buildings
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We walked along overhead connecting tunnels like this from the Metro to Dubai Mall. In all we walked along eight travellaters each of about 100 metres in length - a total distance of about 1.5km , all in air conditioning.
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The 30 acre lake at Dubai Mall has a fountain and light display.
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The world's biggest shopping centre has the world's tallest building there as well, the Burj Al Khalifa
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The waterfall
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Ice skating rink
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The Souk - new shops in a traditional setting inside the mall.
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The Aquarium has the lot - sharks, stingrays, crocodiles etc

We had high tea at our hotel and then a late dinner. We leave in the morning for our 14 hours and 15 minute flight back home in Business Class (we upgraded using my air miles).

We arrived home this morning at 6.40am. Here is the homecoming.
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Our Living the Dream adventure started 112 days ago. If you have been following our blog, thank you for sharing the sights and unforgettable memories.

Posted by Kangatraveller 16:33 Archived in United Arab Emirates

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