Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Dubai Part 3- Outdoor Hot Spots

So far I've displayed the inside of Dubai...the "fantastic plastic". However we did not spend all our time indoors. Despite the heat, we ventured out to explore some outdoor hot spots...

The Burj Al Arab hotel....the tallest hotel in the world, actually set in the Gulf, supposedly the only 6* hotel in the world, although I've heard that is self-proclaimed, in the shape of a sail it towers out over the Gulf and is an exquisite land mark.

The best view of the Burj came from a top the tallest, or maybe its the longest, free standing water slide outside of North America (one starts to mix up all the acclaims).....


Three of the Franzenfam made their way down it's slippery slope...care to guess which ones??

And probably my favorite was time spent at the beach. Swimming in the Persian Gulf was like swimming in a hot tub....


Dubai is actually a fairly common travel destination among South Africans largely due to Emirates cheap flights...South Africans go to "Dubai to Buy". Known for their gold, electronics, textiles, among other things it's a hot spot to shop. I can't say we found that to be true for the Franzenfam as all I came back with was American food products (sad but true) however we did take a gander at the local souks (markets).....


The best souk was the one built indoors as it was air conditioned. Dubai is an arid heat all year round.

We taxied by boat on the Dubai Creek.....


Took an arm at henna.....


Yes that is a scorpion on my son's arm.....glad the henna did not last very long.

Another favorite was experiencing the Arabian desert.....camel rides.....


And beautiful sand dunes.....



There are far more pictures I could post but I will spare you! At days end....



...it was a fabulous trip and we are ever so grateful for the many blessings making it possible.

Lordy, Lordy Michelle is 40...well almost...and was spoiled rotten!

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Heidi Jo said...

how many people will experience that in a lifetime? amazing! what has happened to sky? she looks like a young woman!! and you, my bloggity friend, look young and amazing!

happy travels.

Lisa H said...

Wow, beautiful! It really seems to be an incredible place. Glad you had a fun and memorable 40th! :)

Vern said...

Really neat pics. Hope you post them on Sanpfish for us. What was the most outstanding thing in your mind as you think about your trip.

Sohailah said...

Almost 40, my beautiful young friend. LOVED the sand dune picture AND the darling expression on Tori's face in the henna one. Also, Skyler's dress at the outdoor souk was cute! Ok, ok - they were all GREAT! Love it!