Monday, November 20, 2006


A quick recap on our travels:

We left home Friday at 6pm, took a quick flight to Zurich (only a 30 minute flight) and then waited there for about 2 hours before boarding a plane to Dubai. We got in at 6am local time, but our watches was saying 3am. That is pretty early, topped with a bad night sleep on a plane.

Dubai in one word is SURREAL. It seems to be building everything imaginable. They already have a ski resort set in a HUUUGGGEEE mall. The main road is 7 lanes (and still have traffic jams), the workers seems to be building 24/7 non-stop, the hotels are amazing and they are constructing "the world". Very good food (we had a lovely Lebanese meal and a nice Spanish one).

The Burj has dominated my camera, since it's such a photogenic building. One hotel has a marble driveway (yes, marble for cars to drive on). And plenty more things.

We definitely enjoyed our time in Dubai, although we were hit with a bad case of jetlag and my girlfriend had a cold as well. We will try to come again, to try the Wild Wadi, to go skiing, to shop at the Mall, and to enjoy all the hotels.

Even though it's is the Middle East, Dubai is very moderate. You can party and drink at hotels, although finding alcohol outside hotels is difficult. People are walking in any kind of clothing, from the cover-it-all to the almost-covers-nothing.

We left Monday at 2am and I was surprised to see the airport full of people at that time. It's like these people don't know what time it is, like a city that never sleeps. Maybe it will become the new New York, the new city that never sleeps.


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