Day 20 – Monday, October 31st, 2011
Today was one of the warmest days we’ve had all trip. 36 degrees! It’s difficult to find clothing that will cover us while still keeping us cool. The terminal in Dubai was very modern and beautiful. One of the first terminals to offer free WIFI too.
First stop on our tour was at the Mall of Emirates. This was one of the most extravagant malls we have ever been to. The mall had valet parking and the parking lot was full of luxury cars.
The city streets were very clean. There wasn’t much to see from a landscape perspective as the land was very bare. However, there were many high rise glass buildings.
Dubai was definitely the most modern place we have stopped so far. We wandered the mall and did a lot of window shopping. We stopped by to see the indoor ski hill. It was funny to see them selling ski wear and gloves, the temperatures even inside the skiing area were still pretty warm. Very different then the temperatures we get in Canada!
After our stop at the Mall of Emirates we went to the Burj Kalifa. The Burj Kalifa is currently the tallest structure in the world. They started building the Burj in 2004 and didn’t finish it until 2010.
The entire structure was covered in glass. When we entered the base of the building we saw a directors chair and Tom Cruise’s name along another chair. They had just finished filming a part of Mission Impossible at the Burj.
The base of the building was intended to look like a flower. The structure was beautiful. We were ushered in to the elevator with about 15 other people. The elevator was covered in black glass. We travelled up to the 124th floor. The elevator was so fast. We wandered around the outdoor patio to take in the breathtaking views from the lookout point.
After leaving the Burj, we toured a Mosque. The grounds were landscaped to perfection. It was very peaceful.