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One More Stop to Dubai Mall Before Heading Home

Before boarding the plane and saying goodbye to Dubai, we went back to Dubai Mall to meet up with Nduku and Mutethya’s cousin Nyiva. I can’t say enough about how huge this mall is. At 12.1 million square feet, it is the world’s largest mall in total area. One thousand and two hundred stores alone is more shopping...

Getting Away to Fujeirah and the Rest of the Country

As our trip draws to a close, what better way to top what we’ve done so far by getting out of town? Dubai is but one of seven Emirates, but by no means does Dubai represent what the UAE is like in general. Friday would be a day we saw the rest of the country. But first, we got something to eat at Burger King. Bean Royale anyone...

Burj al Arab, Heritage Village, The Souks in Deira, Atlantis The Palm, Global Village — So Much To Do in One Day in Dubai

The day started with a quick trip to the store, but there’s nowhere in Dubai where there isn’t something to gaze at. One of the world’s most recognizable skyscrapers has been duplicated in Dubai, then duplicated right next to it. Not only does Dubai have two buildings styled after the Chrysler Building in New York, they...

Our Day Trip to Abu Dhabi, UAE

You know, I used to think that the United Arab Emirates was a part of Saudi Arabia. Seriously. I thought it was a special part of Saudi Arabia set aside as a tourist destination, free from the Wahhabi influence from the main, uh, desert. I mean, who names a country UAE anyway? Then again, we are the USA, huh? But the UAE is an actual...

Strolling Through Emirates Mall in Dubai

Since Nduku’s sister and brother-in-law had to work, they got us tickets for the hop on hop off Big Bus tour so we can get a little taste of everything Dubai. We caught a cab to Emirates Mall where the indoor ski slope is. Normally the thrill seeker in me would want to experience it, but something about spending the entire week in...

Najwa Running Around After the Dubai Creek Cruise

After we debarked from the hour-long cruise in Dubai Creek, we had a little time to wait until The Big Bus came back through. Najwa, forced to sit still for an hour, was ready to spread her wings and fly. Every time she got a chance to run around, we were boarding another bus. And another. And another. So, what the hell, we just let her...

Our First Journey Into The City of Gold — Dubai

With so much to do but a whole week to get it done, we spent our first real day out and about on The Big Bus. Every big city has them. The hop on hop off tour buses which take you from one site to the next and gives you a true snapshot of what a city has to offer. We started our tour at Emirates Mall, but with an entire city to explore...

First Moments Out on the Roads of Dubai

We finally headed out to explore the city. My goodness was I in for a big surprise. Expecting this exotic land tucked away in the corners of Arabia, I was waiting for the sounds, smells and sites of a foreign land. But I can’t explain how normal I felt. Not only because essentially the majority of the people are also foreigners...