24.08.2012 - 27.08.2012 40 °C
It’s our 44th Wedding Anniversary so what better way to celebrate than a trip to Europe. Left Rachel’s at 11PM so that we can be early to get the exit rows. Arrive at the airport 3 hours before boarding but still miss out. These others must be in the know. We get ticketed through to Dubai. Anyway not all bad we get to spend 3 hours at Tullamarine. Rach has organised lounge passes through her Amex, turns out they use United’s lounge which is only open 10AM to 1PM. Not to worry we will have supper at Café Vue, well they close at Midnight. This is not a good start, anyway good flight to KL. I have three travelling companions, Rae, Rach and a CROW boot, which is short for Charcot Restraint Orthotic Walker.
Saturday 25th Aug
Only a short break in KL so no time to use Rach’s Lounge pass. As we are checking through we get stopped and sent to re-ticketing. Cheap fares should have paid the extra to be up the front. “Sorry Mr Hann can’t get you seats together, we will have to put you in Business”, turns out we didn’t care too much about travelling together anyway. Pete 6F, Rae 8F and Rach 9F. Moet by the glass. First time I have ever seen it; another plane was tethering with ours for re-fuelling. (Two extra cases of Moet). Seems Row 8 have been right into it. It’s going to be tough going back to cattle class.
Arrive at Dubai very relaxed. Rach’s friend Emma (old PLC Friends) had organised Tariq to be our driver for our whole stay. Air-conditioned car, thank goodness… it’s 110 in the water bag. Had a bit of trouble finding the Ramada Hotel (only been open for a month).
Time for freshen up then down to Speak Easy Bar for a drink, then collected by Tariq to go to Emma’s for dinner. Emma and Andrew and two children Sam and Edward live in a Gated Community called the Meadows. Great house with an outdoor pool, which is refrigerated to cool it down to 31 C. I wonder if the Emiratis pay a carbon tax?? Wonderful meal with the Henry’s, Andrew went out to cook the Bar BQ, I would have thought you only need to put the meat out the door.
Back to Hotel with Tariq, thank goodness for air-conditioning, my glasses fog up when I hop out of the car.
Sunday 26th Aug
Up reasonably early and down to breakfast -- even have beef bacon (no pork of course!)
Went for a walk down toward the beach couldn’t swim water around 45-50C. Could get used to the CROW and walking stick, people are very helpful, cars even give way.
Have arranged to meet Emma and her children at the Mall of the Emirates. Another trip with Tariq. This is a massive complex which includes Ski Dubai. Have a look at the web site 45C outside no carbon tax http://www.malloftheemirates.com/en/entertainment/ski-dubai.html There is a lack of reality about this place, it doesn’t even rain let alone snow. Decided to give the slope a miss given my last skiing experience (the main reason for my CROW). Did have a café and watched. They even had a large screen tele with a fire.
Back to the hotel with Tariq to change ready for high tea at the Burj Al Arab. We pick-up Emma on the way. This is the flashiest (and only 7 star) hotel in the world. Wall to wall opulence
This is an absolute gastronomical experience commencing with French Champagne and about 15 different samples.
Rach catches up with her ex boss, Mark who is working for Logical in Dubai, a couple of drinks in Speak Easy Bar.
We finish the day with a trip to 53rd floor of Hotel Marriott for a pre-dinner aperitif and then with a stroll through Mall of Dubai. http://www.thedubaimall.com Adjacent to the Mall is the Burj Khalifa, the tallest man made structure in the world. http://www.burjkhalifa.ae/ . One of the features of the mall is the Dubai Fountain http://www.thedubaimall.com/en/entertainment/entertainment-section/the-dubai-fountain.html This is absolutely spectacular it goes off on the half hour to a variety on tunes. We saw “The Prayer by Andrea Bocelli & Celine Dion” and “I will always love you by Whitney Houston”
Back to our hotel thanks to Tariq. Early start for flight to Denmark.
A big Thanks to Emma Henry for her assistance, advice and company. Emma has a website that keeps her busy in Dubai that I recommend you visit. http://www.familymealsandcookingtips.com/