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Michael’s Travel Diary

Wednesday, 30 Jul 2008

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

MapDay 19 - Dubai

Ok, yes, I release that there are quite a few days missing here. You are probably wondering how the wedding went and how the rest of Sweden was... I promise I'll get to that but I just have to tell you all about Dubai!!

This place is awesome. I flew in last night and my brother, Rich, picked me up from the airport. Driving in this place is crazy. It's just chaos! The heat is crazy, it's like heading up to Cairns and then cranking up the temperature another 20 degrees and adding even more humidity!

So what have I been up to today... well I've been doing what yo do when you are in the middle of the desert: snow skiing! I'm sure you've all seen on travel shows like Getaway, that they have an indoor ski slope here in Dubai. It's awesome. It's a massive indoor slope build as part of a huge shopping mall. Check out the pics!

I went skiing for about 3 hours before I started to freeze (yes I should have paid the extra 10 drms to get the gloves!) then hit the mall to check out the shops, which took about 3 hours. It's one big mall!!

From what I've seen of Dubai so far, this place is just one massive construction site. It's crazy. There are holes in the ground and half completed buildings everywhere. This place will be very impressive when everything is completed!

I'm looking forward to having a good look around Dubai tomorrow and hopefully take some snaps of the place. All I can say is that there won't be much walking going on as it's about 50 degrees during the day and it's humid as all hell. Luckily taxis are cheap!