Arriving in Dubai is always an experience. The airport is like a sultans palace with how rich it looks. Anyway, thanks to the Business upgrade I got a fast track ticket through Immigration. Score.
Emirates also gave me a free hotel and meals for the stopover, so onto the Copthorne Hotel (about 5 minutes down the road). A quick shower, a feed and then its off to explore Dubai.
I head off on the Metro to go to Jumeirah mosque. Though from the Metro it doesn’t look far, but on foot is another story. Its FAR. So a quick taxi and I’m at a very Grand Mosque. Its pretty intricate. Though I get yelled out for wearing socks (apparently they looked like shoes).
From there I walked along the beach to the Burj Al Arab….then realised its too far. Taxi! And then a brief walk to watch sunset at the most luxurious hotel in the world.
After that I head to the Dubai Mall. I go to get the metro. But apparently they don’t like building metro stations close to tourist attractions here. That was a mammoth hike.
I come with the intention of heading up the Burj Khalifa, but the lines for ‘at the top’ are ridiculous. So I choose to watch the Dubai Fountain. Every 30 minutes there is a Dancing Fountain display. Its literally packed, and is rather hard to find a spot. But snaked a spot right in front of the Burj Khalifa for some good shots.
Back to the hotel, an all you can eat buffet gets devoured, then to my room to crash for the next flight.