Trip Start Aug 13, 2004
11Trip End Sep 11, 2004
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Where I stayed
we over hear on the pa on the plane as we touch down that despite it being 10 past midnight the temperature outside is 36 degrees.
we check into our hotel for the next 4 days, shangri la hotel. this hotel has been open for 1 year and all we have to say is WOOOWWWWWW!!!!
the room is huge 45 sq mt, with funky decor and all the mod cons, including bath, shower, bidet, 40 channels of tv, squash court, fitness gym, whirlpool, and huge pool with swim up bar. with only shopping for clothes, gold and shoes to be done here and not much sight seeing this stay is purely a relax around the hotel
our view from the 32nd floor shows dubai is really a up and coming city in the middle of the desert. there is probably more cranes than trees here.
our first stop outside of the hotel in the desert was starbucks!!! yes we are roughing it.
we spent the first day out shopping at the karama shopping area (since the slogan goes do buy, dubai). this is the area where you have shop upon shop next to each other selling real genuine fake handbags, watches and clothes. although there is not much for girls, for the guys you can get very good material t shirts and jeans. it is a bargain buying this type of stuff from here but you must haggle the price. our tip come back with half the price they say it is worth, and then haggle from there. be happy with about 30-50% off boss. rob loved the whole process of it all being half indo.
after getting back from our shopping louise went off to the pool by herself. being on her own, habibi (bar attendant) was not willing to serve her, but she did eventually get a drink.
we are now off to play some squash (8:30pm here at the moment) so enjoy the real genuine fake photos we have for you so far.
dubai so far has been good fun
rob and louise