Sunday, April 27, 2008

Girls in Dubai

This past weekend I went to Dubai with my friend Samantha and her 4-month-old daughter Emma. We left the rest of the children with their Dads and headed off for a girl's weekend. We chose Dubai because of its proximity to Doha (1 hr flight) and because of the shopping. We stayed at the hotel attached to the Mall of the Emirates, which made it real easy to get some shopping done! We also went to the new Festival City Mall to visit the local Toys R Us, since the one here is pretty pathetic in terms of their stock.
To me, Dubai seems to be a bad cross between Houston and Doha. It is a very large city, with freeways and skyscrapers and tons of people, but it is still in the desert and there is still a strong Muslim influence. The driving is just as crazy as Doha, but with more people. Things are bigger and more extravagent in Dubai, but I think that's the point. It is worth a visit for those of you that have the opportunity, but I wouldn't go out of my way to go there. Don't get me wrong, we had a great time, but were both ready to get back to Doha and our families!

Attention Doha Toys R Us: THIS is how your stock should look!

This Toys R Us was huge: 45,000 sqft, 2 levels and full of toys for all ages

Inside the elevator at Toys R Us - these video screens covered 3 walls!

Dubai Festival City Mall

Dubai Festival City Mall - Chili's and the 'riverwalk'. This part is still under construction, but will be really nice when it is finished.

I managed to find the only Arabic-themed shop in Festival City!

Miss Emma, being cute!

Ski Dubai at the Mall of the Emirates

Mall of the Emirates

This warning is on the map for the Mall of the Emirates - notice the first 2 items

This is the Burj Dubai - it will be the tallest tower in the world upon completion at 800 meters!

A picture of the skyline - you can see how crazy big the Burj Dubai is compared to the other skyscrapers!

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