02.28.2015 - 02.28.2015 80 °F
Our flight doesn't leave until 2am Sunday morning so we stayed in our hotel room until the last possible minute today and then took the metro train downtown to see the infamous Dubai Mall. We had great intentions of taking in the aquarium and walking around a bit but the reality is that we walked in and became so completey overwhelmed that we found the nearest exit and got the hell out of there. It wasn't just that it was busy, it was just the sheer size of the thing. Perhaps some people's idea of good fun but it seemed really obscene and over the top. But I guess that is the point.
It was kind of fun to walk along the front entrance where some of the higher end cars that had been valet parked were. Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Rolls, Bentleys, etc. We walked down the street to a corner cafe that had outdoor seating and just watched traffic for a while. There wasn't a cycle of the stop light that went by that we didn't see some outrageous looking supercar being rodded down the street. With the pristine boulevard, manicured greenery and amazing buildings it felt like a movie set.
We were going to go up in the Burj Khalifa (tallest building in the world) until we found out we would have to go back into the mall to buy the tickets. That was NOT going to happen so we admired it by walking around and looking way, way up. We were at least a block away when I took this picture and still couldn't get the whole thing in the frame.
We are at the airport now and still have two hours before they will even allow us to check in. Then another three hours before our flight leaves. It's going to be a long couple of days getting home but looking forward to seeing the kiddos and thankful for the experiences we have had on this trip.