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Dubai

10.02.14 - 14.02.14

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Monday - We arrived in Dubai at 19:27pm there time and was headed for the train station to figure out how to get to our hotel the cheapest and easiest way. The lady at the ticket office was very helpful give us our route and offered us a rail card for 20 Durham on it. When we arrived at our Apartment - Fortune Grand Hotel Apartments we checked in and was upgraded to a two bedroom apartment for all four of us for free! Then after dumping out bags we went to get some food from the supermarket. Well I really don't know why people say Dubai is expensive as when we was there we found it very cheap. 33 pound for 40 cigs, breakfast for 3 mornings for all four of us, 12 eggs, 2 tins of bins, bread, 2.25L fanta, noodles and some bread (I also think i have missed a few things. After a look around and our shopping done we decided just to have some tea and relax after an emotional and tiring day!

Tuesday - After going to bed late as we wasn't use to the time difference we got up at 12pm, had some breakfast then went to check the swimming pool out on the roof top! After an hour in the pool we went to go get ready for our Jeep Desert Safari which we'd booked with STA Travel. After waiting two hours in the lobby of the hotel, we found out that STA Travel had give the company the wrong hotel address and give them the address of Fortune Grand Hotel in Deira in Dubai. We brushed off the disappointment and went for a walk to the Burj Khalifa. The receptionist said it would take 25 mins but we guess he has never walked there as it took us an hour and we were still miles away! The city is huge, busy and posh. When we become hungry we ended up going to McDonalds as a quick solution. We thought we would call it a night after the food as we still had to walk back to the hotel about an hour away and we was walking to the Burj Khalifa tomorrow! When we got back to the hotel area we went to get some proper food so we had meatballs, pasta and sauce for dinner. Then after dinner, we discovered i had about 6 blisters on my feet so Becka popped them all for me.

Wednesday - Today we got up at 12pm again as we suck at the time difference thing! We went to the swimming pool to chill out and catch some sun. Becka went to skype her friends from work and then i went to see if i could get in touch with the desert adventure company as i hadn't received a phone call. When i went to the reception, i found a lady from the company already waiting for us and explained she hasn't had a reply from STA yet but she could offer us to go on the trip tomorrow for 150dh = 30 pound each instead of 50+ pound. She also said she has had alot of problems with STA in the past and don't book anymore trips with them. I emailed STA a snotty email after all the trouble we have had and quite quickly got a reply saying they are investigating our complaint! Joe also rang the head office of STA travel who just give us a load of rubbish and said we needed to go online and email them on the feedback page but this phone call cost us 10 pound as it was an international call. Before we set off to walk to the city we had 2 boiled eggs and beans on toast which Adam and Joe thought it would be a good idea to cook the toast on the oven ring as the toaster was taking too long. We then set off to walk to the Burj Khalifa which took us 2 and half hours and then a small train journey from the financial center to the Dubai Mall/Burj Khalifa. On the way walking to the city center, Becka needed a wee that bad she had to pee behind a tree in the middle of a back street. When we finally got to the mall we walked all the way round the mall before we got to the entrance of the Burj Khalifa. After waiting to get through we came to the lift which went straight up to the 124th floor in seconds it was crazy! Our ears even popped it went that quick. The views were fab of Dubai city all lite up everywhere so we made sure we got plenty of photos of the amazing view. After our trip to the tallest building in the world we made our way out of Dubai city centre on the train and made our way back to our hotel in Bur Dubai.

Thursday - Today is finally gona be the day we get to go on our desert safari so before had we are going to relax in the swimming pool on the roof top. After an hour or two in the pool, we went to get ready for our trip and making sure we get down to the lobby early so there are no excuses to say we're not there on time for our driver. After 20 minutes of waiting, the driver arrived and drove us to the desert which took an hour to drive to. Then we had a stop off in the desert to wait for all the other cars with tourists on the trip so we got out to take some photos and then the worst happened i needed a wee when there was no toilets around for miles. I asked the photographer if there was a toilet there and he said "if you need to pee, you pee pee in the desert" so that me and Becka did. We found the nearest area were no-one could see us whilst we had a pee. Unknowingly the two boys were sneaking up behind us to capture our weeing in the desert which was pretty funny. When everyone was finally at the meeting point, the dune bashing in the 4x4s started. It was crazy, the drivers had amazing driving skills because if any of us had done it we would of deffo ended up on the roof of the car (upside down) for sure!! We had to stop at one point because one of the drivers was stuck in the sand side ways so all the drivers come to the rescue which was a lovely thing to do. After 25 minutes of thrills dune bashing we got back on the road and went to camp where we had Arabic bbq and watched a belly dancing show and had the opportunity to have a ride on a camel. I was also able to get a henna tattoo on the palm of my hand which was amazing watching the lady draw it. After a fab night on the Dubai Safari, the driver took us back the hotel so we could pack our clothes up again ready for Sri Lanka.

Posted by livetotravel14 03:02 Archived in United Arab Emirates

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