Round roofs

Like bubbles of white marble about to pop in the blue sky.

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Grand Mosque arches

Gold palm trees and enamel flowers, only in Abu Dhabi.

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Prayer time

It may be one of the biggest mosque in the world but it is surprisingly quiet. Full of tourists and worshippers yet very calm.

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Gold details

The level of details in Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is mind blowing. The whole building has been designed like a jewel.

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The white arches

Architectural wonder, sacred place.

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Round roofs

Let’s take a moment to appreciate beautiful architecture. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque absolutely worth a visit if you are ever in Abu Dhabi!

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A week in Dubai – part 2

The second part of our Dubai stay was dedicated to explore the history and culture of UAE and relax.

After a little lie-in on our third day, we headed to the main attraction in Dubai, the Burj Khalifa. I am not exaggerating when saying that the height of this tower is mind-blowing. It is… so high! Soooooooo high!

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I had booked our tickets in advanced but even then the queues weren’t too bad.

One part of the visit that is quite magical is the elevator ride, you can really feel how high and fast you are going, and the animation telling the story of Dubai from the time it was a little village to nowadays is beautiful.

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Once at the top you have one job, enjoy the view! Well, that and doing some very cheesy posing.

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After our visit at the top of the world we headed to the Dubai Mall for a bit of shopping and check out one of the biggest shopping centre in the world.

I am using words like ‘biggest’, ‘tallest’, ‘huge’, gigantic’, a lot in that post but this is what Dubai is all about, over the top!

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The following day we headed to Abu Dhabi which is only a 90 minutes’ drive away and where you will find the Grand Mosque.

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After changing to more appropriate outfits (note to the ladies, make sure to pack a couple of maxi-dresses as they are very handy when visiting a Muslim country), we joined a group for a complementary tour of the mosque. The place is beautiful and once again just gigantic/over-the-top/***insert the adjective of your choice here***.

I really recommend the guided tour as you will learn a lot about the history of the religion and the local traditions.
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In the afternoon we headed to a water park between Abu Dhabi and Dubai. A very refreshing stop in the desert heat. I will spare you the swimsuits pictures though. 🙂

The fifth day was spent in the old Dubai. Head toward Deira neighbourhood, hop on a boat across the river and explore a more authentic Dubai and all the souks. Spices, utensils, diamonds, name it and there is a souk for it!

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Our final day was spent at the beach. We paddle boarded in the morning at Jumeirah beach. In the afternoon we headed to the Palm for a couple massage and a relaxing afternoon at the Kempinski.

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Overall it was a very pleasant and relaxing week. So if you are looking for somewhere hot, easy to travel to and with a good balance of beach time and activities, Dubai is the place!

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You haven’t read part 1 yet? Find it here!