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Day 2 in Dubai

The next morning we went to the Mall of the Emirates to Ski Dubai.... This is the largest indoor ski resort in the world (Dubai holds over 50 Guiness World Records!). Didn’t take us long to get our ski boots & long sleeping bag style jacket that were provided in entry & we ventured to the snow arena. We went tobogganing and tubing down mini tracks & tried out the chairlift. Skiing wasn’t available to us but certainly a vast area to do it in. Lots of laughs.

We then got to experience a water taxi crossing the Dubai Creek which runs down the middle of Dubai. Only 1 Dirhams per person (approx 40 cents per person one way!). This took us to where the spice market & gold souq was. Many little shops housing a variety of baskets out the front containing all the spices you can think of from cinnamon, rock salt..... If you buy these they are all packaged up enabling you to bring them back to NZ. A quick walk through the gold souq saw lots of little jewellers displaying their finest jewellery in the windows. No time for shopping though!

We walked to the cultural centre where we met a local who told us a little more about Dubai & found out they offer cultural breakfasts, lunches & tours. On way to Dubai museum we walked through the area of Bastakiya which is old Dubai full of old stone buildings, very neat. The museum was interesting and lots of 3D displays.

Mid afternoon it was time for some adventure & we headed out to Autodrome for some fun doing Laser Tag (great for a few teens/young at heart adults) and did a few laps in karts around the outdoor track.

After our dinner some of us took a taxi into the city – very cheap compared to NZ and saw the Dubai Fountain in action. Every half hour it puts on a show choreographed to music with water shooting up to 240 feet in the air. Also had a quick look around Dubai Mall which is right by the fountain. The Dubai Mall is open 10am-10pm and it certainly comes alive at night. To be cont...

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