I now know why I can’t stand little kids on long flights. Ok well, bad little kids. On my second leg flight from London to Dubai, I sat behind this Arabian couple. 7 and a half hours of torcher, I swear. First I’ll start with the stinch coming from the husband, I understand that due to their culture belief they might not use deodorant. But please whip under your arms sir, you got my nose hair on fire. I mean every time he reaches to pick up his bad ass kids who are running up and down the aisle fucking with everything thing they can get they hands on, my eyes water from his funk. His wife is not having any luck controlling their kids either, because every time she picks up her youngest son, who by the way is two years old. He hits her with a mean 2 to 3 combination while screaming at the top of his lungs. Fml….I can’t take this shit. Trying to keep my cool because this is uncomfortably annoying. As soon as the plane landed and started de boarding I felt a relief, like the smell of fresh air, literally. No more stank and screaming kids.
Now that I’ve gotten past the rotten part of my trip. Here comes the hard part, I personally didn’t rent a car because I was told I needed a 1000 dollar deposit so I was like hell no. I’ll just cab it around Dubai. Here the crazy part, because these were the first people I spoke to, I didn’t realize that it was a 1000 dollar AED (emirati dirham) with is about 272 American dollars. So fml, once I got to my hotel and my cab driver told me, ” that will be 75 dollars”. I was like damn this is an expensive cab ride, but fuck it, I’m in Dubai. I pulled out my money, he was like no sir 75 Dirham, which is about 20 US dollars. I’m happy as hell now. But I’m tired to, because I can’t sleep on flights. Well it’s hard for me to, plus it’s 2 am Dubai time which is 4pm in Houston Tx where I’m from. Also I need my rest so I can map out my plan to take on Dubai in the morning.
What a beautiful morning, the sun raising over the water. It’s so nice, time for breakfast and to get moving. Well breakfast was a bummer, but don’t take my word for it. I am a very picky eater, none of the food I ate while in Dubai satisfied me. But you will have to try it yourself because once again I’m very picky. My first stop for the day is to visit Mall of Emirates to check out the indoor skiing. Who would thought that there would be a full ski slope and penguins and everything inside of a mall. And it cold as hell, real snow and all. It was fun and but I don’t recommend the big slope if you’re a beginner like me. All I could think about was not busting my ass and how cold it is. Other than skiing this mall has a full size grocery store, similar to a Walmart here in the states. You can go shopping for designer clothes which by the way, Mall of Emirates stores had a lot of good sale for all you shopper, or grocery shop and pick up a tv like it’s Walmart. That tripped me all the way out. This mall is huge, so I wouldn’t advise getting caught up in seeing the whole mall because, before you know it, you would have spent hours inside and no accomplish anything else.
My next stop is to The Dubai Mall, another one of Dubai massive malls. For all my Houston folks who love the Galleria, this mall is shitting on the Gallo. It has a one of the biggest indoor aquarium inside where you can swim with the sharks and all other fish. Yes I did say sharks. They have several sharks in this tank and people are swimming in there like they are not in the presence of sharks.
By now, I’m sure you guys figured out that I didn’t partake in the swimming with sharks by my photo. Yeah, wasn’t happening! But I did visit the Burj Kalifa, witch is the tallest building in the world.
Burj Kalifa stands at 828 meters. I really advise while in Dubai, you take the tour up. It was very informative and on the way up they give a great presentation of all the worlds tallest building and why Burj Kalifa was built. It is amazing how they dim the light and project the images inside of the elevator on your way up. Ears popping and all. There is two observations decks, one on 124th floor and the other on 148th floor. I went with the 148th, and purchased the v.i.p. package. Trust me it’s worth it. The lines were very long, and with the v.i.p. package you move right on through. Plus they have a special lounge with food and drink for you while you wait to go up. It just made everything smooth and cut out a lot of time versus standing in long lines to go up and come down. You’ll thank me later.
Now the following day I chose to do a desert safari. There are several companies you can choose from but I went with ‘Red Dunes Tourism L.L.C’. This company was very good, my driver especially. You can choose a private ride or share ride. Private is just you or whoever your with alone the whole trip. Or share ride is multiple people riding together. It’s a good why to meet different people. My driver Ali was the best, the ride to the desert is about a hour and a half so we talk and I learn a lot about the Arabian culture and their beliefs. One thing that stuck out to me was the fact that you could be sent to jail for (PDA) public display of affection! Their belief is that any affection should be done in the privacy of you own home. It is also a sign of disrespect to look a married women in the eyes. I’m telling you, Ali was the best.
Dune bashing is an accelerating experience. The highs and lows of not knowing if you are gonna roll over or fall several feet down the side of a sand dune.ali was a pro at working the wheel. (Controlling the vehicle while performing stunts) Dune bashing is to me is one of the most exciting, while giving u the rush you looking for without jumping out of a plane. Try it, you’ll thank me later. After all of the excitement and the sun goes down. I was taken to a camp location in another part of the desert. The setup was nice and relaxed. Their was lots of different activities to partake in. Such as camel riding, ( I know what you’re thinking)….yea I did ride a camel. To me it was like riding a super tall horse with a hump in its back. The getting up and sitting down part was like riding a mechanical bull. You have to hold on, or you won’t be on the camel for long. There was a fire show and belly dancing show put on for us guest. It was very interesting. Seeing someone playing with fire and not getting burned. Honestly I can say all in all Dubai doesn’t owe me anything, I have such a great time. I can’t wait to go back. Until my next trip/adventure, thank you guys for tuning in.