Yesterday morning I finally arrived in Dubai after travelling for 18 hours. At one point I thought I'd never make it. Due to my first flight leaving an hour late, I missed my connection in Zurich. But I only realized this once I got to Zurich. I then had to fly to Munich to catch the next available flight. In short, instead of arriving in Dubai on Tuesday evening, I got here on Wednesday morning.
Given the choice I would have taken a nap and slept until noon but my friend and I had booked tickets to visit the Burj Khalifa and so we had breakfast, freshened up and walked to the tallest building in the world. When we got out of the hotel it was like stepping into a sauna. I found it difficult to breathe and I felt sweaty immediately. Luckily, right next to the hotel, there is an air-conditioned covered path that leads directly to Dubai Mall and the Burj Khalifa.
We visited three levels of the 828 m tall building. We were welcomed at the top level (not the very top but the highest level for visitors) with fresh juices, macarons and chocolates. We then moved to lower floors for more views. Funnily the lower we went, the better the views became.
After the tour, we strolled around Dubai Mall. The clothes, shoes and bags selection was fantastic. I also spotted a Cheesecake Factory there. I wasn't really in a shopping mood, so we went to Al Ras to visit a spice market, which turned out to be a disappointment because it was small and nothing was going on there.
A funny incident occurred when my friend, a guy, was unawarely sitting with me in a ladies' part of metro train carriage. One girl politely told him that he would be fined if caught. We had no idea that such a segregation existed on trains. Then I noticed that there was a pink line separating the male and female areas and everyone around us was sticking to the rule.
We headed back to our hotel and relaxed at the pool, had dinner and watched the sun go down on the Burj Khalifa. Today I will visit the Palm Islands and tonight maybe go out a bit. Go out but stay indoors :)