Yesterday I had a long journey from Oslo in Norway to New Delhi in India, via London and Dubai. The flights to and from Dubai didn’t time very well, so I ended up being in transit for seven hours. Since I didn’t want to hang out at the airport for hours I decided to do some sightseeing in Dubai while I was there, and I took the train from the airport into the city.
In the beginning I was trying to explore Dubai by foot, but I quickly realized that the interesting sights were relatively far apart, so I ended up hiring a guide for a few hours. He took me to some beautiful and interesting spots in the city, such as the Sultan’s palace, the tallest building in the world (Burj Khalifa), the famous Burj Al Arab hotel and the amazing Atlantis hotel. It was a beautiful day in Dubai, with a clear sky and temperatures around 25 degrees, and I was so happy I had brought my SLR camera with my.
Unfortunately, only guest are allowed into the Burj Al Arab hotel, but I was able to have a look inside the Atlantis hotel which is located in the end of an artificial island shaped as a palm tree, the Palm Jumeirah. The hotel has a huge aquarium inside, with a number of different fish species, including a 4 meter whale shark. Although the aquarium was huge, I doubt that it was large enough for a species such as the highly migratory whale shark. Environmentalists have been urging the hotel owners to free the shark, and I hope they will succeed.
Eventually I had to head back to the airport and jump on the plane to Delhi. I arrived last night, and I am currently enjoying the Indian hospitality and great vegetarian food. It is so good to be back in Asia after a few days with extremely cold weather in Norway.
I have posted some photos here: http://monicaaj71.vndv.com/20100131/index.html