The view from The Burj Khalifa observation deck.

One of the first things we did was exit our hotel and walked a few blocks in the sweltering 113ºF (45ºC) heat in search of the Big Bus Tour. We aren’t tour people but this tour was a great way to get our bearings in such a new and spread out city. Sadly, the best part about the bus tour for myself was the soundtrack which played between commentary. It was that good I spent a bit of time in search for it online but couldn’t track it down. My success rate for tracking things down is usually quite high.

After a few days in Dubai we drove down to Abu Dhabi. It’s an impressive part of the world. They do things very well there. If you want a grand hotel built – get it done in in Abu Dhabi.

We were most impressed with the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. This architectural work of art is one the world’s largest mosques, with a capacity for an astonishing 40,000 worshippers. It features 82 domes, over a 1,000 columns, 24 carat gold gilded chandeliers and the world’s largest hand knotted carpet. The main prayer hall is dominated by one of the world’s largest chandeliers –10 metres in diameter, 15 metres in height and weighing twelve tonnes. The mosque’s first ceremony was the funeral of its namesake, Sheikh Zayed, who is buried at the site.

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IMG_4210R (H1317)Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Reflective pools surround the mosque, amplifying its beauty. The striking white and gold colours shining in the sun are transformed at night by a unique lightning system which reflects the phases of the moon.

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is an amusement park located on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. It is the first and only Ferrari-branded theme park and largest indoor theme park in the world. We experienced Formula Rossa’s world’s fastest roller coaster with a top speed of 240 km/h providing 4.8G’s. We queued for an hour to gain the front two seats of this ride. While it was worth the wait we would have been much better off purchasing the theme parks premium tickets which would have allowed us to rudely jump the ques which others were doing – hence the hour wait for one ride.

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IMG_5684R (H1317)Majestic Hotel Tower Dubai, Mankhool Road, Bur Dubai, Dubai

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