Other than my cameras, sunglasses and sandals, I am not quite sure what to pack for this trip. I want to be respectful of their modest dress code, but it will be hot. I think it will be a week of maxi-dresses. I bought a white shrug for this trip so that it would go with any of my dresses when I need to cover my shoulders. I might bring a selection of spring scarves as well and hopefully I can learn how to wrap them. We will be immersed in a world like I have never experienced before, even though I have been to Dubai. The last trip was super short and spent in a hotel for the most part. I will be staying at The Address Dubai Mall when I am there and am salivating over the photos on their website of the giant swimming pool! That pool is one of the reasons I am bringing two cameras! While I am looking forward to relaxing in my hotel, this adventure will be so much more than the stopover it was last time. We will be spending at least one day right in the middle of a virtual sea of sand, having a camel ride and tea on a Sundowner Desert Safari. While this is something out of a movie for me, I am excited to learn more about the Bedouin culture for whom it is daily life. I find the many different ways of living on this one world so fascinating. To think that I am typing this at a computer in Melbourne while a Bedouin family is tucking into their camp for a night under the stars is amazing. I am so grateful that I will be able to see even a tiny slice of what that is like.
As I mentioned in my first post announcing this upcoming trip to Dubai, the Burj Khalifa was just a tiny few stories high when I last visited. It now soars 160 levels above the city and on the 124th floor, they have a 360 degree viewing space and the world’s highest outdoor observation deck. I am both thrilled and terrified of heights so while you will never find me willingly jumping out of an airplane, I am giddy with excitement just thinking about the views I will have from At The Top, Burj Khalifa!!!! I am four exclamation marks excited.
I hope I can do it justice in my photos.
Thinking about what we will experience is exhilarating, but despite the shiny excitement of all the sights, I am most looking forward to learning about the culture and enjoying an Emirati meal at Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. I can’t wait to soak it all up, capture as much as I can with my camera(s) and then share it here on the blog, as well as with my friends and family back in Melbourne. My heart and mind are open and excited to learn new things. Plus there will be Arabic coffee and yummy dates – I am in!