S: Abu Dhabi and Dubai January 2011
BC: Our mini plane home from Oregon
FC: United Arab Emirates | January 2011 | Abu Dhabi | Dubai
1: Please don't go... | Minnesota | Pub in Amsterdam | Aerial view of Europe | Abu | Dhabi | Here | We | Come!
2: D | a | t | e | s | Bait Al hassa | The Mountain People House | Old school | Transportation | form of
3: How to get water: | have ox walk down ramp to pull water from well | F | i | s | h | Bait Al ewany | House used in winter | Abu Dhabi
4: High Tea Menu | Moroccan Tea | Cucumber sandwiches | Apple raisin scones | Cheese cake with blueberries
5: After our afternoon tea we relaxed in the shisha tents
6: Lounging | Poolside
7: Synchronized | Swimming | In | The | R | A | I | N
8: T | H A N | H | E | S | Dates and Arabic coffee anyone?
9: R A L A | Views from Candy and Hal's apartment | Boat ride around the Shangrala | G
10: MOMBASSA | GRILLE | Ostrich! | Mmmmm Duck | BunnyChow | MOMBASSA | GRILLE | Yum
11: THE NOODLE HOUSE | What looks good uncle Hal? | THE NOODLE HOUSE | Hurry up elevator | hungry | I'm
12: Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Is a building for worship used by people of Islamic faith. Prayer is done five times a day in separate halls men on one side and women on the other. They line up shoulder to shoulder and pray to their god Allah. It is customary that women wear the traditional modest outfit, a shayla to cover the face and hair and an abaya to cover the body. Shoes are to be taken off before entering. The Mosque is 22,412 sq meters or five football fields and can accommodate 40,960 worshipers. It took more than 3,000 workers twelve years to build and is the 3rd largest in the world.
13: Putting on our shaylas and abayas
14: Candy, Cathy, Mitha (our tour guide), Morgann and Lauren | Muslims pray five times a day according to this clock | Fajr-Sunrise Zuhr-After midday Asr-Mid-afternoon Maghrib-Sunset Isha-After sunset
15: Inside the main prayer hall is the Holy Quran and the worlds largest hand-knotted carpet. One solid piece with no seams valued at 8.2 million dollars.It contains the largest chandelier in the world weighing over nine tones.There are 1,000 columns and 82 domes of Moroccan design decorated with twenty-eight different types of marble from several different countries. The 17,000 sq meter courtyard is paved with mosaic tile and white marble from Greece. The white marble stays cool all year round no matter what the temperature outside. | Kneeling to pray along the line shoulder to shoulder
16: The first stop on our | camel farm. With special | guide Salim we got to | and drink fresh squeezed | extra surprises were | It pays to
17: wild desert safari was a | treatment from our tour | see week old baby camels | camels milk. These | forbidden to everyone else. | It pays to | be a girl!
18: What a bumpy ride! | Crazy Safari through the desert! | Flat Tire, uh oh! | I hope we don't flip over!!
19: Abu Dhabi, home of the most beautiful sunsets in the world | Car # 15
20: Alright two wifes! | The last stop | on our Safari was a | BBQ dinner complete | with traditional | activities. Such as, | riding camels, sand | boarding, henna | painting, smoking | the shisha and | playing dress | up!
21: Along with our | delicious | got a belly | Arabic food we | dancing show. | Morgann was | pulled on stage | and later all | three of us | danced with | her. | to dance | camel farm
22: The | The | The palace was the 2nd most expensive hotel ever built. It's so high scale bluejeans are not allowed.
23: Emirates | Emirates | Palace | Palace | Every year the palace uses 5kg of pure edible gold just on desserts
24: The Emirates Palace is a seven star hotel where everything is made of real gold. You can even buy it at a gold to go vending machine!
25: We enjoyed specialty drinks such as Indian chai tea and camelccinos while musicians played for us in the background.
26: It was a very eventful lunch at Jones the Grocers. We saw Hilary Clinton the Crown Prince and Becky got her car towed! | Becky-picking up her car and ticket from the impound lot. | While Hilary was walking out she stopped by our table to say hi. We were the only people she talked to | Before making any calls about getting her car back Becky insisted we take a picture to remember this crazy day | Hitched a ride to pick up Beckys car. Good thing you don't have to wear seat belts over here | This ticket is in Arabic, I can't read this ! | !
27: Take the lift up for a 400 meter long, 80 meter drop ride through real snow! | Ski Dubai, indoor ski slope in the Mall of the Emrites in Dubai
28: Burj Al Arab | Ice hockey rink in the mall | The resemblance is uncanny
29: Burj Khalifa | Tallest building in the world | Ooooh I need another picture! | We took a tour around Dubai in a double decker bus. Saw all the funky shaped buildings and learned cool facts. Did you know Dubai uses 2.2 million gallons of desalinated water each day?
30: The Souk | Arabic for market | Actual sign in the mall
31: While on the bus tour we stopped at three malls. One of which is the largest in the world. It's so big it has over 1,000 stores, 150 restaurants and an aquarium! Another stop was at the souk. Merchants call you over and sometimes drag you into their shop. They try to sell you clothes and touristy items like mini shishas. You have to haggle with them to get the price you want.They'll do anything to make a sale. | Posing at the Gold Souk
32: Welcome to Atlantis | We went for brunch which had breakfast foods from all countries, including breakfast sushi! We stole candy and apples for later!
33: Located at the very top of the Miracle Mile of the Palm, one of the man made islands of Dubai was Atlantis. Atlantis has an incredible water park, with the Leap of Faith and Dolphin Bay. The aquarium was enormous was even home to a whale shark!
34: The Dolphin Bay Experience at the Atlantis, we got to swim and play, dance and sing, with these incredible animals! It was definitely an unforgettable experience! | After giving us a show of jumps and flips, Kathy gave each of us a kiss on the cheek and a hug before waving, and splashing us goodbye
35: Kathy the dolphin taught US, the swim teachers, how to swim!