We started the second day with a leisurely breakfast and sitting by the pool. What was neat was that there was a mosque right in front of our hotel, so while we sat at the pool, we actually got to hear the broadcast of the noontime prayer up close and personal! I had no idea what was being said (all in Arabic), but it did sound very pretty.
Our trip out the desert was a lot of fun. On our way back into the city, we saw a lot of locals who had set up campfires out in the desert just hanging out. It was a great way to experience another part of Dubai!
We started our third day in Dubai with a leisure pace, as well. I actually went to the hotel gym in the morning and ran on the treadmill! The funny thing was, the treadmill was in kilometers, so I was constantly trying to do the conversions in my head to see how many miles I'd run so far. Yes, I am a math nerd :)
After breakfast, we ventured out into the city and took the metro to the Mall of the Emirates. Dubai has a ton of malls, but Mall of the Emirates is the "more affordable" mall in the city. I was surprised at all the Christmas decorations all over, especially at the mall!
That evening, we met back up with our travel group for dinner. Before heading to dinner, we went back to the Dubai Mall for the fountain show. On the way there, it was really fun to see the city of Dubai at nighttime.
At the far end of the creek, we passed by the souk again. It was really bright and lit-up at night time!
We went up to the front of the boat for a different view (and a picture) after we finished eating. Nice view from up there!
Next up in the Dubai Trip recaps: our tour of Abu Dhabi, one of the other emirates/cities in the UAE. We visited a mosque, ate traditional Emirati food, and learned more about the culture and government. Look for that recap very soon!
Question for you: Have you ever been to a desert? Have you ridden any animals (horses count!)?