Ten years ago, we visited the unique city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
After an unforgettable trip to India, the hubby and I made a stop in Dubai on our way back to Canada.
We made wonderful memories in our short four-day visit.
We stayed near Jumeirah Beach.
The white sandy beach is located along the coast of the Persian Gulf and we swam in its soothing saltwater every day.
It was nice to be reminded of Canadian comforts, like Tim Horton’s…
… which sells potato chips!
We did a bus tour, which allowed us to get a quick snapshot of the city highlights.
There was a lot of construction and I can only imagine what the skyline looks like now.
I loved the futuristic turtle shell design of the subway stations. We later tried riding the automated driverless trains.
The bus tour took us to Palm Island, a man-made island built off the coast of Dubai.
The homes on the island were beautiful and I loved the Middle Eastern architecture.
We walked by Burj Al Arab, reputed to be the world’s only 7-star hotel, with its own helipad.
The days were very hot and humid and we cooled off at Dubai Mall, which had…
… a skating rink …
… a massive aquarium with shark tanks …
… and an indoor ski hill with ski lifts!
The hubby went snowboarding while I sipped a cold drink at the food court.
It’s tradition to scope out unique offerings at McDonald’s in other countries. The McArabia Chicken and Chicken Big Mac were yum!
We visited Dubai’s most well-known attraction, Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building at 2,722 feet.
You may have seen Tom Cruise hanging out on top of it in Mission Impossible 4.
The night views of the city was awesome.
Do you see a cross and a heart below like I did?
This message below, posted on one of the exhibit spaces inside the building, still resonates:
“The word impossible is not in the leader’s dictionaries. No matter how big the challenges, strong faith, determination and resolve will overcome them.”
The highlight of the trip was the sunset desert safari on our last day.
We rode a camel…
… saw a falcon up close…
… enjoyed a barbecue in a Bedouin camp …
… with amazing music and dancing.
Sometimes, when I look back at photos from life before T, it was so carefree.
These days, the sand we get pour out of T’s shoes from overzealous play in the school sandpit.
But I have nothing but gratitude for what came before T and what is in front and ahead of us.
I am thankful the hubby and I explored some of the world before starting a family.
Every sight, sound, taste and smell shaped us into the people that are now T’s parents.
We draw from every memory to inspire and inform us through the successes and setbacks.
What always stuck with me about Dubai was how this city’s ambitions were built on shifting sands.
As with everything in our life with T, I continue to see the parallels and metaphors.