Dubai, United Arab Emirates

by Kathleen

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I have had so many request to post pictures from my recent trip to Dubai so, after considerable angst and apprehension have narrowed down which images may best express this small gulf oasis. Let me begin by stating the entire trip was an exciting adventure from start to finish. After checking into the JW Marriott on Business Bay, we immediately began exploring the city. Here are a few suggestions to  investigate if you are ever in this part of the world….enjoy!!!!

Jumeirah Beach Resort

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Sean and Kathy on Jumeirah Beach


Traveling to the Gold and Spice Souks by way of boat

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Ski Dubai

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We hit the slopes for a bit of snow boarding and sledding, then warmed up with a cup of hot chocolate at the Ski Chalet on top of the mountain. Afterward had lunch in the mall, and could not believe I traveled to the other side of the world to actually try fried mac and cheese balls with marinara sauce. When I returned home I had to work on the recipe.


Burj Khalifa

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This is the tallest free standing structure in the world at 2,716 feet or 828 meters. We celebrated Thanksgiving on the 122nd floor at the restaurant At.mosphere. The experience begins with the elevator ride to the 123rd floor where all are greeted by the cantilevered staircase. Next, you walk down to the dining area which exudes style and definite personality.

We started the meal with seared diver scallops with leek and potato veloute sauce. Next was the Tuna Tartare with onion, potatoes and watercress, topped with caviar. Dinner was Wagyu flank steak and two grilled King Prawns served with sauteed spinach and bernaise sauce.

Dessert was a “Bombe Surprise” which consisted of a brownie, chocolate hazelnut ice cream and 24 karat gold shavings sprinkled on top. And, lastly a bowl of Madeline’s was served to end the meal.

I was reading the Gulf newspaper before we left, and there was an interesting article about the UAE bidding to host the World Expo in 2020 in Dubai under the theme “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”.

Hope to see you in Dubai in 2020!!!!

K