The plane landed late last night and we slept at Holiday Inn Express Dubai Airport. Now we are sitting at the airport waiting for the plane to Australia. The clock is around midnight so we have had a full day in Dubai, and OMG what a great city it is!! This morning after a needed sleep without Cruella ;) we ordered a taxi that drove us to the Burj Khalifa. It’s an impressive grand building, something that I think everyone should see if they are in Dubai. It’s the world's highest skyscraper, whole 828 m high.
We went early in the morning because we had heard that it probably would be less people then. We hadn’t booked any tickets, but hoped that the luck would be on our side. When we arrived at the building I almost got a little dizzy when I looked up at it, and really wondered if I would dare to go up. We also noticed, to our surprise, that the line-up was not particularly long, and out of curiosity, we asked a man if there was anything wrong or if it was closed for the day. Luckily he was nice and explained to us that between June 5 to July 6 Ramadan takes place in Dubai. During this holy month, Muslims fast between sunrise and sunset. It was good that he said it because out of respect for the fasting visitors don’t eat or drink in public places. Beacause of Ramadan it was quiet and fewer people at the Burj Khalifa. We went up to the 124th floor and found ourselves 452 meters up. It has been a cloud free day today, so we could see out over the whole Dubai, the desert and the Arabian Gulf.
We also could witness the amazing Dubai Fountain from above. It's very difficult to explain the feeling I felt when I stood up there and looked out over everything. It was such a great view and both I and AK was speechless afterwards.
After a bit of shopping in the shopping centers nearby, against AK's wish, of course, we took a taxi back to the hotel to eat a little. We spent a few hours at the hotel and then checked out to eat at a restaurant before we had to go to the airport. Since the time was late we got to experience the interesting situation when the fast is broken around midnight every night. We got to be there when the locals organized a grand buffet with food, and it felt like everyone ate together in the whole city. It was very cozy, but unfortunately we had to go to the airport otherwise we would miss the flight and it feels like we have stressed enough to airports so far on this trip ;). Now we will soon go on the airplane after an action-packed day in Dubai!.// Emma