Tuesday, 18 October 2016
18.10.2016 - 18.10.2016
Another heavy heat haze to greet us at sunrise and a forecast high of 30 °C/86 °F. The rendezvous for today's tour is at 07:30 in the Wheelhouse Bar. While we waited I watched the baggage for the departing passengers being unloaded and taken to the luggage collection area. There are some 200 people leaving and about the same number embarking.
Our comfortable luxury coach took us to the high-rise district to the world's tallest freestanding occupied building; the Burj Khalifa. It sits atop of the sprawling Dubai Mall. We arrived before 10:00 and enjoyed an uninterrupted walk to the base of the tower and entry to the lifts. Our destination is the observation deck at Level 124. There is barely the sensation of movement as it soundlessly and smoothly whisks you to a hight rarely experienced except inside an aircraft. The views are incredible and we were fortunate in that the heat haze had diminished. Back down to a lower level and we spent some time wandering around this most opulent shopping complex.
Back on the coach and we are off to visit Ski Dubai located in the Mall of the Emirates. This bizarre facility provides a short ski run set in an Alpine Scene. The whole idea of a ski run in the dessert is almost beyond comprehension. As someone commented "Dubai is all PR and Marketing". Elsewhere in the Mall there was a display of a planned "Community" an extensive complex of many different styles of homes on offer from small apartments to extensive villas. Prices ranging from US$250,000 to over US$ 1 million. We declined to leave a deposit.
Back on the coach again to drive down to the open beach area for another view of the impressive Burj Al Arab Hotel. The location was identical to yesterday's visit and I didn't attempt to improve the image. Then off to view the Jumeirah Mosque in another repeat performance. This time I found an improved vantage point but still not totally pleased with the capture.
Without further attractions we returned to the ship in much better shape than yesterday. Most of the six hours having been spent in air-conditioned comfort.
A simple hamburger and fries for lunch along with some fresh fruit. Returned to the cabin, made some notes, examined the images and the inside of they eye-lids 8-).
Marvellous main course tonight, braised beef spare ribs, the meat so tender it fell apart without the use of a knife. The gravy and mashed potato were luscious. Tonight's entertainment was provided by Claude Eric a vocalist with a brilliant voice and impressive range of songs.
We have a new Captain aboard, Martin Stenzel commanded our first Princess ship in March 2012. Very proper, very British. Tomorrow is a formal night again, something I don't mind but Jenny is growing tired off.
Clocks go forward a hour overnight as we sail SouthEast towards the West coast of India.
I've used a view from the impressive Burj Khalifa for today's image, you can view my photo by following this link to the image from the Burj Khalifa.
Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony.