Luxury. Desert. Sun. Beaches. The craziest development projects on earth: An island formed as a palm? Tiny islands created together to look like the world? An inside ski slope when there are probably one million degrees outside? Sharks inside the mall? Really? REALLY? (Got to love it though!) These are all words that many people associate with Dubai, which is not a country, but a state in the United Arab Emirates, but can feel like a whole different world. Almost exactly two years ago I went to this kind of surrealistic place to visit my cousin who lives there. I know a lot of people who has been there and didn’t like it at all, and I can understand that for many people this can be a bit too over the top, and even seem superficial. Maybe I’m cursed and am destined to fall in love with every single place I visit, but I’m not one of those people. I loved it. For the week or so I was there, I was happy exploring a place so very different from where I live, although I realize that it’s a place with many contrasts (bad and good).
It always also help a lot to visit someone who lives in the place you’re visiting, someone who can tell you exactly where you should go, and what is not really worth seeing, and someone who can take you to a Norwegian Pre-Christmas party almost next to the Burj Khalifa (the tallest building in the world. Yes, I went up there despite my vertigo, thankyouverymuch). And now, looking through my photos, I realize how incredible the light was there.
I am determined to go back one day, and a few of the reasons are: I didn’t go on a desert safari, I didn’t go to the gold souk, I didn’t see any wild camels, I didn’t go to a chic champagne brunch, and, of course, I didn’t have this blog when I was there! Somehow I can’t remember any specific details to tell you from this trip, but luckily photos say so much more than words (and for many, it’s probably more interesting than my babbling):
Me looking all weird and blurry on top of the world! (Quick tip: Are you afraid of heights and don’t know whether or not you should dare going up the Burj Khalifa? Don’t worry, it’s only a bit scary at the beginning. You’ll feel really, really secure up there.)
One last note: Be a good visitor! No matter where you’re going, it’s important to always show respect for the culture you’re visiting. If you’re planning on going to Dubai, remember that it is a Muslim country, and that you should cover your shoulders and not wear anything too short or too revealing while you’re out in public. It’s no problem to wear your bikinis and your short dresses at the beach and the hotels, so leave them there.