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The Rock-itt : September 2011
For those keen to break the long haul journey to Europe, taking a flight with either Emirates Airlines or Etihad Airways gives you the chance for an expensive stopover at in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at either Abu Dhabi (Etihad) or Dubai (Emirates). Both airlines are first class and the food, comfort and service they provide is quite outstanding. They are both conscious of cost and thus you can obtain really good value for your miles travelled. Both these destinations are a 14 hour single flight from Sydney and in an A380 it is often a good idea to break your journey and enjoy a two night layover in this Arabian version of Manhattan. Bright sunny days and white sandy beaches greet the visitor and some of the world’s most exciting modern architecture is literally on display in the massive skyscrapers that seem to grow straight out of the desert. Of course in the Northern Hemisphere’s summer months (June, July and August) temperatures can climb to 45 degrees C. There is of course the universal saviour; the air conditioner. These invaluable machines are to be found everywhere, from the gate house of the airport’s entrance to the Shopping Malls that populate the City state of Dubai. If you have chosen Etihad there is a complimentary luxury coach service (air conditioned of course) that takes 90 minutes to the heart of Dubai. Dubai has some remnant of its trading history still on display although it is crammed in and around the old Dubai Creek, a waterway that feeds out into the Persian Gulf on which old dhows still ply their ancient trade and abras, solid wooden motorized barques that serve as a ferry for workers and tourists alike for the tiny sum of 1 Dirhams (about 25 cents) The city of Dubai has two spectacular modern buildings. One is the Burg Khalifa, which is currnelty the wolrds tallest building and for a small amount of 100 Dirhams (about $25) you can book a ride in their elevator which races up to the 124 th floor in only 42 seconds and the view from that height is quite amazing. If you are desperate to make this journey, it is highly recommended that you pre book on line at AT THE TOP and reserve an ascent time to coincide with dusk. The view as the city lights up as the sun drops is not worth missing. While there, make sure you hang around for the wonderful Fountain display that commences at 730pm each evening and hearing the onlookers ooh and aah says it all. By Simon Lyon The Burg Khalif a lit up by man and light up by nature (the Sun) – the WORLD’S TALLEST BUILDING at 828 metres “Surf” life saver at the “Palm” Jumeirah Dubai Creek with modern dhow and abra