The last time I had been to Dubai was when I was in Primary 4 and it has been a year or so already. It was time to visit my dad again in the June break.
The transformation occurred before I even arrived at Dubai as flew on the Boeing 777 from Changi. Emirates Airline is simply the best of the best as it has an enormous selection of movies and TV programmes from around the world, as well as music, video games and the latest news. There's always something on to sit back, relax and enjoy.
The sense of “newness” and space continued as we arrived at Dubai Airport with its cavernous roof and spotless facilities. My tired, old suitcase looked slightly embarrassed as it came around the carrousel into this opulent arrival hall. It looked like it had just turned up at the opera in jeans and a t-shirt! As I stepped out of the airport, I couldn’t recognise Dubai comparing to the last year, it had changed a lot since I last visited. I could spot at least 30 differences since I came starting from the airport!
Nevertheless we proceeded and we took a local taxi to the hotel which was the Palace, Old Town. Don’t be misled by the phrase old town as the hotel is next to the Burj Khalifa (formerly Burj Dubai) which had just been built when we stayed. For the uninitiated the Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest building at almost 1km high. I realised that when you are staying next to the World’s tallest building you are always going to be able to find your way back to the hotel!
The Palace hotel in Dubai has ultra-modern facilities while still retaining a traditional feel. You arrive along the driveway with a fantastic rectangular pool lined with palm trees. Surrounding the palace hotel is a manmade lagoon with the Burj Khalifa on the other side. This lagoon was also home to a fantastic water fountain show to enjoy in the evening.
Outside the hotel you can visit the Dubai mall which...