Day two in Dubai, we woke up to a cloudy and wet morning, got dressed and set out to explore the city of Dubai.
While sitting in the women and children only section of the bus, feeling a little out of place.... Until a man came and sat opposite us, he was very friendly and we began to chat, I asked him what the rules were in regards to the "Women only section", his reply was "if you are man, and you sit with you wife it is ok but without wife you get 200aed (£33)" (it only applies during certain hours).
Once we arrived in Dubai, our first stop was the largest shopping mall in the world!! Which definitely lived up to its name, the Dubai Mall had an indoor ice rink, an enormous aquarium, an underwater zoo, a cinema, a theme park, numerous food courts and pretty much every shop worldwide, from Hershey's, Cotton on to New Look, you could get lost in there for hours!
Right next door to the worlds largest shopping mall is the tallest building in the world! The Barj Khalifa, again this was absolutely enormous, Dubai really does know how to build big!
After visiting the new wonders of Dubai we then jumped on the metro and head towards Atlantis and the other cool buildings..... Not so successful because there were miles from the metro system and we didn't feel like getting a taxi as the weather was pretty dismal. Even then it was impressive seeing these buildings and man made islands.
Up next was Old Historical Dubai, the best way to describe this would be.... Just like the streets if Agraba in Aladdin, except with no one on the streets because apparently everything was closed!
Not really knowing what else to do in Dubai, we then head to Union Square which was a central location, on the way it was so busy trying to get on the train that I called Hannah from the women's queue to jump in with me, to make sure we were on the same train, and as she jumped on the train the doors closed and shut me out, I then watched Hannah wave from the train as the train departed leaving me alone in the station. When I grabbed the next train she was waiting in Union station for me.
We then grabbed some food in a little restaurant, 2 chicken shawarmas and 2 teas for £6!!
Then it was time to catch the bus back to our hotel, there was a massive line to get onto the bus. Hannah missed her chance to jump on with the women which meant we were pretty out of the queue, but the people of Dubai are very respectful to women an their "husbands" and luckily for the duration of Dubai Hannah is looked as my wife, so we were told by a few men in he line to get onto the bus in front of about 30 other men. We felt like VIPs, those little things go a long way!
I slept the whole way back while Hannah pretty much read the whole of her book!
Then finally..... Bed time :)