Dubai was our first stop, setting off from glasgow and enjoying our firstexperiance wth emirates. Have to admit that the emirates package was great. Good food, great hosting and even better In Cabin Entertainment via hundreds of music, films and tv choices as wel as e-mails and loads of info on the countries travelling to and from. So after my well impressive flight we landed in Dubai and first impressions were 'WOW'. The whole place screams wealth and also a sense of show boating was obvious from the start. The airport was made up like a palace and pillars and ceiling heights like you would find in a lord of the rings set. We were staying at a friends house in Dubai which was very handy as we spent a fortune in our 3 days there without having to pay for accomodation! On our first day we went to the Dubai mall which is the Biggest in the world (a sign of things to come). It was absolute massive and if you look at my photos looks nothing like a mall from outside! we walked for twenty minutes straight and still never reached the end and there is another 4 floors!!! If you had money and loved shopping (I dont) then this was the place to be as it had absolute every shop imaginable, it even had a skater shop with a half pipe incorporated in its roof so you could try out your skateboards if you were into that kind of thing (im not). Atfer our wander around the mall we went for a look at the Bahj Kahlifa (the worlds tallest building) and it was impressive to say the least. We then went and sat on a balcony looking onto the Bahj Kahlifa and the Dubai mall and another very sweet looking hotel to have our dinner at TGI fridays to take in the fountain show which can be all seen in my photos. The only thing missing so far in this place is the lack of alcohol. The only places genrally allowed to sell it are hotels with attached bars. Missed my beers in the sun even after one day! Went to a belgen bar later that night for some chilling out and good laughs. Next day was a dedicated beach day and if Dubai does anything good its definately their beaches and surrounding waters! Pure white sands and clear crystal waters which were the cleanest iv ever seen. Infact Dubai in gereral is imaculate. Never any rubbish or dirt around on the streets and people constantly cleaning, even between the bars in the street fences with feather dusters!! But suppose thats all possible with the amount of money floating about that place and no minimum wage to go with it. After our beach day we chilled out at night again and went for some tradditional food wich was lovely and id highly recommend it as it was fresh and light and also 'when in rome'. Our final day was spent at the water park which was one of the better ones id been to in my days called 'atlantis'. and spent our night having a tradditional indian meal which was strange because nothing in real indian menus are in our ones back in the UK!! so never knew wot to pick. Ended up having a luck dip of stuff and scored as it was really good. so our flying visit to Dubai was over and i probably would go back to dubai one day but only for a beach holiday as not much to see or do in relation to travelling without a massive wallet. Be interesting to see what would be accesible if more affordabke as the arabic culture does seem interesting. oh well of to bangkok we go and another emirates flight to look forward to. NIce one!!