Emirates carried me safe and sound to Dubai on Wednesday 4th, and since then i have had the pleasure of desert worthy heat.
Staying in a beatiful and rather exclusive marina complex with Suhir, surrounded by yatchs and palm trees.
The heat out here means that the days are extended, with bars and restaurants staying open well into the small hours. Theres a large British community out here which gives the feeling your never really far from home, but it would be nice to hear some Arabic from time to time.
Locals are friendly, respectful and rather laid back. Their culture is not necessarily enforced on Westerners, but there is an overall awareness of how to conduct yourself in their presence.
Seen lots of Aquariums (The Sheiks enjoy replacing walls with giant fish tanks), visited the man made Palm which is home to the Atlantis hotel (in all its £7m firework display splendour) and sampled many local dishes (including fish).
Before i fly onto Bankok, im aware that Dubai has offered me a rather spoilt cushion to the start of my travels. Everything is available here at any time of day...providing you have the Dirhams to pay for it.
I've never been to Monaco - but i imagine it has much of the same feeling. Wealth is prevalent everywhere.
All in all, i've had a very fun packed and eye opening week with Suhir. Weve flitted between being a tourist and a local, and i'd certainly reccomend a visit before Dubai becomes a pure millionaires playground.
A week is long enough to get a feel of Dubai, bt too short when your leaving a friend behind.