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Bahrain and Dubai

Flying away

I decided to do a two month trip to Dubai, Nepal and India. The main part of my stay was in Nepal where I had arranged to live and volunteer with a family who owned a tea plantation...

The first leg of my journey took me to Dubai via Bahrain. Bahrain was just a transfer but I enjoyed soaking up some middle-eastern atmosphere before heading onto my main destination...

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Onboard a Gulf Air flight to Bahrain

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Snowy mountains somewhere over southern Turkey

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Bahrain International Airport

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Can't escape the Big M

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Flying over Dubai at night

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Palm trees in Dubai International Airport

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Jumeirah Mosque, one of the most famous mosques in Dubai

Dubai is a very ambitious place, I was constantly surprised by the imagination and creativity on display. It is home to the tallest building in the world - the Burj Khalifa, which stands at 828 metres, it soars into the sky like a giant spike...

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The Burj Khalifa, tallest building in the world at 828 metres

Then there's the Burj Al Arab, the world's only seven star hotel, which sits on its own man-made island in the Persian Gulf and is shaped like a strange futuristic space ship...

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There's a huge seven lane highway cutting through the heart of the city along with an impressive skyrail metro system...

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Skyrail train in Downtown Dubai

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One of the metro station entrances

(Right) Smart station interior

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"Carrying fish is not allowed on the metro"

There's an island shaped like a massive palm tree with its own mono rail system and a hotel with an inspirational underwater-themed interior...

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Palm Jumeirah complete with its own monorail track

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The Atlantis Hotel which lies at the end of Palm Jumeirah

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Inside the Atlantis Hotel

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An aquatic chandalier

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Atlantis Depths

Other highlights include The Dubai Mall, the largest mall in the world containing 1200 shops! It also has its own ice rink, aquarium and indoor theme park...

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A waterfall with sculptures of divers in the Dubai Mall

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Aquarium

To the courtyard...

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Dubai Mall courtyard

The Madinat Jumeirah, the largest resort in Dubai, resembles a traditional Arabian town...

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(Right) Madinat Jumeirah with the Burj Al Arab in the distance

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Inside Madinat Jumeirah

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Ornate lanterns and lights on sale

The Persian Gulf's turquoise waters lap the cities shores...

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tattered old coexists alongside ambitious new...

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the natural with the man-made...

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Attack of the sand

A recurring feeling I had was that we often tend to write off desert areas as barren and lifeless when Dubai proves they can be anything but; full of colour, creativity and life.

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Posted by Neil1983 09:01

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