We arrived at Dubai in only just over 5 hours from Prague so we were in at 11am. It then took a further hour to even see the baggage start to come out. OMG that was appalling for such an advanced country. Finally a short taxi ride to our Hotel that had changed name on the first of June and they had nothing to say we had the room booked for 24 hours so eventually, it was decided we would sort that out in the morning. We finally got to bed about 2am. Very comfortable room and although the airport is within spitting distance, very quiet.
In the morning, we thought the room extension had been sorted out, our room cards reconfigured so when Fleur and Pete arrived at 11am, from Abu Dhabi, to see us and take us out, we felt OK with the room hiccup. Off we went with Fleur and Pete to the Mall where Hard Rock Cafe is for lunch. We then headed to Dubai Mall where we suddenly felt like we had done a HUGE CIRCLE back to it around UK and Europe to get there again. We went to the enormous aquarium and up to the underwater zoo. amazing experience especially when we saw the biggest crocodile you could imagine in there also.
As Pete and Fleur fly to New York in two days time they needed to get home and the traffic was so horrendous by this time they just came back to our hotel to collect their gifts we bought them. By this time it was already late afternoon so we also needed to finish our packing to get a taxi at 6pm to take us to the airport to fly to Singapore, the next stage to getting home. First our cards for the elevator wouldn't work so someone else used their card for us to get to our floor. Next our cards wouldn't work in the door to our room and the cleaner was in our room cleaning, preparing for the next visitors, even though all our things were there. Fleur put on her organising voice, rang Reception while we asked the cleaner to come back after we have left please. Newly programmed door key sent up so hopefully and finally it is sorted for us to actually leave when we want to.
Dubai is just like a Furness again today at 37 degrees and very humid. We have been glad to have airconditioning again. Getting us prepared for Singapores heat I suppose.