Day 1 – Lights and Fountains

A Moment to Rest

The train ride back to our departure station was tedious. We finally stopped and walked back to the hotel, exhausted by all of the walking. I had somehow hurt my leg during our stroll around the Dubai Marina and I was struggling to keep up.

When I stepped into my room I collapsed onto my bed and drifted off to sleep. My slumber was disturbed by messages on my phone. I headed to the roof for an early dinner. The pool seemed tempting but I resisted jumping in. I walked to the comfortable couch, took a seat and ordered something cold to drink.

 

The view from the root is amazing. I closed my eyes and breathed in, taking in as much warm, Dubai air as possible; I still can’t believe I’m in Dubai. We have an amazing dinner, mainly meat, and have one last drink. A friend of a friend was kind enough to show us around. I climbed into the car and off we went. Night time in Dubai is great! The lights shine bright and the streets are busy with people.

Our first stop is the Souk Madinat Jumeirah. Excitement bubbles up as we walk through the various buildings in the Souk Madinat Jumeirah. The view is unbelievable!

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Walk through the Souk Madinat Jumeirah
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Burj Al Arab at night

We order more drinks and relax. Conversations flow effortlessly between my companions but I am too captured by the lights of the Burj Al Arab to care. It feels as if I have been transported to a time long forgotten, a time of the rich Arabs and their places of leisure.

Our temporary tour guides takes us to the Dubai fountains. This will be my first experience seeing any type of fountains and I am uncertain as to what to expect. The Burj Khalifa rises into the sky in front of me, forcing me to tilt my body backwards to see the very top.

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Headed for the Dubai fountains
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Burj Khalifa

The music starts, lights glow from within the water and suddenly the fountains start. They rise into the air and their dances starts. The fountains dance back and forth, hypnotizing me. The sound of water collapsing onto water fills the air, sounding almost like fire works. As the songs draws to an end, the fountains grow larger and larger, shooting into the air. I am astounded by the amazing display!

We head back to the hotel, exhausted by our busy first day. It’s about one in the morning and I feel my blinks become slow and heavy. When I collapse onto my bed I immediately drift off to sleep.

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