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Everyone that saw my stories from Dubai will know just how terrified I am of elevators! Before we went to Dubai we were given different activities to choose from and of course seeing the Burj Khalifa, the worlds tallest building on that list was an obvious decision for me. What I didn’t think of then is just how absolutely terrified I am of elevators and the tallest building in the world829 meters … 148 floors up, just saying!
Without exaggerating, I was nervous already the day before going to bed with butterflies in my stomach. I really feel discomfort in elevators, but it´s nothing that hinders my everyday life, but 148 floors! Wherever possible, I’d rather take the steps but I was told it would take nine(!) hours to get to the 148th floor. The elevator to the 124th floor took 77 seconds, it was so smooth, and you couldn’t tell that you were moving in one of the fastest elevators in the world, moving at a speed of 10 meters per second, the only reference I had that we were moving was my popping ears. They have also made a graphics showing on the side of the elevator walls, I had my eyes closed the whole way up, so I didn’t see this until I watched the GoPro video that Kirsty filmed afterward (full video soon here). But once at the top, it really was worth the initial anxiousness I experienced as the views were incredible. We were so lucky the visibility was great and we were given time to explore the 360-degree views, some of which was outside overlooking the fountains below. This is a ‘must do’ activity when visiting Dubai. You can just go to 125 floors but I would recommend spending a little extra and going to the very top of the ‘Sky Lounge’.
From one of the fastest elevators in the world to one of the fastest roller coasters, luckily I have a thing for speed, Motion Gate here we come! Motion Gate is a Hollywood-inspired theme park in Dubai with roller coasters that take you through the film world from Hunger Games to Dreamworks Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, and my absolute favorite Madagascar.
Later that evening we spent our last night at the exclusive Five Palm and ate dinner with the most amazing city view at trendy ´The Penthouse´ (link) which is part of the hotel but open to anyone who wants to have dinner or a drink at one of Dubai’s best rooftop bars.
We were picked up at 11 o’clock the next day and drove out to Al Maha (full blog post about Al Maha here) approximately 45 minutes from the city, in the middle of the desert, already upon arrival, I was filled with calm and harmony. The first Gazelle that I saw, made me jump with joy, camera, GoPro and mobile phone to document the tail wigging cuteness, what I didn’t know then was that the little cute gazelles gladly kept one company for breakfast lunch and dinner to see if they could get a little treat. In addition to Gazelles, we also saw camels for camel riding at sunset and to Kirstys joy, snakes! (she is terrified of them, but I love them and I used to have a pet snake called Bruce) We ordered dinner to our suit. Best ‘Galentine’s’ ever and much-needed relaxation, I can definitely see myself coming back to Al Maha again when I need to catch my breath and experience pure relaxation.
Our last activity in Dubai for this time included adrenaline for dinner hanging 50 meters up in the air. I usually eat my dinner at 11,000 meters something, but for some reason, it was scarier 50 meters up and it took until the main course to get used to the unusual dinner setting. You can find ‘Dinner in the Sky’ in several cities around the world and it is definitely something that I would love to do again, what a perfect way to get to know a new place and see it from quite an unusual perspective.
I am so grateful for all that I got to experience during my stay in Dubai, and I am forever thankful to @my.dubai and @visist.dubai for making this dream trip come true! And the biggest thanks to @kirstyrwilliams for coming with me and @insanityhq for making it all possible!
Visit Dubai: www.visitdubai.com/en
Burj Khalifa: www.burjkhalifa.ae
Motion Gate, Dubai: www.motiongatedubai.com
Dinner in the Sky, Dubai: www.dinnerinthesky.ae/en
Al Maha Hotel: www.al-maha.com
The Penthouse rooftop bar: www.fivehotelsandresorts.com