After checking taking a few pictures we hopped back onto the school bus and went to a modern souk that is actually part of a hotel. Things were a little overpriced at Souk Madinat Jumeriah, but it was fun to see some of the more traditional trinkets that the UAE has to offer (while still in an air-conditioned environment). I am especially taken by the rugs and can not wait to go on a trip to the best rug souk in a few weeks.
Our next stop was to get a close up view of Burj Al Arab-the "World's Only 7-Star Hotel." You cannot go in the building unless you are a guess or book a tour. (It's the white building the the photos above.)
Next we went to an older souk in the heart of Dubai. One section was the Gold Souk with dozens of shops selling lots of gold (and a little silver), and another section was the Spice Souk. Clearly, I had more fun in the Spice Souk.
We also hopped on a water taxi to check out a cannal and cool off a bit. It was a quick ride that cost only 1 dihram each way.
Lastly, we went to the Dubai Mall to have some lunch and check out the world's largest mall, which is connected to the world's tallest building, Burj Kalifa. The mall is HUGE. It has different sections that feel like different neighborhoods, and it would be easy to spend an entire day walking around the place and still not cover the entire mall. There's an aquarium, an ice rink, a dinosaur museum, movie theaters, hotels, and so much more all within the mall. We only had two hours, so we ate, went out to see Burj Kalifa, and then navigated our way back to where the bus was picking us up.
Dubai is a great place to visit, and I love that it is only an hour and a half away from our place in Abu Dhabi!