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Sunday, 22 December 2019

Dubai with the Kruselings

They have come along like buses - 2 work trips overseas in close succession (first time that has happened for me) and Kruselings (an expanding family).

My two Myanmar inspired Kruselings are not the only ones. Michael and Sofia decided to come with me on a very short work trip to Dubai in early December when I presented at an education conference at a smart hotel close to the International airport in Dubai.

In my hotel room was a bowl of roses. Sofia was glad because her t-shirt says 'Stop & smell the roses'.
Michael and Sofia with the roses in the hotel room
On the second morning, Michael and Sofia discovered it had rained during the night! However the sky was clearing and by the afternoon it was warm and sunny again - winter in Dubai is considerably warmer than winter in England, though it wasn't unbearably hot when I was outdoors.

Rain in Dubai!
Michael and Sofia look out at the rain drenched pool garden in Dubai
When the conference finished later that day many of those attending had an excursion to the Dubai Global Village, via open topped buses. I took Sofia and Michael with me in the camera bag as I suspected there would be a photo opportunity for them.

The journey took an hour. It was fascinating to see the amount of construction work which is going on as Dubai, a very young city, as it continues to grow.

Dubai buildings in the distance

Construction work

Dubai buildings all vying to be the tallest and smartest

The tallest building in the world - the Burj Khalifa
The city is built on the edge of the desert on the shores of the Persian gulf.

Dubai mosque in the desert

Very manicured parks filled with palm trees between motorway junctions in Dubai

The Global Village is a giant theme park in the Dubai desert, with large buildings representing many countries and regions around the world - it is like a large movie set, with heritage village, showgrounds and a fairground. It is open for 6 months of the year, in the winter, because it would be too hot in the summer.

First sight of the Dubai Global Village

In the Dubai Global Village

World destinations sign post

The heritage village section showed what homes were like before the small pearl fishing village expanded when oil was discovered in the 1960s.

Inside a typical Dubai home pre 1970s

Wardrobe of colourful clothes in the traditional Dubai house

A doll used to show the baby in its crib, a sewing machine and a chest in the traditional Dubai house
The veranda of the traditional Dubai house - some seating is cushions on the floor

A woman was serving chai (tea) or coffee in little paper cups to anyone who wanted it as she sat and crocheted in the veranda of the house, she gave me permission to take her photo as she did her crochet (once she had drawn her veil over her head) but I've decided not to share the photo online.

The outside of the traditional Dubai house

Traditional nomad tent houses, with women working on outdoor weaving looms
One of the shows was a display of Arabian dance skill called 'Yula' - tossing rifles in the air in a dance.

'Yula' at the Dubai Global Village
Buildings from the around the world were represented side by side. In each of the country areas (pavilions) there were markets setting souvenirs and food of those countries and regions.

The Burj Khalifa replica
Russia and USA buildings side by side at the Dubai Global Village

Westminster representing the UK and the leaning tower of Pisa representing Italy

Dusk at the Dubai Global Village
Fire Fountain lake (fountains not in play at that point)
The very grand entrance to the Iran pavilion

On the side of the India building was a display of vivid fabric and dolls/puppets

The India dolls/puppets

Closer view of some of the India dolls/puppets

Thailand pavilion

The Gallopers/Carousel at the fairground with Arabian horses
There was a sign about the Arabian horses on the Gallopers/Carousel

Dubai Global Village mosque

The fairground in the distance at dusk

The America's pavilion

The United Arab Emirates pavilion at night

At the entrance to the Europe pavilion were some Irish dancers...

...and a Scottish piper at the Europe pavilion

Fire Fountain lake reflecting all the lights from the buildings

Michael and Sofia looking towards the Burj Khalifa and Sydney opera house in the distance

The lights on the buildings were changing colour all the time

Sofia and Michael at Dubal Global Village
On the way back to the hotel we went past the world's most luxurious hotel - the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah.

The Burj Al Arab Jumeirah at night

Burj Al Arab Jumeirah at night, side view (it is shaped like a giant sailboat sail)

Back at the hotel Sofia and Michael admired the Christmas decorations in the large atrium at the centre of the hotel. A snow scene with polar bears, reindeer and snowmen in the heart of an Arabian hotel.

The giant Christmas tree under the dome in the atrium

The snow village in the atrium

The snow village in the atrium - earlier the tables were thronged with families having their dinner

The atrium ceiling was decorated with frescos

The reindeer and snowman in the snow village

A little Christmas tree with a sprite or fairy

The sprite/fairy

Examples of wedding cake designs in a display cabinet in the hotel atrium
Michael and Sofia peer down at the atrium decorated for Christmas

Michael and Sofia in the hotel atrium
At the airport in the early hours of the morning (my flight left at 3:10am) Michael and Sofia found a camel who decided he wanted to come home with us.

The Dubai camel who bravely travelled to rainy England in my hand luggage
Over a week later, back at home, Sasha baby Nina was introduced to the new member of the family by Sofia and Michael. Nina was wearing the Christmas outfit we won in the SCW raffle this year.

Michael, Nina and Sofia meet the camel from Dubai

Nina and Sofia greet the camel

Michael, Nina, camel and Sofia

A lovely close up of baby Nina, with Michael and the camel (I was experimenting with my macro lens)

Michael, Nina, camel and Sofia with the Advent calendar - this camel has travelled far like the camels in the calendar

A few days earlier camel posed with our SCW charity course doll in memory of my brother

Our SCW charity doll and camel with poinsettia and Table Mountain

It was fascinating visiting Myanmar and Dubai for work reasons and I'm glad I was able to bring back doll related souvenirs from each place.


Dee said...

Looks like you and The Kruslings are getting about over the last few months enjoying seeing different parts of the world.
Thanks for sharing with us

Dorothy In PA said...

Thank you for taking us along on your journey. I love being an "armchair" traveler as, otherwise, I might never get to locations far away.

It looks like the children had a wonderful and educational trip. It was lucky that you found a camel to take home, as I understand camels do not need too much care (chuckle).

Wishing you and your family (human and doll) a joyous holiday and a blessed new year.

Rachel said...

Sofia and Michael are the perfect sized travelling companions and you found the perfect sized camel. There was so much to see! They even have a Sydney Opera house. Merry Christmas to all at your house.

twizel said...

WOW, how wonderful that you went to Dubai. I am petrified of heights so it would probably have to be a Nomad tent for me.I hope you and the family have a great Christmas.