Posted by: Johan Normark | January 30, 2013

The United Arab Emirates

I am back from a short vacation in The United Arab Emirates. My wife, son and I went there in order to celebrate my wife’s birthday. This is also the first time I have stayed at a Hilton hotel (Hilton Ras al-Khaimah Resort & Spa to be specific). Hence, we stayed in Ras al-Khaimah, which is one of the seven emirates of this young country. Most people probably know about the city and emirate of Dubai, only 1.5 hour south of Ras al-Khaimah. Dubai is not the capital of the country, that is Abu Dhabi, but it is home of some of the world’s most interesting contemporary architecture and landscaping. A visit to Dubai without seeing Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, is impossible. It was also impossible to get the full height of this 829.8 m tall building in my camera lens. Let’s see if the building remind us that pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.


Right next to Burj Khalifa we have Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping mall (in terms of areal extent). The waterfall inside the building was really nice.


The world’s only 7-star hotel can also be found in Dubai, Burj al-Arab. Apparently there is another 7-star hotel under construction in Ras al-Khaimah.


Most of the time in the country we spent at the hotel which had a private beach. This short vacation was way better than last year’s short vacation to Egypt



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