We were met at the airport by a representative of Arabian Adventures Tours and transferred to our hotel. The same company was conducting the pre booked tour we were taking the next day. Our hotel room was very nice indeed. We had been more or less awake for about 48 hours and so bed was very welcome.
It was little bizarre that the bathroom had a large window through to the sleeping area. Do you really want to watch your loved one in the bathroom? Fortunately it had solid doors that could close, and we did. The shower cubicle was about 1 metre by 2.5 metres.....huge, and with a seat at one end. See part of the massive shower head.
The hotel foyer. If there is one thing the UAE does well, it is air conditioning......everywhere.
Our landing. See the yellow pattern on the carpet? I kept thinking it was vacuum cleaner electrical cords and I was hoping not to trip on them.
The staircase, with an escalator either side.
Within the the hotel was a replica British pub and it was very authentic, including a faux electric fire. We arrived on the Sunday and the following day was a day of national celebration or special Moslem holiday. Something like that. As a consequence, no alcohol could be served from 7pm Sunday night until 6pm the following night. What???? First day of holidays and no wine? While we did have duty free spirits, we don't generally have any until well after dinner. Eventually we discovered we could have a bottle of wine sent up to our room and though expensive, that is what we did. I think we dined at the Chelsea pub both nights of our stay. The food was good.
We needed a few dirham, the local currency, in our pockets, so we went to the bank next door to the hotel. This camel guarded the entrance.
One view of the exterior of the hotel. It is a small building compared to most of the buildings in Dubai.
Here is another. Note how the facade seems two dimensional. We were in about the middle of what you can see.
Whether you like modern buildings and architecture or not, there are some extremely interesting high rise buildings in Dubai.
This looked like a golf ball, complete with dimples atop the towering building. It was very distinctive and so we used it to get our bearings when out the next day.
There were plenty of people out strolling along the bank of the creek. The cats preferred some idle time.
Gazing out over the creek.
A rather grand telephone box.
A nearby mosque.