My legs were turning slightly to jelly in this photo, as we were about to embark on an adventure to the top of the Burj Khalifa, which is the world’s tallest building. I’m afraid of heights you see, as in, I can’t go to the top of the ladder without feeling sick and a tiny ferris wheel gives me a border line panic attack. A couple of minutes after this photo was taken, my legs started to shake uncontrollably under my maxi dress, which was a bit of a worry when I was still quite a distance away from the building!
(How bloggers take photos of really tall buildings, the view of Dubai + taking a selfie of myself at the top)
Before I could blink, we were in the elevator and heading to the top – I was wondering if I’d made the wrong decision to join in with this activity right about now! The ride itself took about a minute and it’s really pretty, as they dim the elevator lights right down. When the doors open you see a magical white space and it feels like you’re landing in the clouds. This is where I’d normally be a bowl of jelly on the ground, but I felt so incredibly safe when I stepped out onto the floor and not one tiny butterfly or moment of panic entered my stomach. I even ventured over to the edge, so I could take a quick photo of the view.
I feel pretty wrapped with myself that I conquered my fear and can now tick this off my bucket list. Later in the week I’m going to do this for a second time and take a seaplane tour over Dubai – wish me luck friends!
On the next leg of our journey, we had a mini tour of The Dubai Mall, which is the world’s largest shopping mall. Long term readers will know that I’m not particular into shopping, but I bought lots of presents while I was here. Lots! I know I’m saying that everything in Dubai is amazing, but it really is. I kept walking around with my jaw gaping to the ground, because there is literally so much to look at and everything is just beyond beautiful. The window displays are insane and there is an aquarium in the mall, with a 10 million litre tank! I felt like I was going to cry when I saw the tank, because it was just so beautiful and crazy at the same time.
Running through the entire height of the mall is a massive waterfall (yes!) and I actually had to really hold back my tears when we saw this. I’d spent ages looking at the waterfall on Google before we came, as I found it quite fascinating and I guess with the excitement of the trip, plus a slight lack of sleep and wishing that my family were here to share it all with, made the emotions take over.
There are also sea otters, penguins, sharks, an ice skating rink and a dinosaur at the mall. Yes, a dinosaur! The dinosaur belongs to the family Diplodocidae and the skeleton was discovered in 2008 at the Dana Quarry in Wyoming, USA, and then air freighted to Dubai. I really wasn’t expecting to stumble across this in the mall, so it really was a treat to find.
I still have so much more that I want to share with you, but I’ll save that for another post. I’m being a bit lazy right now, writing from the big comfortable bed in my room. There’s a desk here to use, but I’m making the most of squishing myself between the sheets and the huge pillows instead. I’ll write a separate post about the Shangri-La hotel in a few more days, but for now I think I’ll jump in the shower to refresh and go for a little wander around.