There are SO many pictures in this post. I hope you have a LARGE cup of coffee in front of you. But be warned, I did not take my large fancy schmancy camera. These pictures are off of my little sony wx9 and iPhone.
We went to Dubai, United Arab Emirates last week. It was a long plane flight and a week full of ups and downs. The upside was we were in an amazing city that is really only about 14 years old. It is beautiful, clean (as in, I couldn’t find one piece of trash on the ground and zero graffiti) and unbelievably modern. The downside included two very sick children (this was a Hawthorne family vacation of course). But, we plowed through like always and managed to have a great time.
The kids and I flew to Dubai to meet Jason after he had been in the Middle East for a while including stops in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Abu Dhabi. We met him at the tail end of his trip and were excited to do so. I think Jason took this picture from his hotel room when he first got to Dubai. I’d ask him but he’s all the way downstairs and I’m lazy.
**EDIT: I have been informed that this pictures IS from his hotel room, but was taken in Doha, Qatar. oops.
After finishing his biz-ness, Jason transferred hotels and we all rendez-vous’ed at The Atlantis Hotel on Palm Island. What a spectacular hotel, the entrance alone knocks your socks off.
After a good night’s rest we hit the kiddy water slides hard. Zane and Lily were having a blast despite the obvious fact that Lily was ill. She had been a mess the whole plane flight to Dubai and had started to run a fever. (Apparently some people missed the memo on “respectful swimsuits”.
The next day, all hell had broken loose. Both kids had raging fevers and were sick as dogs. A visit to the clinic revealed both of them had bad ear infections. In fact, Zane’s was so bad that the doctor was concerned and put us on ear drum rupture watch.
Outside of the Dubai mall is the Burj Khalifa. The tallest building in the world. Complete with a water show that is way better than the Bellagio’s in Vegas.
Fun Facts from Jason:
The Burj Khalifa is…
Taller than 2 empire state buildings stacked
Just shorter than 3 eiffel towers stacked
Just shorter than 5 washington monuments stacked
By the last day we gave up. We let the kids in the pool in spite of the doctors. Their little heads never went under the water and we had bought those little silicone thingies to stick in their ears. Don’t tell.
The day before we left, Zane had to go to an emergency ENT clinic to have his ears suctioned. Here we learned that his tubes had already fallen out and had been banging around his ear canal. We also learned that the infection was still rampant and he needed a heavy duty antibiotic, well, three to be exact. The child has an amazing pain tolerance. So while he and dad did all that, Lily and I spent our final hours on the beach making sandcastles.
I’ll say it again, Dubai is an amazing city and one that deserves respect. It was an exhausting week, but what vacation with children isn’t.