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My Trip to Dubai - Recap with Photos!
For those who missed it, a little over a month ago I spent 17 days in the United Arab Emirates for an international immersion with my graduate school. Since I went as part of a program, in addition to all the fun cultural excursions, I attended lectures and visited businesses around the city to learn about Dubai, the UAE, and the Middle East. It was eye-opening and I learned more than I imagined possible. It is remarkable what can be done with a large influx of money, good governance, and the example of other countries to follow. Dubai is truly is a model of opportunity and a one-of-a-kind place.
This experience was unforgettable as it was filled with firsts for me. Dubai is home to the world's tallest building - the Burj Khalifa, the world's richest hotel - the Burj Al-Arab, and the world's first man-made islands - the Palm Jumeirah, and I had the opportunity to see it all and more. I went snowboarding in a mall in the middle of the desert, bargained for one-too-many pashminas, rode a camel, saw a world-record-breaking firework display, had high tea at the Burj Al-Arab, got a henna tattoo, visited the Grand Mosque, rode the world's fastest roller coaster, watched a cricket game, went to the top of the world's tallest building, went dune bashing, visited the US Consulate, met some pretty important people and had an overall amazing time! I highly recommend visiting this area to fellow travel enthusiasts. It was wonderful and the hospitality was great. And without further ado, here are some photos of my trip: