Wow ! What a culture shock. There is no place like Dubai. I don’t even know where to start. Flat sandy desert, extravagant buildings, including the tallest building in the world that has been just being completed. 26 cranes downtown building massive office and hotel towers. Enormous shopping malls with indoor ski hills, hockey rink, aquariums and the largest candy and toy stores in the world. There are five lane modern double highways leading to places like the giant Burj Al Arab sail shape hotel followed by the new Atlantis of the Palm Hotel on the man made Jumeirah Palm Island. The island is made up of 17 palms which we were very happy with since 17 is known to be our families lucky number. Nice white sand beaches with warm Arabian ocean water. Rich people everywhere from all walks of life and Arabs with countless wives. “poor buggers”. But strangely over the course of a week, we realized that Dubai lacks culture and made us feel empty inside. One thing that contributes to Dubai’s lack of culture is that the majority of people are not from Dubai and are simply working there from other countries just working in Dubai to make a living. It is a weird, weird place. One thing we discovered is that it is not as expensive as people think. We found the shopping, eating and entertainment to be quite reasonable compared to most European countries. In fact Jessica and Drew cracked open their wallets and purchased big ticket items for the first time on the trip. Jess bought an Ipod and Drew bought a skate board that he plans to carry for the remainder of the trip. Good luck with that Drew. Our accommodations were a little pricey, but it was brand new and had a full kitchen with a separate master bedroom. The highlight was definitely the indoor skiing at the Emerites Shopping Mall. It was 35 C outside and -5 C at the ski hill. The kids really enjoyed it and skied from the beginning right until closing. Lyane and I quite after about two hours, because…… are you ready…. we were too cold! How embarrassing ! So the next day it was back to the beach with hot sun, warm sand and bath temperature ocean waters. Good Bye Dubai !