Again, and I cannot stress enough how thankful I am to everyone who took me in this year, I was fortunate to stay with a friend who showed me some of the best the city had to offer. This is one of the best things about travelling - the people :)
So, merely days after it was officially opened, the Tallest Building In The World stood towering above the Emirates as I flew in over the Gulf and landed in some very welcome sunshine. I took the Newest Metro In The World and after putting down some bags, took a taxi to the Most Expensive Marina in the World. I navigated the Most Non-Existent Footpaths In The World, and after crossing an 8 lane highway, walked past the Royal Palace and the Biggest Fake Palm Island In The World to the Most Expensive And Exclusive Hotel In The World.
Later that night, a very friendly friend of a friend came by to take me to the Biggest Mall Outside The US, which is home to the Biggest Aquarium Inside A Mall. Outside, the Tallest Building In The World was lit by millions of lights and if that wasn't enough to get your attention, at it's feet was the Nicest Water and Light Show In The World. Just because.
The next day, with nothing planned and a slight feeling I was missing out on something, I began to trawl the internet. What to do in this most strange city, built on sand? Why, take a 4WD safari trip, that's what! At 1.30pm, I organised a pick-up at my room at 3pm, and the next 6 hours were filled with about as much sand as I could handle.
That night, with a belly full of Arabian BBQ and my henna tattoo staining the sheets, I lay in bed and thought a lot of thoughts, some of which I still haven't figured out.
And the next day, I went home.