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Dubai March/April 2017 LIVE - Day 5 - The Global Village And Some Malls!


I had hoped for a long lie in today - no such luck! I was awake at 6.30am again!

F and J were awake not long after and we woke O up at 7.30am as we were all starving.

O chose the downstairs restaurant. I had poached eggs with potatoes and toast! I enjoyed it a lot!

J and I then went to book a trip to the desert for tomorrow - unlike last year the kids were keen. The concierge here is fabulous - he asked about the Oman trip and remembered our details! Another early morning tomorrow then



After a slow start we took a cab to Festival City Mall - about 5 minutes from the hotel.

We came last year and quite liked it but this year we struggled. Lots of empty units and not an easy one to get around. There was a DIBB favourite there but no-one fancied a piece of cheesecake!

I got some PJ bottoms and F some running gear in Old Navy. O spent the whole time on Borders Book shop!



Lunch was in the food court. O had fish and chips, F a very spicy veggie burger (which she ate much to my surprise) and I had a mango, strawberry, orange and mint smoothie which was delicious.

J was feeling a little under the weather so had nothing!



Afterwards there was a fountain to music display in the Creek. Not on a par with similar ones I have seen!



Being light didn't help. F and I moved back but the boys liked the water spray!



After a rest time back at the hotel, we caught a cab to the Global Village at about 3.45pm. We had debated taking public transport but the thought of an 8 minute walk, followed by a 3 stop metro trip and then 30 minutes on a bus didn't fill us with much joy. The 15 minute/50dhs taxi ride was more palatable and probably not that much more expensive!



We arrived just as it opened. It was 60dhs / 15euros of the 4 of us.

Global Village is a bit of an Epcot World showcase type thing that is open for a few months each year. I don't think it is quite in the same league and each country has lots of stalls trying to sell things. As you saw the same things in several different places you had to wonder at the actual origin of much of the stuff.



Thankfully there weren't too many people! There are some live shows but we didn't stay long enough.



The African pavilion was probably one if the better ones on terms of what they had to sell. And we learnt that Yemen produces honey as nearly every stall sold just that!



Our only purchase was a traditional Arabic headgear for J - 40dhs/13 euros in the UAE pavilion.



Don't get me wrong, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves but probably not as the organisers expected

One of the highlights was the placing of these two pavilions next to each other - what do they know that we don't?

It was really getting busy (not our thing) so we had done what we wanted to and left at 5.45pm.



J had lost his sunglasses yesterday (a regular occurrence - hence why he only had fairly cheap ones from Decathlon)!

There was a Decathlon at another nearby mall - Mirdif City Centre Mall. The sunglasses were duly acquired as were a hat for J, three t-shirts for F at The Children's Place and finally a book for O who again spent the whole time in a book shop!



Dinner was at Californian Pizza Kitchen. O had a mushroom pizza, I had a margarita one and F had fried mac n cheese which she loved! J had some of the pizzas.

The kids had dessert at Cold Stone Creamery as F fancied ice cream and this was something we don't have at home. F's peanut butter cup delight was lovely but I wasn't do keen on O's chocolate feast - but as I wasn't the one eating them it wasn't a big deal!

We got another cab back to the hotel.



After a half hour rest we are now down at the pool. The kids and J are racing - there may be some cheating going on

Will be back up to bed shortly as another early day tomorrow!


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another fab day - thanks again for sharing. Never heard of Global Village - looks like an interesting place
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An interesting day - wot no cheesecake shocker !
And another excursion to look forward to tomorrow.
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Another great day. I too am not fussed on the cheesecake from CF!
What's the weather like? It looks nice but just wondered on temps?
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The malls look amazing and the Global Village looks interesting.
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another fab day - thanks again for sharing. Never heard of Global Village - looks like an interesting place
It was interesting - but very slightly odd

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An interesting day - wot no cheesecake shocker !
And another excursion to look forward to tomorrow.
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Spoiler - there may have been cheesecake today

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Another great day. I too am not fussed on the cheesecake from CF!
What's the weather like? It looks nice but just wondered on temps?
It is about 30C - so perfect really! Though the forecast says it is heading to the high 30s over the weekend!

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The malls look amazing and the Global Village looks interesting.
The malls are smething else - so many of them too!

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