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Taking Dubai: Week 1 Round-Up

Well, you probably figured out that my intentions to blog each day during my Dubai adventure didn't pan out. Our days are filled until late night and the internet is unreliable.

But, I have the time today for a round-up of the first week!

The only word I can think of to describe this place is AMAZING. From the people, the culture(s), business environment, the architecture, to the food... everything is different, yet amazing. I have to remind myself often that I'm really here and that I am experiencing the UAE both as a professional and a vacationer.

The first three days were the most difficult in terms of adjusting. It took some time to get familiar with navigating the city, the time difference (eight hours ahead here), the customs, and the food. I'm not sure any of us really know what day it is right off even now. And, when I message the hubby and parents I expect an immediate response even though I know it's 2 a.m. back home.

So, to catch up and keep myself on track, here's what we've been up to.

Thursday we had an easy day of resting. That evening we headed to Dubai Mall and chose the perfect restaurant for an amazing view of the water show.

Friday we woke up early and headed to the Palm Islands and toured Atlantis. Here are a few pics of the view from the metro.
Heading into the city.
The view of Jumeirah Beach.

Saturday was the BEST day thus far! We departed in the afternoon for a desert safari.
The sand was so cool... I didn't expect that!
Chloe (student) and I on Miguel, the camel
This one had a biting problem...
Students, Dylan & Marcus. We represent well.
Watching the sun set with Hillary and Logan.
 
The following day it was straight to work! The students met their PR client. The view from the company's office is stunning.
You can see the ocean peeking through!
 
Monday was probably the second best day thus far. Why you ask? Because I basked in the sun on Jumeirah Beach. The Persian Gulf, or Arabian Gulf as the locals refer to it, was the most beautiful, blue color and was so warm. I felt like a Persian goddess (not really, but I wish).
 

And the last two days the students have visited PR firms and worked on their class project. Tomorrow we dine at our client's home! We are all so excited to get "fancied up." Here's to hoping I can share more daily!

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