The Blantons Do Dubai – Part 1

I mentioned a few weeks back, my in-laws troubles traveling to Dubai from the states – well, they made it! After a grueling two days of travel (SDF –> ATL, missing connection led to sleeping overnight in ATL, then –> LGA, a mad dash to JFK, without their bags, but bags be damned, they were going to fly the Emirates A380 to Dubai), the foursome arrived in DXB! Of course, it was raining (only the second time I’ve seen rain since we moved here), but the skies cleared shortly after they landed, and everyone was in high spirits despite the tough travel experience. (And no worries, their bags arrived, spread out over two days, but arrived nonetheless!)

A peek through a gate at some lovely Arabic rugs and fabrics in Bur Dubai

A peek through a gate at some lovely Arabic rugs and fabrics in Bur Dubai

The crew hit Bur Dubai first to get a genuine taste of the city, shortly contrasted by a trip to Mall of the Emirates to get some much needed clothes until their suitcases arrived. Mission accomplished! Everyone was pooped, and rightfully so, so we had an early dinner and bedtime.

Christmas Eve was uber festive, and very Dubai, with a boat trip up the coast to see the Burj al Arab, downtown Dubai, the Palm and ending back at the Marina. My friend, Virginia, arranged the whole thing, and her family was in town as well, so it was great to bring our two great Southern families together 😉

Some shots I stole from Todd, Virginia and Ryland of our afternoon on the gulf

Some shots I stole from Todd, Virginia and Ryland of our afternoon on the gulf

We went to a very festive, multicultural Christmas Eve church service at Fellowship of the Emirates, followed by an equally festive turkey dinner (best Todd’s ever had!) at Ruth’s Chris (apparently our American holiday hot spot!)

I’ll end today’s post with Christmas Day 2013. As I’ve found with Dubai in general is that its a meeting of cultures: on Christmas Day we to the Center for Cultural Understanding for a traditional Emirati breakfast (my favorite thing to do with visitors!), ending Christmas Day with Thai food at Mango Tree and of course, our Secret Santa gift exchange – all in all, a fabulous Christmas! Tomorrow I’ll bring you part two of the trip. Until next time…

Curry popping a pin onto Memphis, TN at the Center for Cultural Understanding - the first!

Curry popping a pin onto Memphis, TN at the Center for Cultural Understanding – the first!

Visiting our friend at the calligraphy shop, where Curry learned how to spell her name in Arabic

Visiting our friend at the calligraphy shop, where Curry learned how to spell her name in Arabic

 

3 responses to “The Blantons Do Dubai – Part 1

  1. Looks awesome! The boyfriend’s parents are coming to town, I’ll probably bring them as well to Center of Cultural Understanding. 🙂

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