New Year's Eve is right around the corner (actually it's closer than that -- try TOMORROW NIGHT!!) and the options here in Dubai are endless! Every hotel restaurant is cooking up something special for the evening and every restaurant with a view of the Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab or the Atlantis Hotel have put together tremendous packages.
There will be magnificent fireworks displays at all three locations above -- and, undoubtedly, they will each be something to behold!!
Here is a sampling of some of Dubai's New Year's Eve events that we can choose from. Remember, Dhs is short for Dirham. Just divide the total cost in Dirhams by 3.65 to see how much it will cost us in US dollars!
Like I said, "Decisions, decisions!" Send donations please!!
JON AND JAS ARE IN THE AIR!! HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!
What does Christmas feel like in Dubai? Well, IT IS celebrated here -- as a matter of fact, our First Christmas In Dubai weekend literally started off with a bang....
(THIS VIDEO WAS TAKEN FROM ONE OF OUR BALCONIES!)
And instead of a white Christmas like back home, we were knee-deep in beautiful marigolds!
Our sky was a beautiful blue the entire weekend and our buildings were as spectacular as ever!
(THESE TWO PICTURES ARE OF THE BURJ KHALIFA...THE TALLEST BUILDING IN THE WORLD!)
And Santa did come to the UAE....he really did!!
On Christmas Eve John and I went to the Souk Madinat Jumeirah for dinner. We walked around first as there was a delightful Christmas Festival going on with lots to see and smell. And Christmas music was playing!
It was so much fun! The weather was absolutely gorgeous -- a perfect night to be walking about! And the festival was so.....so Christmasy!
There were activities to keep the adults happy and activities to entertain the children....
Then John and I saw something we had never seen before....bubbles, huge bubbles with people inside of them!
We stood there forever just watching the people bounce around in them! Sorry, the videos are a bit dark but you just have to see this!!
Soon it was time to head to the restaurant where John and I both decided that we just had to order a traditional turkey dinner. It was ohhhhh sooooo good!!! We had some pictures taken (of course!)....
And then we proposed a toast to each and every one of you! CHEERS!!
After our wonderful dinner we drove downtown to St. Mary's for midnight mass. We really didn't know what to expect. All we knew was that Christmas carols would be sung starting at 11:30PM.
When we were about a mile away from the church we started noticing a lot of people walking. John turned to me and asked, "You don't suppose these people are heading to church, do you?"
Well, guess what? He was correct! All of these people, as well as thousands (literally) more, were indeed church bound! John dropped me off and went to find a parking spot and I joined in the march to St. Mary's! The crowd was absolutely unbelievable!
When I finally entered into the church's courtyard it was filling up fast! I learned quickly that the church was full and that the halls were full! Our only choice was to stand in the courtyard, shoulder to shoulder amongst what John estimated to be about 7-8 thousand people!
The choir started singing Christmas carols. A nice breeze was blowing. People were excited. Children were dressed to the hilt!
There were Christmas lights and Christmas trees and a platform built where seven priests celebrated mass.
John and I agreed it was the most memorable midnight mass we had ever attended! It just goes to show you that no matter where in the world you are, Christmas is a joyful holiday to be celebrated!
And that is what Christmas feels like in Dubai! The only thing missing, of course, was you!
Ohhhhh, and Santa brought me EXACTLY what I wanted this year!!! Teddy, aka Ted, aka the Tedmeister, aka Little Tuffy woke up Christmas morning feeling much, much better!! Thank you, Santa!!