After the souk we made our way to the Jumeirah Mosque which we thought was open to the public from 9-5 but when we got there they said it was only open from 10-11 to the public. That was a bummer but I still got some awesome pics of the outside. There are two separate prayer rooms, one for men and one for women. Outside of them were rows of shoes and you could see men exiting as they finished they’re prayers.
Next we went to Filly’s a franchised cafe that feels like Starbucks. Filly’s is known for their saffron chai tea so of course I had to try it! It was really good but of all the Chai I’ve tried on my short trip, my favourite is still the 1 dhm chai from paragon. You can’t go wrong when it’s only 1 dhm 🙂
Then we made our way to sunset beach️. The perfect name for it because the sunset I saw that evening was so amazing. I went into the water for a little dip but since it’s not as hot at this time of year the water was a little chilly for me to stay in too long so I got out and relaxed on the beach until my brother was ready to go and the sun had set.
We headed home to shower, relax and change before heading out to the last stop of the day: the Burj khalifa.
To be honest I almost skipped this because I figured a view is a view is a view. I’ve seen the view from the Empire State Building and figured it wouldn’t be that different. However, I’m really glad we came at night and at especially at that time. Usually for the sunrise views the lines are insane and it takes a few hours just to get to the elevator. When we went around 9:30pm, there was no line at all. No crowds. Just us. Not surprisingly, the ticket price menu and the person at the front only advertised option for the more expensive tickets for the 148 floor observatory for 500 dhm during prime hours (before 6pm) and discounted to 300 dhm after 7pm. There is another option which is less expensive to visit the 124/125 floors and it only cost 110 dhm almost one third of the price! Obviously we chose that option. From this level we got to see the amazing view of Dubai, and I snapped some great pics outside on the observatory where they even have tripods available for you!!
We realized that the dancing fountain show would be starting soon and found out that we could view it from up here. I was so excited. Watching the show from above was spectacular. My first night in Dubai, I saw some of it to the music of mission impossible and it was cool but that show was cut short and I was a bit disappointed. This totally made up for that. From above with this view you can see exactly why they’re called the dancing fountains. The show was amazing. Each movement of water perfectly choreographed to the music. Mind blowing. The show starts every 30 minutes and so we watched another one because each time the show is different. The second show was to Arabic music and was so beautiful.
Here’s the Clip of the Dancing Fountain Show:
The music was: “Time To Say Goodbye” (Con Te Partirò) – SARAH BRIGHTMAN And ANDREA BOCELLI but is muted by YouTube due to copyright
Here’s a clip of the Arabic Dancing Fountains Show:
Another cool thing at the Burj Khalifa were these interactive machines that you could point to anywhere and zoom in to the city. There were options to view the present time view, day time, night time and historic view. It was pretty impressive to switch from historic to present day and see how much the city has developed in such a short amount of time.
Dubai Mall Aquarium
After completing our visit to the burj Khalifa, we walked through the mall and went by the aquarium. Since the mall was closed, the aquarium lights were turned off but it was still amazing. It looked so unreal and it’s crazy that this huuuuuuuge fish tank is in the middle of a MALL!! I wish I saw it with the lights on. But I think with the lights off it made it more creepy and that much more exciting to witness.
Clip of the Aquarium:
Home time. On to Bangkok in the morning.