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Ski Dubai and other thoughts

No, I did not go skiing. The snow/ice on a very short run might be fun with a friend, but not on my own.

But, it is a good example of the idea that anything can be built in Dubai.

Other observations:

1. Interesting architecture: some of the buildings are amazing with interesting designs.

2. Size: All of the buildings are big, and bigger. But each is part of a building complex that’s huge, and each is part of a neighborhood that is massive. There a a number of neighborhoods in Dubai.

3. It’s hot: It’s not summer yet and my temperatures ranged from 82 F to 107 F. That was still ok to go for a walk. People tell me you don’t go outside in the summer.

4. Cars: Everyone drives because it is hot and the city is so large and spread out. Also, every high end model of every car manufacturer is here. Every Uber ride was in a new Lexus.

5. Ramadan: During the day you don’t eat if you’re observing Ramadan. But many restaurants are still open, but they are covered up or blocked off. This is so you can’t see people eating. But right before sundown, you can see employees ready and waiting for the sound that says it’s ok to eat. In a mall, I saw ice cream scoopers standing and waiting to take down the black coverings from the ice cream freezers and start working. Also, many restaurants don’t serve alcohol at this time; see the 0% beer which needed ice because the cans were warm.

6. Shopping Malls: they are bigger than some towns in Minnesota and North Dakota. Much more opulent too.

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