The beaches, like the streets are immaculate.
Our hotel has 600 rooms, a nice size hotel, but with 22 restaurants and 40 stores?
The Emirates Mall and the Dubai Mall are so massive that nothing could make it feel crowded. There are 1250 stores in one mall. My son wanted sunglasses, we passed five sunglasses stores on the way to the bathroom.
The perfect representation of Dubai is the Mall of Emirates. It is there that my kids could ski and tube at the indoor ski resort, while it's 95 degrees outside. As my children played in the snow my wife and I drank coffee at the St. Moritz restaurant, complete with a video of a fire in the fireplace and the smell of burning Aspen trees, which sprayed over our heads via a fragrance pump that hung above the restaurant.
Oh yes, and I finally found an open Borders Book store.
There is no recession here. The malls are open until midnight, at 11:00 it was well-trafficked.
Dubai is a city of visitors. With a population of 6 million, 4.5 million are foreigners, mostly Pakistanis, Indians and Filipinos, all looking for work. The guests are 70% Russian.
The Barj Kalipha, the tallest building in the world has a telescope where you can find hot spots around the city and then push a button and it shows you what it looked like 20 years ago when it was a wasteland.
Vegas-Style the Dubai Mall has an aquarium and a dancing water show.
When we were told to go to the Souk, I pictured the stone alleys of Jerusalem, but instead I found a dirty street filled with Indian expats selling knock-off Hermes bags.
This place is a combination of DisneyLand without the charm, Vegas without the gambling or alcohol. It's a Twinkie town. Tastes good, but feels a bit empty.