Oct 21, 2013 – DUBAI, UAE
A wake up call at around 5AM was made by the receptionist of the Hotel and then Mass was celebrated at 6AM in Qadar 2 of Grand Belle Vue Hotel, Tecom Media City, Dubai.
Fr. Roming Subaldo was the one presiding at the Mass and preached. He preached about Tithing and Sharing. “We buy many things in Dubai and the Holy land to be brought to Philippines and hope to unload them by sharing them to others too,” according to him.
After the Mass, we had our breakfast. Mary Ann Rodis, a friend of mine working in Dubai fetched us at the Hotel and brought us to the airport for check in at around 9AM. After checked in we went to Dubai Mall, strolled for awhile, have pictures at the Aquarium and proceeded to Burj Khalifa for a ride.
Burj Khalifa, at 828 meters and 160 floors is the world’s tallest structure by a long shot, over 300 meters taller than the previous contender in Taipei, Taiwan. The observation deck at the 124th floor, where we took pictures, is the 2nd highest in the world after the Shanghai World Financial Center. Already dominating the Dubai skyline, this newly opened tower houses nine hotels and a Las Vegas-inspired fountain system. The visitors’ entrance is located at the lower ground floor of Dubai Mall. Although the tour is called At The Top be aware that it is not! Although the observation deck is the highest open deck in the world, at 452 meters it’s just over halfway up the tower itself. Console yourself with the knowledge that most of the rest of the of the tower consists of service areas and the view below looks suitably ant-like. Tickets costs Dhs 125 for a timed entry tickets, usually later the same day, or Dhs 400 if you do not want to wait. Tickets can sell out several days in advance, and it is advisable to book them online ahead of your visit.
After the ride to the top of the Burj Khalifa, we went to Dubai Mall and I bought a McBook for around P 61,000.00 in Philippine peso. We have lunch at Atlantis Hotel and then proceeded to Dubai International Airport at around 4:30PM.
We left for Manila, Philippines at 6:15pm (Dubai time), on time, and arrived Manila at 6:20AM (Philippine time) on October 22, 2013 the next day. Marigem Wright, one of our co-pilgrims, fetched me and Fr. Estong Bendita at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1. We had our breakfast at Aristocrat Restaurant at Roxas Boulevard, courtesy of Marigem. She brought us to V Hotel in Adriatico Street, Malate, Manila and rested and slept the whole day.
MORE PHOTOS IN DUBAI COURTESY OF MS. MARY ANN RODIS
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