Walking through those double doors was surreal. You’re greeted with not one, but three gigantic chandeliers in the three storey foyer. Decorated in whites, creams and gold, with a pianist entertaining on the grand piano, this hotel absolutely exudes opulence.
Until this trip, I’d never been to the United Arab Emirates. There’s some pretty wild misconceptions out there about this place so I was keen to go check it out for myself. I’m going to share with you some things…
Silfra Fissure is the resulting rift caused by the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates moving apart. The crystal-clear glacial waters make for amazing snorkelling in this colourful underwater wonderland.
The Polar Bear, the King of the Arctic, was just 200 metres ahead of me, camouflaged in front of an icy mound. He had heard us. He was watching us. He was working out whether he needed to prepare for battle.
Helmets and harnesses on, we stepped out into the 3 degree Celsius air and squinted through the morning mist to the stunning views out over Gordon Dam. Peering over the railing at water 47 storeys below is a strange feeling as your eyes try to adjust to the distance, and your brain tries to comprehend why the hell you want to jump over that railing?!