What a wonderful outing this small group of explorers had in sunny Dubai.
First was an unexpected stop at the Jumeriah Al Naseem Hotel (Jumeriah Al Naseem – meaning sea breeze in Arabic). This luxury hotel forms part of a complex of four hotels at Madinat Jumeriah, stretching along the coastline. We were made to feel extremely welcome by the hotel staff who took us round the whole hotel resort, including being shown different styles of rooms.
The next stop was the Souk Madinat which houses traditional retail and dining outlets. After a short time to rest and take refreshments we ventured back on the coach for a short journey to The Green Plant.
I did not know anything about The Green Plant or what to expect, I was intrigued as I am sure others in our group were. We were not disappointed. What a fantastic place, a vertical world of colourful flora, fauna and wildlife. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable. She took us from the bottom atrium to the top ‘canopy’ level where we weaved our way down around a giant tree through the next three levels of the rain forest. We were able to touch, observe and discuss different types of wildlife that typically live in a rain forest. A very enjoyable and informative visit indeed.
~Contributed by Nicola French