I am in my new office. It is in the cafe of the Kempinski Hotel which is in the Mall of the Emirates. The luxury villa we have been lent by my old university chum doesn’t have internet access, so I have to come here to check my messages. There is an interesting view on the other side of the glass wall I am opposite.
What would you expect? Shops perhaps? A camel grazing peacefully? Wrong. There is a ski slope. It’s amazing. You go along, you pay around £15 per person and they give you skis, boots, helmets, poles and SNOW. The only thing you have to buy is gloves. We are booked in for 2pm. For a nervous (and rather reluctant) skier like myself, it’s ideal. There are no black runs to terrify me, or mountain drops, or hair-pin bends. And best of all, you are limited to two hours. Then you can go shopping.
I like Dubai so far. I am especially loving being in a home. This morning we went for a walk on the beach, then I did some yoga then we had a cooked breakfast (with baked beans, yum). This afternoon we will be skiing. This evening we will be swimming in the sea in front of the villa while my risotto simmers. There are many worse days to spend a Saturday.
Copyright: Helena Frith Powell 2008