Hi Everyone!
I have continued to have a wonderful time in the UAE. Luke and Cara are phenomenal hosts and have faithfully been showing me the high points of Dubai and the surrounding areas. Since my last post, we went to the Global Village, which had performers and markets from all over the world, several more malls, and have spent more time with friends. Yesterday we ventured to a neighboring emirate and had a great time.
Here are some pictures from this week:
In the background is the Burj Kalifa — the tallest building in the world. I haven’t been up in it yet, although that is on our agenda. This picture was taken as Cara and I were headed into the city to meet up with some people last week.

One of our mall adventures — this was in the India section.
Yesterday (Friday) we went to the zoo in Al Ain (in the next emirate). It was the best zoo I’ve ever been in, and had many, many lions!

Cara (with baby) and Luke at the zoo.

After the zoo, we went to Jabel Hafeet (Hafeet mountain) in Al Ain. It was gorgeous. We drove most of the way up, and then we hiked the rest.
We were able to climb a little higher to the very top of the mountain. There was an incredible 360 view of the city, built on an oasis, and the vast desert. In one direction a full moon rose as the sun set in the other.