Joining the Clipper Odyssey in Dubai at the start of the ‘Sands of Time’ cruise

I arrived in Dubai to join the small cruise ship ‘Clipper Odyssey’ on which I would give lectures about this region to the passengers along with Allan Langdale and Gary Wintz .

Burj Khalifa
Burj Khalifa

Remarkably Zegrahm’s (who had organised the Clipper Odyssey) had booked me into the hotel I slept in when first visiting Dubai in 1986, the Hyatt Regency. The hotel must have been refurbished since then but its essence remains, including the fantastic revolving restaurant with great views over the creek of Dubai and beyond.

Atlantis from our Yacht
Atlantis from our Yacht

The next day we ascended Burj Khalifa and took lunch in Atlantis, which frankly was overwhelming with a strange layout for the buffet and food not as good as the Hyatt’s and finished a fantastic day with a yacht cruise around the Palm Island & Atlantis.

Author: Tony Walsh

Book author including the current Bradt guide to Oman – edition 4

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