Million Dollar Day

I boarded another bus to Dubai. This time with Women in Abu Dhabi (WIAD), a 30-year old group of expat women from all over the globe. I sat with my friend Beth and we chatted the whole way. As we  looked out the window, the magnificent Burj Al Arab Hotel came into view. We crossed the bridge road to the amazing building, completed in 1999, and our jaws dropped.

We entered the hotel and again our jaws dropped. The colors, the grandeur, the dancing waters, the real gold in the arches and columns filled my eyes.

This beautiful building is a project of love and a gem to the people of Dubai. We had a lovely tour, brunch and photo ops. It’s truly a place of a million dreams.

To finish my continuing education of the day, I attended an event featuring Ali Alsaloom, the founder and cultural consultant to this region. He is the answer man behind the “Ask Ali” newspaper columns, book, Facebook page, Twitter and tour icon. He guided us through rich stories of history, religion, culture and etiquette. He is a dynamic speaker and intriguing story teller. Ali shared a million smiles as he imparted lessons of Arab traditions.

I feel even more blessed to be here, in the UAE, and meeting such fabulous, generous and inspiring people.

Go out and have a million dollar day!

Aloha,

Denise

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