Wednesday, January 28, 2009

About My 2008/2009 Vacation

I've been wanting to blog about this for a while, so here it goes.

I spent my Christmas vacation this year in Dubai, and I got to see a lot of interesting things, such as the world's new highest tower (higher than CN), one of the world's largest malls (slightly larger than Edmonton's), a 7-star hotel that looks like a sail, an indoor skiing/snowboarding hill, palm artificial islands, and a hotel that is partially underwater and has a massive aquarium.

Best of all, through a friend of mine who works in technology in Dubai, I got to go to a programming user group meeting that had Matt Mullenweg from WordPress/Automattic.

Here are some photos from the trip:

Highest tower in the world (Burj Dubai)

Atlantis Hotel partially underwater at the head of the palm artificial islands

7-star hotel that looks like a sail (Burj al Arab)

Foggy skyscrapers

Indoor skiing/snowboarding hill

Me and a snowboard on the indoor hill

User group meeting with Matt from WordPress


Chris Aniszczyk (zx) said...

Dubai is on my list of places to visit this year. Solely because I want to board inside that structure...

Andy Maleh said...

lol, that's exactly what I did. I just added one more photo of me with a snowboard. ;)

joppu said...

I work at Sphere Networks, a completely Dubai based software company making network management tools in Eclipse. Next time you're here let us know! Btw, what kind of programming user groups was this? Could you please give some more info on that group. Thanks.

Andy Maleh said...

Sounds good joppu.

That was a WordPress programmers/users meeting done in honor of having Matt visiting Dubai at the time. I'm not sure it's a regular meeting, but the guys who arranged it work for this company. Hope that helps.