Site: The Pretty Side of United Arab Emirates / by Lynnea Schwieters

For Christmas 2014, my father and I traveled across the Atlantic Ocean to Dubai to visit my sister who is living and working there. This being my first encounter with a Muslim country, I wasn't sure what to expect but I was ready, as always, to be engrossed in the local flavor and culture.  Here are some snaps of my trip, 3 Emirates in total and experiences I will never forget!

View from the top! Burj Khalifa

View from the top! Burj Khalifa

A peek inside the beautiful hallways of the Burj

A peek inside the beautiful hallways of the Burj

Just about half of one of the worlds tallest buildings.

Just about half of one of the worlds tallest buildings.

A Souk near the Burj Khalifa

A Souk near the Burj Khalifa

Driving through the desert

Driving through the desert

Another Souk featuring traditional architecture. The towers serve as natural ventilation systems.

Another Souk featuring traditional architecture. The towers serve as natural ventilation systems.

A jaw dropping trip to the Grand Mosque

A jaw dropping trip to the Grand Mosque

Marble Inlay

Marble Inlay

Mosaic at Emirates Palace

Mosaic at Emirates Palace