Travels to the United Arab Emirates / by Krista Boivie

This post is LONG overdue. I was selected to be a teacher delegate by the Dallas Fort-Worth World Affairs Council in January to travel to the United Arab Emirates.  The trip was over spring break (March 7-15, 2015) and it was an amazing experience. We spent the first five days in Abu Dhabi and the last three days in Dubai. The UAE is a great example of a traditional culture that has rapidly embraced all things modern without losing sight of who they are and what they value. 

The UAE embassy in Washington, D.C. and the Crown Prince Court sponsored the trip and they spared no expense as we stayed in beautiful hotels and ate amazing food.  The trip was sensational and I learned so much about the culture, people, and education system.  Here are some of my favorite photos from the trip.  Heads up there are LOTS of pictures.

Our beautiful hotel, St. Regis...we actually had butler service!

Our beautiful hotel, St. Regis...we actually had butler service!

Enjoying the beach

Enjoying the beach

Delicious Thai food

Delicious Thai food

Zayed University

Zayed University

Seeing through Light, a special art exhibit at the Guggenheim

Seeing through Light, a special art exhibit at the Guggenheim

another art exhibit

another art exhibit

one of my favorite meetings of the trip. Hedayah is a think tank working on solving the problem of violent extremism.

one of my favorite meetings of the trip. Hedayah is a think tank working on solving the problem of violent extremism.

Traditional Emerati restaurant

Traditional Emerati restaurant

the very cool tech city - Masdar Institute

the very cool tech city - Masdar Institute

more from Masdar

more from Masdar

Can I go back to college and attend NYU - Abu Dhabi?

Can I go back to college and attend NYU - Abu Dhabi?

some of the fun architecture

some of the fun architecture

Sheikh Zayed Mosque

Sheikh Zayed Mosque

Interiors of the mosque

Interiors of the mosque

Our hotel in Dubai

Our hotel in Dubai

My other favorite stop on the trip the Sheikh Mohammad Center for Cultural Understanding

My other favorite stop on the trip the Sheikh Mohammad Center for Cultural Understanding

Dubai at night

Dubai at night

view from the hotel

view from the hotel

Burj Khalifa - the tallest building in the world

Burj Khalifa - the tallest building in the world

Sunset from the 125th floor of the Burj Khalifa

Sunset from the 125th floor of the Burj Khalifa

Sunrise from my hotel room

Sunrise from my hotel room

Burj Al Arab

Burj Al Arab

Falconry show on our desert tour

Falconry show on our desert tour

Driving through the sand dunes

Driving through the sand dunes

More fun on our desert tour

More fun on our desert tour

Final sunset in the UAE

Final sunset in the UAE

The trip was sensational and I will be posting a link to the completed travel book within the next week, so you can see even more photos and read about some of the things we did.  I can't wait to return in the future