Jumeirah Whirlwind Tour
Trip Start Nov 22, 2010
10Trip End Dec 01, 2010
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We rented a taxi for the day costing about AED300. That's much cheaper then having to engage a tour package or a special arranged city tour with a guide for the 5 of us. We didn't opt for the Big Bus Tour as we wanted a private tour just for the family.( like what we did in Beijing). Unlike Beijing, which we sourced directly from the internet, most taxi drivers in Dubai are salaried drivers of corporations and there are very few freelancers. By the way,dont call the taxi company to book for a whole day ( 6+hours) as it will cost you more, about AED500 per day. Just direct nego with the taxi driver. Well if you have time, the trick in Dubai is to spend your initial days trying out several taxi drivers, chat with them and see who is best to strike a deal in getting you around town
So we did just that for the tour of Jumeirah area. Mohamed, our driver was from Lahore, Pakistan and married to a beautiful lady who is pursuing her MBA in Pakistan. (he showed us her picture). He must be missing her dearly. Dont be surprised if taxi drivers showed pics of their luv ones, thats part of life. In this Arab nation, Pakistanis, Indians and Asians mostly from the Philippines make up the labour landscape. They are missing their luv ones. Mohamed told us he went back 3 times for the year already. Luv bug! Well...... love calls for sacrifices.
Back to our adventure for the day. We spent time in Jumeirah area, went to the Jumeirah beach, the famous and beautiful Jumeirah mosque, the Wild Wadi water theme Park, the 7 star Burj Arab (ok next time we sleep there honey...lol), the east and west side of the The Palm Jumeirah, Atlantis, Souk Madinat, JBR Walk, the Marina, and last but not least to Jebel Ali where Ibn Battuta Mall is located.
Yes we had to pay for the Taxi's waiting and I occasionally looked at the meter to check on the damage
It was sure one heck of a day.