Weekend in Dubai
Trip Start May 21, 2011
2Trip End May 05, 2012
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I had a great time in the city. The people everywhere I went were very nice. Of course Dubai is like NYC and most other major cities - the population is so diverse because everyone wants to be in the center of the action. And I didn’t feel too out of sorts traveling alone – it’s actually the first time I’ve traveled some place outside of the US completely alone (and it wasn’t that bad – Mumbai doesn’t really count because the company is here.). I spent half the time getting lost and found again – but that is part of the adventure. All I can say is that everything you read about how cool the city is it’s true – at least from my point of view
I spent most of my time in the malls, I didn’t really buy much, but there is a lot to see in a Dubai mall – name a designer it’s here, along with ski slopes and aquariums, the most stunning architecture, not to mention AC, especially this time of year. I got to visit the gold market (called a gold souk). That word 'souk’ makes you think B.C. doesn’t it, but all the shops are like small jewelry shops you’d see in the US – just bunches and bunches all in one place – one mini mall after the other. I sampled the local cuisine – don’t ask me names (I need to start writing things down), but it was great also. I generally stopped where there were crowds trying to get a taste. That turned out to be a good thing for my taste buds.
Outside of the mall I got to see the beach at Jumeriah Beach Park – white fine sand, clear water (not as clear as the Carib, but you can still see the bottom and the water is nice and warm. I went to Jumeriah Mosque and did 'Open Doors, Open Minds’. The program explains Islam and you have the opportunity to ask a couple of local volunteers questions about the culture and Islam in general
Actually I missed a lot of what the tour books recommend, but I also got to people watch (and get watched) in places not in the tour guides. I got to experience helpful people humoring an obvious ‘lost’ tourist. And all of it gives me good reason to go back! And next time I’ll have a better plan of attack to get to see it all – of course a couple of extra days might not hurt either.