Shopping, Creek Crossing & a Museum

Trip Start Jun 13, 2010
Trip End Jul 17, 2010

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Riveria Dubai

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Monday, June 21, 2010

    As usual, woke up late again. Hilal is not doing so well hanging out with me and doing his work. Hope he does not get into trouble. Went down to breakfast around 9 and it was a big one (I guess this is where some of our money went too). There was an omelet bar, fruit & cheese bar, & hot bar will foods from all over the world. I stocked up on the chesses and fruits. Hilal was still looking beat and not looking forward to work. 
    Back in the room we got ready for the day – Hilal to work and me for shopping for our camping supplies. First we had to go to Hilal's car which was a few blocks away. At first he forgot where it was but after 10 min. he found it. He dropped me off at the Deira City Center Mall – another typical Dubai Mega Mall – this one was only twice as big as Mall of Georgia vs the Mall of the Emirates which is 3 times as big. I went straight to a DU kiosk to see if they could fix the phone that Hilal had given me. After a little trouble, they fixed it and I was able to make outgoing calls. So now I called Pooja’s cousin Manoj who lives in Dubai. He will pick Pooja up at the airport tomorrow. I hope we can stay with them for the next few days before we head back to Oman for 3 weeks on Thursday. For camping I first checked out the Sun & Sand Sports shop – just like we have at home. They had tons of sporting goods but not really any camping gear save the expensive North Face tents. They had tons of soccer shirts but only for the "in" teams like Brazil, Italy, England, and even Mexico – but no USA. That’s the way it was in all the sports shops yesterday too – no USA. Now I really want us to go far to show the so called “good” teams that we can play as well. 
    Next was the HUGE Carrefour store which was the size of a Super Wal-Mart (but this was inside a mall). At first I could only find some luggage straps for the car. As was feeling a little let down as I could not find any camping gear in Dubai – but then BAM – there was an outdoor section with tens, chairs, & coolers just like back home. I picked a 5 person tent from Coleman. The other brand was made from canvas (might last 30 years but would not be fun in the high heat of Arabia. I also got a queen sized blow-up bed. In electronics, I picked out Hilal’s GPS from Garmin with Middle East maps loaded – nice!!! So there went $600 in a few hours. Now I had to carry the tent, bed, and the rest of the stuff through the mall to the taxi stand to take back to the hotel. 
    I had a nice Pakistani driver who had only been here a month (so he really did not know his way around – so I had to tell him). Lucky for me I knew the way. But traffic was so crazy – took about 30 min. to go around 2 miles!!!!. Back at the hotel I just relaxed for about 30 min before it was time to go out again. With the shopping almost done, it was now time to explore. I walked across the street to walk the Creek and went to the river taxi stand. Here boats cross the creek every few min. You just walk on the boat and once it fills up your off. It only costs 1 dh (about 27 cents) and it is a nice little 10 min. scenic boat ride. Each boat carried about 25 people. Across the Creek I was now in Old Dubai. Right at the boat dock were all these tourist shops at the souk with more “my friend, please come to my shop” going all around this white guy. My goal was to find a restaurant recommended by my Dubai book called India House. After a 15 min. walk I found it. Inside was non-descript décor. 
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mike young on

scott, wow I just caught up on your blogging.....sounds like you are having a great time. the pics are great. it has been 94 here for the past few days...this would be a welcome relief for you. please tell Hilal I said hello.

scoonpooh on

Good job posting the blog. I know some may find it lengthy but years from now these are going to be the stories we would want to read and tell again and again. With my memory, I,ll need this text to help me out.- Poohbear

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