Shopping, Creek Crossing & a Museum
Trip Start Jun 13, 2010
35Trip End Jul 17, 2010
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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
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
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.