Yesterday, we managed to get several hours behind in our plans, but eventually headed to Abu Dhabi in the afternoon, primarily to see the Sheikh Zayed Mosque – which turned out to be absolutely breathtaking. Although we didn’t get there until around sunset, it ended up being the perfect time, and I’m glad we got there when we did.
Day 1 was full of flashing lights, glamour, malls, and consumerism – but Day 2 was a complete 180-degree turn from the glitz and glam with stops at the beach, the Dubai Museum, the fish market, more rain!, Bastakiya, Bur Dubai Souk (a marketplace), and some awesome dinner. Despite all the new and shiny, it’s very apparent how much history lives in this city.
A rarity: a Dubai rain(bow)!
First stop: the beach (before the second batch of rain)
The fish and vegetable market.
Bastakiya and the Dubai Creek area
Bur Dubai Souk, a local semi-touristy marketplace.
The Dubai Museum
Lebanese Dinner: Wafi Gourmet Café
We finished the evening at the Irish Village, an area near the airport with a bunch of shops and bars where the band played Sweet Home Alabama. Goes to show just how much Dubai is a mix of people, identities, and cultures — and that no matter where you go in Dubai, you never know who or what you’re going to find.
Thursday was our first full day in Dubai, and it involved a lot of walking. The main airport, the air show (a moot point, since it was cancelled), two giant malls, the Burj Khalifa, dinner, and then drinks – all part of the fun in this amazing place – until the end when I nearly began to fall asleep standing up. Jetlag’s…jetlag.
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When you travel somewhere new, there are often a lot of preconceived notions about what it’s going to be like. We all have them, and sometimes we’re right.
But not today.
Everything I thought Dubai was going to be like, I was generally wrong. I expected lights and I expected “ooh and ahh,” but I didn’t expect my mind to be blown — and we’ve only been here for 12 hours.
Today, I’m heading to Dubai for the tail end of #DXB13 – the Dubai Air Show. Having never been to Dubai, I’m pretty excited to be visiting this ever-growing metropolis – but until I did some research, I didn’t know much about it.
Dubai one of seven emirates in the United Arab Emirates, and is home to approximately 2.1 million, nearly double what it was just in 2005, doubling again from 1995. As such, the city’s landscape has grown tremendously, becoming a city that is well known for its tall skyscrapers, including the tallest man-made structure in the world, the Burj Khalifa.