A City Made of Gold


First of all, I have to apologise to all of my regular readers. I have been moving through Asia so quickly that I have barely had time to sleep, let alone time to update the blog. I am in Saigon, 3 weeks into my trip and I have finally found a small amount of time to write the first entry for this year’s expedition!

Dubai is a city quite literally made of money. Everything is first class and bigger is definitely better! It seems like it has been ages since I was in Dubai because I have done so much since then! It was my third time visiting the “Las Vegas of the Middle East”, so I had a good idea of what I wanted to see and do.

Since I had never visited the city’s Souks, I decided to start there. Souks are local markets and the most famous of them is the Gold Souk. I have never seen so much gold in one place in my entire life. There were scores of shops, full of gold! As I walked around in the scorching heat, I had the urge to cool off in the Persian Gulf. I knew of a great public beach in a fantastic location. The beach to the south of the Burj al Arab is the nicest public beach in Dubai, a perfect place to escape the heat and catch some sun.

The next stop is just down the street from the Burj at Medina Jumeirah. It is a line of shops and restaurants along a man-made river in the shadow of the Burj al Arab. You can tell this whole area was built with a “money is no object” mentality.

Dubai is a city that is very tough to get around in, even with a rental car and a GPS device. If you don’t have a car, you are sunk here. My suggestion would be to get a rental car, learn how to be an extremely aggressive driver and opt for the GPS system in your car.

Another great place to check out is the Jumeirah Beach promenade and residences. Sit and enjoy a coffee or some local treats next to another one of Dubai’s public beaches.

If you were to ask me my favorite spot in Dubai, it would be hard for me to pick between the Dubai Marina or the Creek in Old Dubai. The Marina is a gorgeous spot with massive Yachts and skyscrapers surrounding the entire complex. However, the Creek in Old Dubai is frequented by only locals! It is a taste of middle eastern life away from all the glitz. I went to the creek every night for a late dinner and to smoke Shishe with locals in their traditional garments.

A few days in Dubai should get you a good taste of the city, but I could have easily spent a week there, enjoying the sun and the dramatic and futuristic acrchitecture!

The Dubai Gold Souk

The Dubai Gold Souk

 

The Dubai Spice Souk

The Dubai Spice Souk

 

Burj Al Arab

Burj Al Arab

 

Medina Jumeirah

Medina Jumeirah

 

Mall of the Emirates

Mall of the Emirates

 

Exotic Cars... Everywhere!

Exotic Cars… Everywhere!

 

Jumeirah Beach Promende

Jumeirah Beach Promenade

 

Drinks at the Dubai Marina

Drinks at the Dubai Marina

 

Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa


About Andrew Pateras

Andrew has lived in the GTA all his life and a good portion of his adult life has been devoted to sales. He studied Business Information Systems Management at Ryerson University. From there, he worked in sales for tier one organizations such as Hewlett Packard, Epson and Intel. Then as North American Sales Manager for GAP Adventures, he gained even more experience in negotiation and client service. Andrew has been a licensed real estate sales person since 2006. In 2007, Andrew also began a new venture in professional photography. Over the next number of years, he travelled on assignment all over the world. This is why he is meticulous when it comes to your marketing images! To say Andrew's travel and photography experience is extensive would definitely be an understatement. He has journeyed to remote and exotic locations in 48 countries on all six continents in search of adventure and authentic cultural experiences. Whether it is diving with great white sharks in South Africa, in a cage with Bengal tigers in northern Thailand or perched atop a land cruiser, photographing rhinos and lions in the Serengeti, he has likely photographed any holiday experience you can imagine. Andrew gets involved in his community. A portion of all of his commissions goes to the Children's Miracle Network and Sick Kids Hospital. He is President on the Board of Directors of Metro Toronto Condominium Corporation 1213. Also, as a member of the RE/MAX Young Professionals, he and the other members dedicate their time to increasing client service techniques and implementing new technology in the Toronto real estate market. Andrew's commitment as your real estate professional is to provide you with the specialized real estate service you deserve. Whether you're buying or selling, contact him with any questions that you may have. His promise to you is that your experience will be both stress-free and enjoyable. His focus is always YOU and the results you can expect from him.

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