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!