Posts Tagged "Dubai"

Dubai, UAE (Day 2)

On our second day in Dubai, March 28, 2016, the sand dust was not as bad and there was more blue sky, as can be seen by the skyline view taken from our ship. We started our day traveling down the Sheikh Zayed Road, the 16 lane highway that is home to most of Dubai’s skyscrapers which line both sides of the road. The red line of the metro also follows this route.  We then went over to get views of the Burj Al Arab, one of the worlds most expensive hotels that is shaped like a sailboat and has its own helipad. It was then on to the Atlantis Hotel on Palm Island to see the Lost Chambers...

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Dubai, UAE (Day 1)

We were docked in Dubai on March 27, 2016, for a two day stay. There was lots of sand dust in the air so the skies were not very blue and the sun was partly obscured by the dust.  We went to the Dubai Mall, the world’s largest with over 1200 stores. The mall also features Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, some themed shopping areas such as the Souk and  a giant dinosaur skeleton believed to be 155 million years old which is on permanent display. Two other prominent features are the Dubai Ice Rink and The Waterfall, a 24-metre tall water feature with divers going into the water....

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Dubai, UAE (Day 2)

Our second day, March 24. 2015 we spent exploring along the Dubai Creek. We used the HOHO bus to get to the various places we wanted to see. We first stopped at the Old Souk, where all types of goods were for sale and adjacent to the textile market. The population of Dubai is mostly 85% expatriate, so only 15% are citizens. The men wear a long white robe called a dishdash  and the head scarf of the citizens is caledl a keffiyeh. The women wear the traditional black abaya, a long robe and a head scarf. Leaving the Old Souk we traveled to the other side of the creek to the Spice Souk. Here...

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Dubai, UAE (Day 1)

At 9:30 am on the morning of March 23, 2015, we approached the foggy skyline of Dubai where we docked for 2 days. We got a 2 day pass on the Big Bus Tour which is a HOHO and set out to explore the city. We immediately noticed that flowers adorned the medians and shoulders of the highways. Windcatchers  are a traditional Persian architectural element to create natural ventilation in buildings, were seen everywhere throughout the city. The old part of Dubai which is located around Dubai Creek, hosts both old and new architecture. The main city is all modern buildings with a 10 lane highway...

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