TR # 27, Feb 2019
The right way to describe Dubai is “East meets West”. It is as good as any western modern city with a touch of the east. Its’ really a man-made miracle of the 20th century by transforming a desert city into the modern city Dubai is today.
From my place, Pune ( India), there is a direct flight to Dubai with a flight time of around 3 Hours. Our trip was for 5 days and stayed in “City Seasons Hotel” in Deira, Dubai. Our trip is planned around the “Dubai Tennis” tournament which happens in Mid Feb. The weather is also beautiful around this time of the year. There are so many things to do in Dubai so planning is required on what you want to do in Dubai. We were lucky to get a cab driver who drove us around and guided to the right places which helped us save a lot of time.
A visit to Dubai cannot be complete if you do not see “Burj Khalifa”.You can plan to book online and go around dusk time so you can see the Dubai in the day time and during the night, with full of lights.
Another wonder in Dubai is Palm Jumeirah. The Palm Jumeirahis an artificial archipelago created using land reclamation by which extends into the Persian Gulf. The beach is beautiful with all blue water of the Persian Gulf. The “Burj Al Arab” Hotel at Palm beach is grand and very picturesque.
We had lunch at the Marina area, which is relatively a new area of Dubai. When you are in Marina, you feel like in any European city with skyscrapers surrounding the lake and a number of food options with cuisines from east to west.
Must visit places in Dubai
Gold Souk: Probably, you would not have seen and will not see so much gold in one area as you will see in Dubai’s Gold Souk. It is a good area for buying gold, diamonds and watches. Can you imagine a complete Gold dress for men/women? You can see all these kind of wierd gold items as well.
Miracle Garden: True to its name, it is a true miracle in the midst of dessert ! See the phots below which will speak for themselves.
Sand Dunes: It is a very thrilling experience to go through Sand Dunes in the Jeep Safari. The drives have amazing skills. They reduce the tire pressure so that vehicle can move in the sand. We also rode on the Quad Motorbike which was a lot of fun. After the safari, we went to a desert resort to enjoy a camel ride, Arabic dinner and belly dance.
The Frame: The Dubai Frame is an architectural landmark in Zabeel Park, Dubai. It has been described as “the biggest picture frame on the planet”. The Dubai Frame is created out of glass, steel, aluminum, and reinforced concrete. It is positioned in such a way that representative landmarks of modern Dubai can be seen on one side, while from the other side, visitors can also view older parts of the city
The biggest attraction of Abu Dhabi is The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. This is the largest mosque in the country and can accommodate thousands of people. The Grand Mosque was constructed between 1996 and 2007. It was designed by Syrian architect Yousef Abdelky. The building complex measures approximately 290 by 420 m (950 by 1,380 ft), covering an area of more than 12 hectares (30 acres), excluding exterior landscaping and vehicle parking.
Some photos from Duabi Open
Dubai Open is dream come True to me as I could see “The God of Tennis” playing not more than 20 fts from where we were seating.
You name it any world cuisine and it is there in Dubai ! Dubai is developed as a very cosmopolitian city and you can enjoy any type of world cusine. For Indian vegiterian, there are many options including Sarvana Bhuvan, Sangeetha, Kamat, etc.
I find Dubai is a very safe city. We had to walk in the middle of night from Tennis Stadium to our Hotel and we were feeling very safe.