Holding hands = support
In Arabian culture, it is common practice for a man to show his support for his brother or close friends by holding his hand whilst walking. This can be quite disconcerting for European travellers (especially gentlemen) but please be aware that this is nothing covert but simply a traditional show of support for a man's fellow brother.
Raise your blood pressure (on the dunes)
Take a day trip out of Dubai to the desert for a heart-stopping 4 X 4 thrill ride over the sand dunes. The tour company will pick you up in Dubai, in the 4 X 4 you will ride over the dunes in, and then drive you and your companions for about an hour out of the city. Once you reach the dune area, the tires of the 4 X 4 are deflated, and off you go! Up and over dunes, sliding downward, *sideways*, gunning it up a steep dune and hurtling over the sandy lip atop it....
When you think your bladder can't take it anymore, the driver stops for a photo op, and then off you go back to the tire-filling pump. To end the trip, many tours take you to a barbecue dinner at a bedouin "village." There you can ride a camel, watch a belly-dancing performance, get a henna design painted on you, and have your picture taken in traditional dress. Of course this is not a real village, but is just for show. Or maybe "shows."
Grocery shopping in "The Greens"
The Choithram supermarket is located inside the "Greens Centre" which is a complex of several shops, restaurants and a mosque in the residential area called "The Greens". I was living in "The Greens" for a month, so I used that shop quite frequently for daily shopping.
The prices are quite reasonable and there is hardly any "extra price" for the fact that the supermarket is located in such an expensive area. Grocery, household items and they also have a good selection of magazines The prices are comparable to supermarkets in central Dubai
INTO THE GREAT WIDE OPEN
When the weather's all chilly and beautiful, Dubai throws up quite a few unexpected surprises. One of these is 'Movies under the Stars', evenings of film screened on the rooftop at Wafi. Casual's the rule here - bean bags are strewn all over the lawns, you land up with your own blankets, settle down with a beer from the beverage stand... and chill out to a double-bill.
The setting's so perfect, the movie doesn't even have to be any good :) This one's a seasonal thing, and lasts only as long as the good weather does. Just be yourself! Casual's the rule... it's all good!
Dinner by the Creek
The best thing about the restaurant is the views. YOu can sit in the terrace by the creed seeing the abras cross the water and the people passing by.
A very nice place for a romantic dinner.
We had salad, grilled seafood (including lobster), two fruit cocktails, some kebabs and tea for 182 Dh.
Not specially cheap but worht the money.
You can also smoke a seesha after dinner... The grilled lobster was specially good.
Another speciallity of the house were the fruit cocktails with mango, kiwi and tropical fruit. Delicious, but I would recommend it for dessert rather than for main drink as we had it.
Service was just average.