What to wear in Dubai
Just back from a week in Dubai and before I went I was a little concerned about what was acceptable to wear in the United Arab Emirates. Had read several conflicting reports that for men shorts were ok and that they were not.
In the week I was there during the day I wore nothing but shorts, albeit knee length and below and had no problems or got any strange looks. Lots of tourists male and female were wearing shorts in the tourist areas, shopping malls and downtown areas.
I also travelled to Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah and Ajman the last two being two of the lesser developed emirates and again no problems with shorts in any of these places as well.
Why not go to Sultanate of Oman?
You can easily rent a 4x4 or any car with a driver. Then go to Sultanate of Oman. You cannot get very far within a one day trip, but it is certainly worth it!
Oman is beautyful, quiet and unspoiled. Lots of untouched beaches and mountains.
It is probably an outing you will never forget.
I was told, you can go camping there as well.
This was my only victory: twice we passed in front of Mercatto, and twice I escaped!
Please don’t tell anything to Fernanda, otherwise I may be asked to start immediately planning a second visit.
I was kidding, of course!
Honestly, I have problems in my conscience:
Does it have a Zara and an H&M or not?
And Mango? Is it big or small? And…
Oh my God! How am I going to sleep?
THE LONG.. AND THE SHORT OF IT
What do you do if your establishment ends up having the longest bar in town? Go right ahead and name it Longs Bar, of course. Erm, that mystery having been put to rest, let's drop in for a drink or two at Longs, shall we? Alright, so there's a fairly pervasive smoky atmosphere in here, as befitting any basement bar. Some cozy seating for people not willing to test-drive the aforementioned loooong bar. Lots of wood panelling, high bar chairs.. New York subway feel. So far, so good, right? Let's keep an eye out on the crowd, see if there's anything that catches my fancy.
Ah, my mind's slipping away elsewhere already. It's a fairly oldish clientele, with the odd sprinkling of a yuppie group thrown in. I'm about 2 minutes from switching off now. Wait, a couple of gorgeous girls have walked in, so we're going to have to stay a while longer. Music's louder than hell now, and this Long Island Ice Tea's nice 'n smooth. But I just can't seem to feel the buzz, and there's a certain lack of attraction. I'm not going to force it, let's just move on to something more magical.
Step outside, and walk on by Sheikh Zayed Rd. Cars go screeching by, young idiots with their horns blaring. The wind's died down, and it's time to hail a cab. Night's still young though. Ok, next stop anywhere...
Must Try The Shawarma
A Middle Eastern cuisine dish of fine ribbons of spicy lamb meat, similar to Turkish döner kebab and Mexican taco al pastor. Usually made of lamb or chicken. It is flavored with vinegar and spices such as cardamom, cinnamon, and nutmeg and garlic mayonnaise sauce. Folded in a pita bread with veggie inside.
The first time i tried (in a corner shop in Deira run by a Turkish family, i think), it was beautiful! Very nice. Not dry like the ones i've tried in Singapore. For $2.50 dir, one shawarma can fill you up unless you're a big eater. McDonald's version is the Chix Foldover or something. Too dry.
You can find the shop selling shawarma pratically everywhere. It's just a matter of taste. Satisfaction Guaranteed