Playboy paradise in the making
Lots of hot sun, Liberal attitude, mix of cultures, lots to see and do. Desert Safari, Golf, Horses, Sea, sand, Beach and Clubing Sunset over the desert, after dancing with a belly dancer and surfing down a sand dune.
Driving in desert is not for the faint hearted as its better than a rollercoaster. Toyota Landcruiser, what a great vehicle!!!
Feeling like you've been framed...
In the United Arab Emirates and most other Middle Eastern countries, it is common practice of any business or store to display portraits of the ruling family.
I'm not sure where this custom originated from, but you will notice this is most company offices, government buildings, hotel lobbies, entrances to shopping malls, and even in the small shops in the traditional souks / bazaars.
The main 3 portraits that you'll always see on the wall in Dubai are:
a) UAE President: Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
b) Vice President of UAE & Ruler of Dubai: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
c) Former President of the UAE (died in 2004): Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
Some companies, hotels and shops now also hang a picture of the new Crown Prince of Dubai (since February 2008), Sheikh Mohammed's son: Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Naturally, in the other emirates you will find a portrait of the UAE President Sheikh Khalifa, and the portraits of the respective emirate's ruler and crown prince.
There are many artists in the UAE that specialize in painting these portraits for this exact reason: as long as there are new hotels, malls and offices in Dubai, they will always have a business opportunity to sustain them!
This is another recent addition to Shoppers' Paradise. It lies on the outskirts of Dubai beside Badia. ,There is also the Festival Waterfront Cafe, The Pavilion and Festival Marina, Hugo Boss.When approaching the area you see the distinctive blue of Ikea. T here is a large parking area, and then the shops begin. Ikea itself takes up considerable space. Then there are the smaller shops and services as well as stalls.
ACE, Hyperpanda, The Link, Plug-ins, Dubai Gold Market Place, Festival Power cebtre, Paris gallery, Toys R Us, MacGrudys, Caroline Herera, Hobbs, Karen Miller, Monsoon, Austin Reed, DKNY, Pierre Cardin,LaCoste, Tommy Hilfiger, French Connection,La Senza, Clarks, Hugo Boss and many others
It is open Thursday -Saturday 10 am-midnight, and Sunday-Wednesday 10am-10pm am Gold, electronics much as you can afford
Dubai's beautiful at night.
Bar Zar is a 2 floor bar in one of the most famous resorts in Dubai ( Madinet Jumeirah ) ..
It is open all days of the week and stays late til 3 am , it becomes packed with young adults in the weekends ( Thursdays and fridays ). . There is a live band playing and a DJ in the house.
It is a common meeting spot for locals to socialize and have a little fun. Any thing but no shorts or sandals ( Not the way you are dressed at the beach ) !!
ABRA - kadabra
The traditional way of getting across the Creek between Deira and Bur Dubai has been on an abra , a boat that's about 28 feet long and which can transport a couple dozen people. You board at stations on either side of the waterway and sit on what is effectively an unpadded dais atop the boat. Since the Creek is so well protected, it's rarely rough enough to cause anyone to worry about falling overboard even though there are no guard rails. The crossing takes about 5 minutes -- depending on the destination landing -- and costs 50 fils, or half a dirham, which is around 15 cents US. During slack times of day, these same boats will take you on 2 hour cruises for under $5.