Noise in Dubai
We stayed in Bur Dubai zone and we had noise all day, not only from building construction site nearby but from traffic too.
People use their horn 24 hours no stop!!
Construction works goes 24 hours too!!!!
So remenber when you book your hotel to check it out.
A Meal with Muslims - eating manners
If you should be invited to a traditional Arabic meal together with Muslim hosts, there's a few simple cultural & religious guildelines to follow:
1) If you are seated on the floor, make sure that the soles of your feet (with or without shoes/socks) do not point towards anyone.
Either sit with your legs crossed, or one leg propped-up & one tucked under, or both on your side, etc. It is considered extremely rude to point the soles of your feet towards anyone in the Muslim religion & Arabic culture.
I can imagine that this probably stems from the Bedouin days, when after a hard day's work or travelling the feet would be covered in dirt.
2) If cutlery is not provided, you eat with your hands; your right hand, to be precise!
Now, I know that this can be tricky for "unskilled" Westerners - basically, the "least messy" way is to take small pieces of Arabic bread & to wrap your rice, meat, fish, etc. into small parcles.
The left hand is used by a person to clean up filth, wash himself after the bathroom, etc. The right hand is used for clean practices like eating, grooming & shaking hands.
Understandably, if you reach for food with your left hand, your Arab hosts/companions may feel extremely repulsed & offended!
It is not permissible to eat with the left hand (even if you are left-handed, you'll just have to try your best!).
Prophet Mohammed (PBUH = Peace be upon Him) said: "If one of you eats, he should eat with his right hand. And if he drinks, he should drink with his right hand. For indeed, Satan eats & drinks with his left hand."
No one should give preference to his left hand unless that person has lost the use of his right hand or suffers from some genuine affliction.
3) You will also notice that most Muslims quietly say "Bismillah" (the name of God) to themselves. In this way, they ask Allah to bless the food they are about to eat.
4) You will be offered Arabic tea or coffee. When you've emptied your cup and don't wish for a refill, turn the cup upside down.
Bon appetit! And enjoy your meal!
(Of course, it should be understood without saying that during casual dinner conversation, the topics of religion and politics should be avoided. These are always slightly controversial subjects, especially in Middle Eastern culture.)
They found Gold
The gold Souk is a collection of jewellery shops all selling Gold. Prices are not cheap for some of the items, but for the same things back home you would pay a LOT more by a long way. If nothing else it's something to behold.
The gold here is quite yellow, maybe becuae of the light, but not buying anything to bring home yellow gold wise it's hard to say if it would look very yellow back home. Gold Gold and more Gold
So many clubs, so little time!
If you are visiting Dubai as a tourist or living here, come Thursday night we are all faced with the same question: Where to?
Since 2003 numerous hotels have popped-up all around the city, and with them countless new nightspots.
(only hotels can obtain the licence to serve alcohol, therefore nightclubs are located within hotels or under management of a hotel. Very rarely do we have nightclubs/bars that have separate premises).
Partying in Dubai is definitely great for the ladies:
Almost all bars/pubs/clubs have regular ladies nights with special offers & plenty of free tipple ;-)
To find out what is happening where & when, I find the TimeOut website & Mumtazz very useful. Another great website is DubaiNightPlanner.com- Check-out their regularly updated list of events including everything from nightclubs, restaurant-specials, theatre, or even upcoming concerts! Of course, if you're in the UAE you can also tune into the various English-speaking radio channels for updates on the nightlife scene.
REMARK: Please note that the legal "partying-age" in Dubai is 21 yrs. You may be asked to present your ID at the door.
OPENING HOURS: It's sad, but true: all bars & nightclubs in Dubai close the latest by 03:00am (by law)
ALSO: Many clubs in Dubai have a "couples only" policy, meaning that couples & single girls are allowed, but not single men. (Sorry guys!)
Some clubs will ask for an entrance fee from single men (which can be quite high!), but if you wait outside for a group of single girls and ask if you can simply walk in with them, most ladies do not mind.... especially if you offer to buy them a drink as a "thank you"! When going out in Dubai, dress codes vary from establishment to establishment.
If you are planning on "bar-hopping" throughout the night, follow these guidelines & you won't be left standing outside because you are underdressed...!
M E N: Some places (like Irish pubs, etc.) are very relaxed when it comes to dresscode for men. To play it safe, though, men should wear a shirt with collar, good-quality jeans or proper trousers (no shorts!) and proper shoes (no sandals or sports shoes/sneakers). Then no bouncer should have a problem letting you in.
L A D I E S: For us girlies, pretty much anything goes... sorry guys! Even the more upmarket places don't have a problem if you show up in jeans and a sexy top, or short skirts, or boots, etc. Some bouncers may have a problem if you are wearing sneakers/sports shoes. But usually they are glad to see girls wanting to party at their club and will let you in without any trouble.
getting more and more congested
The best way to travel in Dubai is by road, whether bus, car or taxi. I have never used the first, and only rarely the last but had no problem. Usually my daughter or her husband drives me.
For those with a car 50 dhs will give you half a tank of fuel or more depending on the type of vehicle.
The roads are getting more congested, and a new toll system was introduced on 1 July 2007.Buy a card at a petrol station and whenever you pass a toll sign , your card will automatically have the toll deducted. However, many drivers prefered to use the non-Salik roads which meant roads became even more congested than before.
Driving in Dubai is a nightmare as everyone drives very fast. My daughter said that if you drive at a moderate speed when taking your test, you will be failed. Heavy vehicles are not allowed in the fast lane, but other drivers weave in and out, and frequently fail to signal; so, driving is hazardous.
New roads and flyovers are frequently appearing , which can add to the confusion.And, summer 2007, road works sprung up almost overnight, adding miles to a trip.