Indian ocean day trip
To be honest, i have expected something more exciting... I mean the ocean itself was less beautifull than the Persian Gulf.....but in general it was rather interesting trip, take one and don't forget to take the cam with u (if u have one ofcourse)
BEWITCHED: THE BASTAKIYA EFFECT
In an oft-overlooked part of town, towards the area where the Dubai Museum resides snugly beside The Creek, lies Bastakiya.
Charming to its mud-laned core, The Bastakiya Quarter is slowly becoming home to Dubai's burgeoning art scene - galleries, fashion boutiques, quaint little cafes - they're all to be found within a complex maze of old-style Arabian dwellings.
I love the feelings which swarm inside my mind while walking through this place... a sense of the gone-by with an accent that's very now!
following in a traveller's footsteps
ibn Battuta Mall is a giant shopping complex based on the theme of the Arab explorere Ibn Battuta. The mall is divided in to sections built in the style of the places represented [China, India, Persia, Egypt, Arabia]. The decor fits the region.
There is a Fitness First in the China area. A cinema.
There are cafes, a prayer room, nursery.
It is easy to get lost in the various galleries. Everything you can expect from UK High Street stores like Debenhams, Bhs, Next, River Island, Evans,Top Man, ; designer names like Levi, Ugo Boss; jewellers, china, pharmacies, Indian, Moroccan etc Much of the known stores charge the same prices as elsewhere, but the more individual shops may be a bit pricey.
51st floor views!
Located on the 51st floor of the Emirates Towers Jumeirah Hotel, Vu's Bar's name is not misleading! The fancy bar with a sloping glass ceiling offers incredible views over Dubai and its mega projects. The trendy and rich assemble here for cocktails along with Dubai's business men. Some choose to dine afterwards at the unreasonably expensive international (but hopefully exquisite) restaurant one floor below. Try to get there before the sun sets in order to enjoy the views. Otherwise, you'll have to accept the starry lights of the night views - though still impressive. Beware, drinks are quite expensive!
AN EXCITING FUSION OF TASTES, A LA SPAIN
An intriguing proposition, isn't it... to savour food rooted in the Andalusian tradition, surrounded by the soft-glow warmth of a Moorish setting. A hint of Spain. A sprinkling of Morocco. With a nod towards the Islamic heritage of Granada. Thankfully, Al Hambra manages to pull all of these of, most of the time. And on the odd occasion when it does slip up, the innovative menu manages to whip you back into an enthusiastic frenzy with some delightful dishes.
You can sit yourself outside, flanked by the Al Qasr's abra-filled waterways, and enjoy beautiful views extending across the Arabian Gulf. If the weather's a bit too warm for your liking, come indoors, where the accent is on the reds and oranges so typical to Moorish traditions. All exposed brickwork, paper and wrought-metal lamps, and fascinating high ceilings. Wash all these impressions down with a glass of rosé, and settle down to food, glorious food! Wonderful bread appertifs - of the pepper, cinnamon and cardamom varieties, presented with olives, garlic mayonnaise and some very tasty hummous.
Delightful seafood paella - lobsters, prawns, chicken and clams, simmered to perfection, and cooked into chunky brown rice. Very, very good - though the lobsters in my meal just seemed to taste a little bit off.
Garlic prawn starters - the best prawn I've tasted in ages! Large, succulent pieces, marinated in a light mint sauce, flavoured in olive oil. Fantastic!