Al Faris Hotel Apartments 3
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... We decided to see the city in a chronological order: first the old town with the authentic heritage houses, then the new town with the extravagant skyscrapers.
As you might know, the United Arab Emirates were only founded in 1971, which means Dubai as a city is actually just 44 years old at this point in time. However, a long history of locals living in desert houses and fishermen depending on the ...
... and pickup at 2pm (2.5 hours earlier than norm). We will still work when we get back to camp around 3pm, but it will be nice to have a bit more flexibility in the afternoon.
I've decided to participate in Ramadan since non-Muslims should avoid eating or drinking in front of those fasting. Why not go into another room to eat or drink? Because we have only ONE conference/meeting room and all other office rooms are full of locals that ...
... the market and we in the only old part of the city and catch a little boat across the river for 40p, the guy just waits until he gets twenty people then off he goes. Later we found out we could have given him the equivalent of a fiver and he'd have taken us wherever we wanted. The boat is pretty basic and we tootle across and head to the harbor on the other side. There is a dock which the boats fits in nicely if he came at it straight on but he can't ...
... the city. It was a lot further than it looked on the map and we passed along the river/creek where all the working Dhows were moored. We couldn't believe the number of cardboard boxes stacked on the docks ready to be loaded. A real working area. The gold Souk was a real experience. As you walked through you were approached at every shop by someone trying to get you in to buy either a watch, gold jewellry or T- shirts. Couldn't quite work out where they fitted ...
... Palm, and Jumeirah Beach. We didn't have time to stop as planned, but that's ok since we're staying in this part of town on our return leg.
After the bus returned us back to the Mall, we headed for the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. I'd booked tickets on line to ensure that we didn't queue for hours - normal entry is to floor 125, but for a bit more we could go to floor 148. Well it's not every ...