What a contrast: Dubai
Trip Start Jan 28, 2012
30Trip End Mar 12, 2012
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The ruling sheikhs of the Bani Yas tribe had the vision to spend the profits into improving the infrastructure in the last 30 years. Now Dubai has the highest building in the world. It has an automated metro system, it uses automated drop irrigation the keep the city green. It gets 97 percent of its drinking water from desalinating sea water. Many big and luxurious shop till you drop shopping malls, one seven star hotel, many five star ones and many more to come
Eight out of ten of the 1,2 million population is coming from other countries. Indians, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, and Philipinno do the work that most of the Arabs don't want to do anymore. It is the most liberal and economically free society in the Middle East. It combines refined Islamic culture with an intense night life. We found out that in our hotel there were three night clubs operating until three o'clock in the morning. See Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dubai for more about Dubai emirates and the United Arab Emirates.
The Dubai Museum is worth a visit, so is crossing the Creek where the city started in small public transport boats for 1 dirham (20 Euro cent). Our dinner in the rotating restaurant of the Hyatt hotel was to close off the six weeks that we have been traveling. A technical problem made that it did not rotate. I realise only now that our first dinner of the our tour was also in the rotating Mandarin restaurant in Dhaka. In this Bangladesh beat Dubai: that actually rotated.