Oct 01, 2013
Dec 05, 2013
Checked out of hotel after breakfast, leaving our bags in the luggage storage. It was already 34 degrees so we bought a day metro ticket to go everywhere we needed (a hell of a lot cheaper than buying singles). First stop was Bur Dubai, the oldest (if you can say old) part of Dubai, consisting of the Bastakiya, the Dubai museum, and the textile souk. Again we got hassled by traders trying to put head dresses on us and sell them for a 'special price' (we never discovered what this special price was!). We then went on an abra, which is a traditional boat, to cross the creek back to Deira, which was very cool. Next stop back on the metro was the Emirates towers, two of the tall skyscrapers that line Sheikh Zayed Road (the main highway between Dubai and Abu Dhabi). From there we went to Dubai marina, where we saw all the luxury hotels that lined the coast and a small view of the Palm Jumeirah with it's even more luxious hotels. Unfortunately we didn't make it down the palm to see the famous Atlantis hotel. Loads of yachts and jet-ski's populated the marina, and the whole area showed the wealth of Dubai and the continuous development (there was a lot of cranes and loads more hotels being built). Final stop of the day was the Mall of the Emirates, another huge glamorous shopping centre, which just happene to have a ski facilities attached to it! Another Dubai extreme! From the mall we also got a view of the Burj al Arab (cost a fortune hotel) and the Jumeirah Beach Hotel. We had dinner at the Mall and a quick walk round before heading back on the metro to the hotel. Rush hour on the Dubai metro is not great fun. Luckily metro was quieter by the time we took our journey, rucksacks and all to the airport. Flight leaves for Bangkok in 1 hour.