Back to Dubai
Trip Start Jun 13, 2010
35Trip End Jul 17, 2010
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Where I stayed
Riveria Hotel Dubai
At the UAE border I had to get a new visa which cost a few dollars. Right at the border was this small food stand where Hilal got us some breakfast – 2 egg filled pita sandwiches and, surprise, a Lemon Drink. Tons of wasps flying around but no one seemed to care (in US everyone would have had a major spazz)
Just outside Dubai, Hilal pulled a taxi over to take me the rest of the way to the Dubai neighborhood of Deira which is on Dubai Creek (it is more like a bay). This way, Hilal could make it to work a little earlier. The ride only cost around 50 DM which is around $15. I stayed at the Riviera Hotel which was pretty nice but expensive for me (a little over $100 a night). But it was pretty nice with a large room, large bathroom, and a wonderful view over Dubai Creek. I could even see the Burj Khalefa Tower from my room (the world's tallest building). I relaxed for about an hour and then decided to hit the souq’s (market).
The sun was again hitting really hard, but since I was next to water and around very tall buildings which blocked the sun it was not as bad as the other day in Muscat. First I got me a 1.5L cold water for 2 dh (around 75 cents). I checked into an electronics store for GPS since Hilal wanted me to get one for him. Then I walked to the real shops – tiny stores run by mostly Indians selling everything under the sun. And half of them REALLY wanted you to go in their shops ("sir, would you like to go inside" or “Sir, I have Rolex, special price for you”) I felt like I was in India as I saw very few Arabs
He looked beat!!! A hard day at the office – I had plenty of those last year at school. So he took a little rest as we went over our plans for Oman and what to buy for camping. Around 8:00 we walked a short way to the Creek Overlook Restaurant which was right on the Dubai Creek. Hilal just needed a shesha and I had a great mixed grilled dinner (kebab, chicken tikka, ribs, lamb) and another lemon juice. The view was great but it was outside so a little on the muggy side. Hilal did not like his shesha and the food was just OK and a little over priced. So not the best choice from my other Dubai book. Back at the hotel, Hilal watched a little TV while I did my usual uploading pics and researching where to buy camping gear in Dubai. Went to sleep around 1 again.