Dubai City Tour: From the city to the desert
Trip Start Aug 26, 2011
16Trip End Sep 04, 2011
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Where I stayed
Park Regis Hotel
What I did
We woke up around 6am, morning call was actually 7.30am as we want to walk around before breakfast starts, we took a walk around the hotel just to see the neighborhood and we saw the usual, malls, cafes, and restaurant and stuff like that. It was 7am but already hot, I was sweating my shirt off and actually was worried about what the heat has in store for me.
Breakfast was super nice; it was American with eggs, sausages, sautéed mushrooms and other yummy stuff. Most importantly since its Muslim country, there was no pork around so I don't have to put my guard on.
City tour was the main highlight of today, visiting Dubai famous spots. It was a great day, minus the 47 degree heat. Sunblock!
Tallest of the supertall
First stop is Burj Khalifa, which is known as the world’s tallest building. It has also broken 2 other impressive records: tallest structure and tallest free standing structure. It was this gigantic metal building that just shoots up to the sky, very breathtaking. I would love to go to the tallest floor, but maybe on the next trip :P
We only did a photo stop there, surrounding the Burj Khalifa is the Mall of Emirates with gorgeous architecture. Fighting with the heat, I managed myself to took a great pic of me and mom :)
Burj Al Arab
Next stop is Burj Al Arab, which I think the most famous icon of Dubai. It is an all suite luxury hotel with the very finest that the world has to offer. It has a discreet in-suite-check in, private reception desk on every floor and a brigade of highly trained butlers. Did that sound convincing? I Google it. Lol.
Of course we didn’t get in; they have extra charge for that. We did some photo shoot there on the beautiful Jumeirah Beach which surrounds the hotel. The whole area is known as the Jumeirah Beach District, an area that is well known to both Emirates as well as Expatriates.
Spice & Gold Souks
Our bus stopped on a pier where we took a water taxi (which actually a simple boat) to get to the traditional open air market that is known as Souks, also one of the highlight of Dubai. The boat trip was somehow windy; it helps to cover the crazy sunlight that was happily chewing my skin. See, I’m an Asian, I get tanned really easy, just in case you were wondering why I complained about the sun too much: P
The souks were busy, the area we were in was dominated by gold and watches, there’s nothing much for me to buy there. But it was a great experience, where I can feel the authenticity of Dubai, it was different compared to the hi-tech building and hotel we saw earlier. Here I felt like a local, all I need to do is to put sorban on my head.
We stopped at a local gift store; they sell chocolate, sweets, dates, and many more. I bought chocolate dates, never been a fan of dates even in Indonesia, but it was so yummy and I had to buy it.
Me and my exotic cuisine
The daily tour was ended with lunch, as we need to go back to the hotel at 3pm for our next activity. I was crazy excited taste what the local food like, I can only think of Kebab as I don’t know any Arabian food, all I know it was going to be exotic. Then we arrived at the restaurant, and as I looked at the sign it says "Chinese Food". So there I was, million miles from Asia, going to eat Chinese Food. I couldn’t be more surprised :P So there goes my exotic food.
After that we returned to the hotel to get freshened up for our next activity.