Al Kabayl Shopping Centre & Downtown Deira Visited

Trip Start Oct 15, 2010
Trip End Oct 23, 2010

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

By now, I was already used to the local time zone and my body had accustomed to it. This morning, woke early as it was the first day of the exhibition and the official opening ceremony for the exhibition as well.

We had breakfast in the hotel and at first we thought it was complimentary with the room, but only after eating, while we exitted, we were told that we need to pay RM 55 for the breakfast. Gosh. We then argued and mentioned that the booking confirmation did have breakfast included and after an hour of arguement, finally they agreed it was their mistake and breakfast was already included in the room rates for us.

We got dressed and headed to the World Trade Centre for the exhibition. Things were a little slow the entire first half of the day as the Crown Prince had arrived a little late and everything else got postponed. Finally the exhibition was opened at 1400.

After the exhibition, we headed back to the room. We split into two groups. The first group wanted to head to a different market to shop for silk textiles and get some dresses stiched. The other group, 4 of us, we decided to go to a place which I was familiar with. It's called Al Kabyl Discount Centre. Its a place where you shop till you drop with bargain prices and you could find everything that you would need from electrical appliances to textiles and souvenirs. Its similar to the Mustafa in Singapore or Haniffa Textiles in Malaysia. We took a taxi to this place.

After doing some shopping, well we had to get it done fast because one of my friends was already starving. Hehehe. Anyway, this place is open 24 hours so we could always come back later that night or another night if we needed to get more items. We came out of the the store and had to get another taxi as well.

Our next destination was Downton Deira, where you see the poorest lot in Dubai, mostly migrants from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. This is the only place in Dubai where you do not find sky scrapers. All famous indian restaurants were available here from Saravanabhavan, Anjappar, Purohits and many more. We went to a place that I was familiar again, Aachi Chettinad;s Restaurant which belongs to a famous Indian actress by the name of Manorama. The food here is tasty and cheap. I mean you could do a good meal for less than RM 15, I guess the only place in Dubai where you could do this. My friends were excited to see the place especially since they were going to taste some spicy food. We ordered some briyanis, Thali Sets, Pepper Chicken and Spicy Prawns and along with that some drinks. The food was fantastic. You dont even get such good food here in Malaysia. I guess the only other place where you get such authentic South Indian food is in India itself. The entire bill came to only RM 60 for four of us.These guys even do delivery if you call their number.

After the great meal, I guess, we did not want to walk or shop any further. All of us ate until of tummys were full. We just walked a little further to get a cab and along the way I was showing them some of the places which I was familiar with. They even had some sneak previews of some Pakistani Night Clubs, African Night Clubs and Arabic Discos. Hehehe None of them wanted to spend some time there because firstly we were not dressed in such attire as required and secondly, my friend was a little worried when he saw some of the bouncers at the night clubs. Those guys had arms that were larger than our thighs. :D

After the walk, we took a cab back to the hotel and then called it a night.
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Jay on

I never knew Manorama had a restaurant in Dubai. Wow, she must be doing very well, not only in acting.

Radzi on

Im not surprised by the treatment you got at breakfast. Dubai is a city of money, no money no respect. No value for humanitarian grounds. Anyway, most of these guys working in hotels are also foreigners themselves and they are afraid to make mistakes. 1 mistake and their one week salary gone.

venoth on

Hi Jay, I guess she must have invested in the right places.

venoth on

Hi Radzi, thats true. Without money you cannot do anything in Dubai and end of the day, pity these foreign workers too.

Chong on

Your suit looks good :)

venoth on

Thank you Chong and thanks for dropping by.

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