Dubai Creek & Jumeira Souk (Market) Visited
Trip Start Oct 15, 2010
11Trip End Oct 23, 2010
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Once we were back to the hotel that evening, since it was 10 of us, we could not accomodate into a single taxi. Hence, we took two taxis promising to meet each other at the Dubai Creek. The first bunch of them had left and we got onto the next taxi that came by. We mentioned Dubai Creek and the driver asked us to which side of the river, Deira or the other side? We ended up calling each other and finally got that taxi driver to speak to this guy and finally he dropped us off at the same location, though he seemed a little disgruntled.
We wanted to take the Dinner Cruise but the price was too expensive and it was out of our budget, came to around RM 350 per person. We dropped the idea and decided to walk along the river and just watch the cruise. Then someone suggested that lets cross over and meet at the market end where we could get some dinner. So again they got onto a taxi and went off. We were waiting for our taxi and after a while, we stopped a guy and he wanted RM 50 just to cross to the other side of the river, which was a ridiculous price. Luckily I did speak a little Hindi whereby I did manage to ask all these details before getting onto the taxi. Hearing the rate, we decided not to and decided just to take a walk to the other side which took us around 30 minutes, but it was worth it. Later I got a call from the other group that that driver charged them RM 100 for the crossover and wanted more and they just told him to stop the car right there where they paid the money and got off. With this, we decided to go in different ways.
After the slow walk, we came across a mosque area and we were slowly walking into Jumeira area. This is where the Hindu Temple is. There is only one Hindu Temple is Dubai, a Sivan Temple which photos you could see from my last trip to Dubai. We then came to this textile market and we did some shooping around. Some bought souvenirs and some bought clothes. Of course, you must bargain here and drop the price to 30 % of what they had initially asked and settle for around 40% of that price. If not just walk away and you would surely get your item at the price you are comfortable with in another shop.
After the shopping settled, we decided to have some sawarama, another poor mans food in Dubai. :) We arrived at this old shack like shop and went upstairs where they had an air conditioned mini hall, a small one though. We had our sawarama and it was good and filling. The guys had two each and the ladies one each. The dinner bill came to RM 30 only. What a relief.
From here, getting a taxi was not difficult.We were tired from the earlier walk and it was already 2040 local time. Its high time that we get some rest. We stopped a taxi which agreed to accomodate all five of us and we headed to the hotel. Called it a night then.