George’s Travel Tidbits – Dubai
Dubai is a futuristic city in the Middle East and is part of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It is a developing metropolis built upon desert sands. Dubai has become a cultural center in the Persian Gulf Region. It is a major transportation hub for passengers and cargo. In addition it has established Industries in logistics,Financial Services, Real Estate, and Tourism.
My first impression of Dubai was how clean and well planned the city is. They have established mini-cities, adjacent to each other, that are industry focused and connected by an efficiently ran computerized metro system. Air Cargo City, Internet City, Education City, Finance city, etc.
I stayed in an apartment at Internet City which was a short walk to the metro. Once on the metro you have easy access to this cosmopolitan city and all it has to offer.
Take note … one cabin on the metro is for women and children only… men do not enter or you will be escorted off by security officers.
Sights to see are many — they are best outlined in the Dubai Department of Tourism website below.
Navigate through the website for items of interest. Definitely Dubai http://www.definitelydubai.com/
The Burj Al Arab is a Hotel for the uber-rich, it is worth seeing. The guests are picked up at the airport in a white Rolls Royce or helicopter. The average cost of a room is $7,000 per night. At night the Skybar has a panoramic view of the Dubai Skyline… You will need reservations.
The Dubai Mall is gigantic and you can easily get disoriented. Many U.S. major retailers are represented in the mall. You can entertain yourself by visiting the aquarium or by hitting the slopes of the interior snow ski resort. Yes, snow skiing in the desert.
Take an exhilarating ride up the elevator to the viewing area in the worlds tallest building — the Burj Khalifa — reservations are a must.
Outside the main building of the Dubai Mall there are some trendy restaurants that overlook the Burj Dubai fountain show, which is similar to the one in the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. Dubai is a sister city to Las Vegas.
Burj Dubai Fountain Show… a beautiful video posted to Youtube by zangaramia
The man-made Dubai Marina should be on your list of things to see. Plus — Wild Wadi Park, Dubai Creek, Dubai Museum, Palm Jumeirah, Jumeirah Beach, Saeed Maktoum House, Dubai Zoo, Dubai Waterfront, Arabian Canal, take a Dhow Cruise………..
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