A Break from a Long Flight
Since my return to Australia folk have asked me about my trip to Dubai and London. I have really not updated this blog with the posts and photos that I had planned. There’s been too much happening in my life since my return. However, I will update some information. To break up the long journey from Australia to London, I had four days in Dubai.
I loved Dubai. Now, I know there are issues. The heat is one challenge. OMG – I have never experienced such weather – it was almost breathtaking – in that it was hard to breathe. I learned on day one, that I had to be in air conditioning at the hottest part of the day.
Dubai – Great for Shopping
That is why the shopping centres are so popular!! They have amazing shops, are air-conditioned and many have entertainment. The Dubai Mall has many shops, an exhibition of photographs, and the huge icing rink, and there was more.
Really one needs a few days to take in all that is in the Dubai Mall, and the same goes for the other major shopping malls. Just go in the middle of the day – avoid the outside heat.
I stayed at a hotel near the Dubai Creek in a suburb called Deira. It was an interesting area – plenty of small shops, a park opposite the hotel. McDonalds and KFC were nearby – not that I went to either. I had asked at the hotel travel desk about interesting places to go to within walking distance and was told that there was nothing. Wandering around on my own, I was thrilled to find that there were interesting places around – including the Dubai Creek.
On the Creek
I walked along the waterfront – there was so much to see. I loved the wooden boats (dows) – there were heaps of them and I went for a short cruise on one of them. The boat driver was a Pakistani guy – who had lived in Dubai for many years. I got the impression that he lived on board the boat too. It was only a short tour – but enough to learn about the road on floats, to see the rulers property, and see the amazing buildings going up all around.
This was the view from my hotel – on the 5th floor. No trees to see in this area – it was all desert. There were a number of mosques too – so five times a day you could hear them praying.
I’d love to go back. Maybe one day. I would like to go out to the desert and perhaps to Abu Dhabi. And go out to the amazing man-made islands, and up into the tallest building. There’s so much to see.