Dubai city of gold

Dubai Travel Blog

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after a long journey from Sydney.... I was greeted by warm dusty weather and also truly warm people of dubai (actually 80% of the population is immigrants from all over the world) must say from the airport you see the construction labor work force standing in ques for their visas and job contracts... only place in the planet where you can see the merging of the cultures... I would say after doing the touristy must dos such as the desert safari and the city tour of the gold souq which is in Deaira region and a museum in Bur-dubai region.... I get down to business with some serious jewellery shopping!!! I head to the deira goldsouq which would have around 200 plus odd stores small to medium sized keeping stocks that would blind any women! I was prepared to haggle and get the best price for my self-reward-gift which I think i deserved after sloughin out hours behind my desk! oh my it seemed like a daunting task but being a purchase manager I have mastered gettin the best for my quid! equipped with comfy sneakers and a bottle of water... after cheking out atleast 75 or more! shops.. i found the perfect store managed my smart young blokes and guess wht?! they even had n aussie connection! as soon as they realised I ve been thru almost all the shops the chaps first offered me take a seat while they showed me all their beautiful jewellery meanwhile once a deal was goin thru I was served with fresh orange juice! yes in dubai the customer is treated like a queen in my case atleast in Prime Gems, I was determinded not to max out my credit limit in jus this store and so after buying a beautiful diamond earrings I head of hunting, and I found out that the blokes took really good care of me and their price was the best when i compared other stores and I was back in prime gems and their level of excitement was even more n i was greeted with in their indian aussie mix accent "hey mate we told ya u wud be back ;)" yes the damage was done I actually maxed out all my 3 cards and begged them to spare me for taxi fare n i get another smart alec reply "no worries mate we'll drop you" yes i ended up buying a beautiful eternity ring in white gold, a pear shaped 0.50ct solitare pendant and a stunning diamond with saphire bangle. Yes they can resize and and also remake your old jewellery in style you want in a days time and also deliver it at your hotel! after a tough tiring day I head for dinner at one the many cruise restaurants for some great arabic food and music... But yes even today I look at the spark on my diamond and i remeber those blokes who pampered me so well at Prime Gems and to my surprise the same jewellery at home stores was 3 times! of what I paid or stll paying as a matter of fact!! :) Yes i m looking forward for some more retail therapy when i go back in december at the dubai city of gold as they call it.... cheers

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