The first night of 1001 arabian nights
Dubai Travel Blog› entry 2 of 7 › view all entries
July 21st, 2006 – by: grubi
Pick-up at Dubai Airport by the Travel agent was quick and efficient. Just the time to get trough passport control was long because our immigration officer was making jokes and chatting with all passengers while he was issuing the visas and this took a lot of time.
Check-in at the Jumeirah Beach hotel after about 25 minutes of transfer was qick and very friendly. You can feel the arabian hospitality everywhere. Hotel staff greets everytime with a smile.
Temperature here is actually arround 43°C. That's quite hot, but you can do things outside as well.
Mall of the Emirates
It's currently the biggest shopping mall in Dubai with lots of different shops, restaurants, a cinema and the skidome which is directly connected to the mall.
Most shops are selling high priced products, mainly in the fashion sector. You also have food courts with many different typs of food availible on the upper floor.
Walking through the mall shows you another dome made of glass and steel. Through it you can feel the strong sun heating up the complete air-conditioned building.
It's a great experience walking past the many different shops.
Dubai City Tour
At 15.15 we started our guided coach tour through Dubai. We stopped at the oldest Mosque, continued to the Creekside (with excellent view of the building of the National bank of Dubai).
Then we took a dhow to get on the other side of the creek where we walked through the spicemarket which offers many differnt types of spices. If you want to buy something you have to deal with the seller everytime, even if the product doesn't seems to be expensive.
At the goldmarket (the world's largest one) you can buy everything made of gold. Juwellery as well as watches and other things. You also get copied watches, sunglasses, DVD-movies, etc. offered, which are quite cheap. It was a great experience because you'll never find something like that in Europe. Fruit-drink-bars are located across the city center and offer very cheap and tasty fruit-drinks.
The last stop was at the fruit and seafoodmarket. Here you can buy every fruit you like as well as many different fishes which are also transported to other regions (in the gulf area) by truck.
Thereafter we returned to our hotel to take a shower.
By taxi we drove to the Creekside restaurant (Japanese restaurant) at the Sheraton Hotels & Towers Deira for eating sushi "all you can eat". There they offered the best sushi I (as a European) have ever eaten. Many different typs of sushi were offered. As apetizer they served delicious spicy chicken balls and a japanese vegetable soup. All things very delicios.
After the nice dinner we returned to the hotel to go to bed, because we were tired because of the quite long city tour.
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