Up a creek. Without a toaster.

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Bling!
Our Dubai adventure for the day was to cross the Dubai Creek and explore the Deira neighborhood, where Dubai’s large Gold Souk (shopping area) can be found. We wandered the neighborhood and studied some extremely flashy gold pieces -- fun to look at, but not my taste, thank you! We even saw a belly dancer top (?) that appeared to be made out of gold. If you are looking for outrageous bling, this is your place.

There were also clothing vendors, and Steve bought an “Emirates” t-shirt for about $5. The vendors here work a bit differently … their technique seems to be to overwhelm their target with kindness and solicitude, so you really feel obligated to buy from such super nice guys.
On Dubai Creek.
Steve almost ended up with one of those white gowns and red headdresses the men wear here! Although I really like these outfits -- they look so cool and crisp -- I think you have to be a local, or a Saudi prince, to pull it off. He walked away...very reluctantly.

Then we walked along the Creek in search of Tour Dubai, who offers boat tours of Dubai Creek. It was HOT, HOT, HOT out! Dubai’s high this month was 42ºC (108ºF), so I guess we should feel lucky that it was “only” 36ºC (97ºF).  I didn’t feel very lucky walking in the hot sun though. Everything was much farther than it looked on the map, so we finally gave up on Tour Dubai and just paid a guy to take us up the Creek in his boat. It was much cooler on the water, but frankly there didn’t seem to be all that much to look at.
Burjuman shopping center.
I think a tour guide would have been helpful. We finally spotted Tour Dubai, way up the river -- we would have never made it walking.

We got off the boat, kind of at a loss for what to do next. I still didn’t feel well and wanted to get out of the sun, so we finally took a cab to the nearest mall, called Burjuman Center. If you wonder why we keep ending up at shopping malls, well: there are a lot of them, and they are air-conditioned!   
 
This was a beautiful mall and there were many fine restaurants to choose from, so I am not sure how we ended up at a stuffy, ashtray-smelling place. I haven’t eaten much these past couple days, but felt like I could handle some hummus, which they had on their menu…so I guess that’s how we ended up there. Anyway, the hummus was great and certainly put all pre-packaged hummus to shame.
I think we've finally lost it.
But eating it made my stomach start to jump up and down (in a bad way, not a happy way), so I couldn’t finish my wonderful-looking salad and we soon ended up back at the hotel once again.

I went to bed and spent the rest of the day there. Later that night, an episode of Mythbusters made us both hungry for toast. We happened to have a loaf of bread. Lacking the proper toasting implements, we were forced to get creative: Steve rigged up the clothes iron and an ice bucket, and I used it to made two fine pieces of toast! And so we spent our last night in Dubai... as usual, things didn't go as planned.  But I guess it didn't turn out so bad in the long run. After all, we did learn a new way to make toast.
rotorhead85 says:
Great blog and pics!
Posted on: Jun 17, 2008
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Bling!
Bling!
On Dubai Creek.
On Dubai Creek.
Burjuman shopping center.
Burjuman shopping center.
I think weve finally lost it.
I think we've finally lost it.
Gold prices on the ticker.
Gold prices on the ticker.
Near the Gold Souk in the Deira ne…
Near the Gold Souk in the Deira n…
This man tried his best, but did n…
This man tried his best, but did …
Vendors, laying in wait.
Vendors, laying in wait.
A garment vendor and his lunch.
A garment vendor and his lunch.
Our walk up the creek. A definite …
Our walk up the creek. A definite…
Local boat on the creek.
Local boat on the creek.
Local boats, called Dhaos.
Local boats, called Dhaos.
Reflection in building as seen fro…
Reflection in building as seen fr…
On Dubai Creek.
On Dubai Creek.
Steve and our boat captain.
Steve and our boat captain.
Me during our outing on Dubai Cree…
Me during our outing on Dubai Cre…
Fancy yachts and fancy buildings. …
Fancy yachts and fancy buildings.…
My lunch.
My lunch.
Dubai
photo by: vances