Dubai

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J had a flight to Dubai and asked if I wanted to go with him.  A few days in the desert after a long winter ?  You bet.  While waiting at the gate to preboard, I met the wife of the captain and we hit it off pretty well. 

After checking in, the four of us decided to go into town and visit the souks (traditional Arabic markets) and get a bite to eat.  When we arrived at the gold souks, I realised that I should have brought sunglasses. I had never seen so much gold in one place.  You could get dizzy walking around there, but it was incredibly fun.

Upon returning to the hotel, we were informed that for security purposes, we were going to another hotel in Sharjah.

view from the terrace of the hotel in Sharjah
  The US was planning on attacking Iraq and the crew hotel was located next to the US Embassy.  The cabin crew were already packed and in the lobby.  Only they were heading to the airport to fly back to Amsterdam with that evening's returning flight.  The following flight wouldn't be until next week.

It was pretty late when we finally checked in, so sleeping in and a late breakfast it was.  We were advised not to leave the hotel grounds so we spent the day on the beach and the evening on the tennis court.  After dinner, again informed that we were back to another hotel in Dubai thus closer to the airport, just in case.  In case of what ?

You can imagine our surprise when the van pulled up in front of our hotel.  Out one window was the 'sail' and the other the 'breaking wave'.  We were staying at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel.  All I thought was WOW.  That evening we enjoyed the light show of the Burj Al Arab (the sail) from our balcony.  Talk about sleeping in luxury.

 

vances says:
So did you buy any gold? The luster of the gold souk really overhwelms you...sunglasses are a great recommendation!
Posted on: Apr 21, 2008
ms_travelr says:
Hey Jeff, UAE can be pretty expensive depending on where you stay. I was actually quite surprised at the prices we came across at the souks. Pretty reasonable.
Posted on: Mar 16, 2008
jennjeff1 says:
I heard UAE is very expensive but also has extravagently lavish accomodations. ~Jeff
Posted on: Mar 11, 2008
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