Christmas Day in Dubai

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One of the Shindagha Souks. I love the random dude looking at the camera that invariably occurs.

Hello all,

I got a decent night's sleep, and I think that I have the jet lag figured out for this trip.  I woke up at about 6am, and grabbed the complimentary breakfast buffett on the 5th floor.  It was very good, and one of the things I love about other countries is trying all sorts of different tropical fruits.  Today it was a Dragon Fruit, which is something I had tried before but wasn't really sure what it was.  And I finally tried Kiwi for the first time.  I also tried another fruit that I could not identify, and had to ask a few of the wait staff what it was.  As it turned out they were figs.  Yes, I know it is very strange that I had never tried a fig before.  I've never even had a Fig Newton.

I started out the morning by heading down to the old section of town, Shindagha to check out the old souk (market) area.

Random mosque in the Al-Ras section of Dubai.
 If there's one thing that Dubai is short of, it's history.  And although the area was nice, it wasn't really old or impressive by any means.  I actually considered buying some spices for some reason (after about eight different sales pitches).

I then took a trip to the Mall Of The Emirates, home of the famous Ski Dubai.  The mall itself is pretty impressive, and the ski hill has five different runs and is almost 300 feet high.  There is also an indoor snow park for the kiddies to play in.  My GPS also did a very good job of getting me back and forth, and around town.  Although the installed maps are missing the closest Dubai Creek bridge to/from the Crowne Plaza, and are apparently unaware of the only toll road in town.

I came back to the hotel and chatted with a few friends back home on the laptop before heading out to the beach.  Jumeirah Beach is the nicest one in town, and is also know as Russian Beach due to the large amount of package tourists from that country.  The beach was nice, the sun was out, and the water was cold.  I stuck around for a few hours before coming back to the hotel to get some sleep.

I have a flight out of Abu Dhabi at about 3am, and it's at least a 90 minute drive to get there.  Tomorrow is my long whirlwind tour of the Gulf.  I fly into both Bahrain and Qatar, and should get back to the hotel about 26 hours later.  Good luck to me.

Later, Phil

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One of the Shindagha Souks.  I lov…
One of the Shindagha Souks. I lo…
Random mosque in the Al-Ras sectio…
Random mosque in the Al-Ras secti…
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