On the buses and the waterJanuary 12 in the United Arab Emirates
A full day exploring Dubai today. Using the bus we visited many of the major landmarks including Burj Khalifa, the tallest building with 161 floors and reaching 828m (2717 ft) high; the Burj Al Arab hotel given a 7* rating and shaped like a sail; the Atlantis hotel at the end of the reclaimed land shaped like a palm tree; and the fountain display set to music at the Dubai Mall which houses over 1000 shops (and is undergoing an extension - come on The Lexicon, Bracknell, fill those empty shops!)
We stopped for lunch in Souk Madinat, a maze-like bazaar with shops and restaurants lining wood-framed walkways alongside man made canals filled with bright blue water.
Observations from today are: the city has no graffiti, no chewing gum left anywhere and no litter. Also, if you keep looking up at skyscrapers you get a stiff neck!
After spending yesterday on the buses we spent today on the water. We'd planned to take a metro ride down to the Dubai Marina but Friday being a holy day scuppered that as the trains do not start runing until 10am, so we took the bus instead! The man made marina is home to 200 skyscrapers and home to over 200k residents. When we finished that cruise we caught a train up to Dubai Creek and took to the water again for a cruise up and down the Creek with the Abra's constantly in motion all around us.
In the evening we took a bus tour to see the city by night - boy, they love their illumination here! We finished the evening watching a light show at the Wafi, an Egyptian themed hotel.Read more