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This page contains the pictures of my trip to Dubai in the Middle-East
(United Arab Emirates) in Februari/March. I went there for to train a
customer, but it is always nice to see something from a different country.
Tuesday, 28thOn Tuesday morning I took this picture of the view I had from my breakfast table. As you can see there is no window, I am sitting outside in the nice 'winter' weather.
A colleague of mine hired a car and gave me a quick tour of the Souk Madinat Jumeirah. A beautiful mall and hotel complex in a traditional style. More pictures later.
Next he showed me the Ibn Battuta Mall, which is very beautifully decorated in several very different styles. We had a very good dinner there at the Asian Grill.
The trip from the Souk Madinat Jumeirah to the Ibn Battuta Mall was very thrilling. The first thing that happend was that we missed the exit to the gas-station. Next we missed the exit to the mall. It took us twenty minutes driving before we could turn-around. In itself not that exciting, except that the fuel-gage was saying that the tank was empty when we left the Souk Madinat Jumeirah. We had to drive back to the Ibn Battuta Mall for another twenty minutes. We barely made it. Luckally there was a gas-station at the mall.
Friday, 3thOn Friday I had the day of so did some site seeing in Dubai. My first stop was the Dubai Museum in the Al Fahidi Fort. This fort is de center of the original city. The museum itself is actually underground, under the dhow. The fort is only the entrance.
On the way to the Bastakiya Quarter I walked along the Dubai creek. The people use small traditional boats (abras) to ferry across the creek. The last picture shows my hotel at the opposite side of the water.
The Bastakiya Quarter is a historical area with buildings in the original Arabian architecture, with narrow streets and unique wind towers. These towers are a simple but efficient form of air conditioning. They work by catching the slightest breeze on one side of the tower, guiding to rooms under the tower and expelling the hot air at the opposite side of the tower.
Saturday, 4thLuckally I had a half day over, that I spend on visiting the Souk Madinat Jumeirah again and the nearby Burj al-Arab.
This is the mall by daylight. It is beautifully made in the traditional Arabic architecture. No shops with big glass and chrome store fronts.
Next I walked to the beach to see the Burj al-Arab from the beach and watch the sun set.
After sun-set I walked back to the Souk Madinat Jumeirah and took some beautiful pictures of the lighted mall and the Burj al-Arab reflecting in the water.