A Short Tour of Dubai

Burj Al ArabHello again! I am currently in Dhaka, Bangladesh on my final trip for the current project we have here. The project is ending in December, so I won’t be back again for this project. I thought the last trip here might be my last, but it wasn’t! I flew through Dubai again on Emirates (on the A380…such a nice plane – so spacious! It really is nice even though there are more than 500 people on it). I landed in Dubai on Thursday evening, and my flight to Dhaka wasn’t until 1pm on Friday, so I decided to take advantage of those few hours and see a bit of the city. I’ve stopped over in Dubai several times now, but have never really seen any of it except the airport and the hotels where I stayed.

I booked a private city tour for the morning. I only had two hours, which the ‘guide/taxi driver’ kept telling me was just too short. Apparently his tours usually last 5 or 6 hours. So he took me to see ‘the most beautiful places’ in Dubai. Personally, I would have been more interested in some of the more interesting places (markets, mosques, etc.) but I did get to see some of the most extravagant hotels and malls I have ever seen, as well as the Perisan Gulf and the downtown skyline.

Dubai is part of the United Arab Emirates, located on the Persian Gulf. It has a population of about 3.5M. I knew that there are a lot of migrant workers from Asia in Dubai, but I did not realize that only 20% of the population is actually from the emirates. Apparently (so Wikipedia tells me) 62% of the population is from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh! It is the migrant workers who enable Dubai to maintain all the extravagance for the few who can afford it.

Burj KhalifWe started the tour by heading towards ‘The Palm Jumeirah’ a development of luxury condos and villas on reclaimed land that has the shape of a palm tree (look it up on google images to see what I mean). At the end (top?) of the of the palm tree shape is the Atlantis on the Palm hotel. I had a chance to hop out of the car and walk through it. The hotel has a mall inside and an aquarium. Insane. We drove from the by Jumeirah beach, which is a public beach. Lots of people were out as it was a weekend. From there we went by the 7-start hotel the Burj Al Arab, which is the sail shaped tower also constructed on reclaimed land off the coast of Dubai. 7-stars! They don’t let you in that one unless you are staying there … We also stopped at a mall where there were shops selling all sorts of beautiful (and probably very expensive) things. It was a very hazy day, so my pictures aren’t great. But I did get a shot of the tallest building – the Burj Khalif – on the way to the airport. And that was my short tour of Dubai!

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Posted in dubai | travel | work Submitted by Meg on Mon, 2010-09-20 11:30

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