Thursday, March 8, 2012

Dubai, a city with a building for every decade

Why did I decide on 10 different cities on Europe instead of the world? My decision was part of the new year resolution. Anyways, like all previous resolutions, it is going nowhere after 2 months into the new year. Had I chosen wisely two months back, I would have been closer to my goal. Today, I was in Dubai. I could have stuck one down from my list if I had chosen wisely.

I had 9 hours to kill before boarding the return flight to Paris. Time flies. When the transit visa was done, 2 hours had already passed. I am lucky because I was able to catch up with friends despite today being a working day; a couple of friends whom I haven't met for a decade and a half.

What is there to see in Dubai? Shopping malls, the tallest tower in the middle of the desert, Marina with a lot of boat tours... These are among the many ways to spent time here for the tourist. But time is of essence here. You cannot fit all of this into a short time span as these places are far away from each other.

Desert is not new to me. Having spent a year with my dad at his workplace, I have seen the sand dunes, the oasis and the amazing power of 4-wheel drives before. Sitting inside a car, you will not find any of these in Dubai. What you find is the varied architectural styles of buildings which clearly gives away the decade in which it was built.

I decided on two places to visit - the towering Burj Khalifa and the man made Marina. At the Burj Khalifa, I was greeted by the "Sold Out" sign for the ride on the elevator. Marina turned out to be a better option with many boat tours aimed for the tourists. Here again, time was the main constraint. So whatever I wanted to do remains to be done.

Inshallah, there will be another time. As for now, meeting up with friends after a very long time makes me happier.




11 comments:

  1. lovely shots.. the next time you are here.. give a shout.. will take you around:)))

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    1. :) Thank you. Next time, I will let you know for I have still many things to do in the city.

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  3. Meeting friends after a long time must have been great, even though you didn't get to see much of Dubai. And what are the 10 cities in Europe? Tell, tell :-)

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    1. The 10 cities.. I have kept it open. The resolution says "10 cities in Europe that I have never been to". I will keep you updated on the progress here. ;)

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  4. Dubai is a place i planned since time long and cudnt really make out to go.!

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    1. Be prepared for the traffic nightmare there. So plan your travel inside Dubai carefully in case you are driving. This is the feedback from the residents.

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  5. Mabrook! Nona- Let me know next time you visit Dubai!! Will take you to Atlantis for some adventure with the dolphins

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    1. Thank you very much, Sushma. I will definitely touchbase with you during my next trip.

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