After a bout of gawking and gasping a dam interesting place . . . . 👀 😎 🍺
Our flight from Paris may well have been in the Tardis! We arrived well after dark and saw almost nothing on the way from the Airport to our accommodation at the Nihal Palace Hotel in Diera, one of the older areas of Dubai. Next morning when we were able to see this desert city, using the air-conditioned upper deck of the BigRed Bus, we could well have been on another planet and at some time in the future. Why you ask, he's exaggerating - well: it was 44* (degrees) by 10.30 am and a light dust cloud gave the multitude of tall odd shaped shiny buildings created surreal armosphere. Especially with tall turbaned middle eastern gentlemen in white flowing robes!
Today's modern Dubai begins wth oil being extracted in the early 1970's! You have to marvel at the planning, financial, engineering, and strategic skills evident here! We have been 'rubbernecking' most of the day with occaisional excursions into two of the many massive air-conditioned shopping centres. Everything here seems to be airconditioned and so it should be. For example, metro/train stations and even bus stops have AC!
As we travelled about similarities with Singapore easily came to mind, but really we have not seen any city quite like this. The place is laid out on a grand scale, making travel from one suburb to the next a bit of a challenge, despite a massive road system and the monorail/metro. And, a most intersting statistic, 81% of Dubai's population have foreign passports and reside here with temporary work visas. Many of them are building the place, (from labourers to engineers) working in shops, domestic duties, etc etc. Here are some more photos from our day of touring. Many of the photos are 'rough' but they do give you the general idea of what we saw. 👀
Touring here again tomorrow and may get some more/better pics. Souks and Dubai Creek.