More photos to post from Dubai. Having spent my last few days off out in the desert, this past week I decided to explore old Dubai, the Dubai Creek area, with 2 friends, Mikel and Colin. We took a taxi to the Dubai Museum and explored the nearby Bastakiya. This is where you will see traditional Arabic building structures. It’s a great place to stop for lunch in their outdoor art cafe. Try the Basta Special drink – lime, lemon and mint all blended into one refreshing and scrumptuous sip of heaven!
Dubai freeway – Sheikh Zayed Road
Below are the Dubai Museum and Bastakiya, which is one of Dubai’s oldest heritage sites.
The tower in the photo below is called a barjeel, which is wind tower, and acts as an air conditioner by drawing cool air into the home.
Textile Souq before opening to the public. There are many outdoor souqs, or markets, in Dubai – the Spice Souq, the Gold Souq, the Textile Souq, the Fish Souq, the Perfume Souq, the Satwa Souq (for fabrics), the Karama Souq (for designer knock-offs) and the Bur Dubai Souq.
Historical Arabian Dhow – traditional sailing vessel of the Emirates.
We splurged for the 1 hour tour of the Dubai Creek with a private water taxi. This is a must when down in this part of town. The river is jammed with boats of all sizes and styles – taxi’s, tour dhows, cargo dhows, yachts, you name and it’s probably there – all jockeying for position on this liquid highway! It’s a great way to see traditional and modern architecture together.
Dubai Creek – traditional…..
…. or contemporary! The building on the left with the curved facade is the National Bank of Dubai, by architect Carlos Ott.
Because the weather is so great at this time of year, the best place to be at night is outside – up high if possible. Here’s a view of the Palm Jumeirah at night from the rooftop of the Royal Mirage Hotel.
Burj Al Arab at night – the world’s only 7 star hotel. You must make reservations to enter the building. We will be heading over there later this week to see this iconic structure for ourselves.
To be continued….