Dubai (UAE)

At the beginning of November, while heading back from India (after a few weeks of vacation), I'd a stop-over at Dubai (for two days), as I planned on looking around this city, which is well-known for its innovative real-estate projects and other things. I was prepared and had the 'Transit Visa' from the UAE consulate in Germany, before heading for my vacation in India. Anyways, I was a little bit concerned to pass-by Dubai, after reading all the stories from those news websites and other articles, about arresting innocent people at the airports for unnecessary reasons. This is the kind of feeling that people have when they think of travelling to different countries. Indeed, that was a false impression that I had and there's nothing to worry about, if you aint doing anything wrong (or more precisely, 'illegal') and that was proved, after my stay at Dubai. Also, Dubai is a cosmopolitan city with good number of British, Americans, Germans, Africans, Asians (from other countries), Russians, ex-soviet-union countries like Georgia, Armenia, et al.

I reached Dubai sometime around 9 PM and took a taxi to the hotel (At Deira, Dubai) that I booked and was tired enough to hit the bed. The next day, I woke up pretty early, had my breakfast and strolled around that area, to find a book shop and buy some tourist maps. I found a book shop, after walking a bit and planned on going to Jumeira, which is one of the famous areas in Dubai. Here are some pics that I shot, on the way to Jumeira:

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From Dubai - UAE


From Dubai - UAE


From Dubai - UAE


After I reached Jumeira, I walked towards the beach, which is mostly used/occupied by the European/American/Russian tourists. It was pretty hot that day and I felt like jumping into the water, but couldn't do that, as I didn't have much time for that. Also, taking pictures is prohibited around the beach. After that, I'd a conversation with a local guy, about the heat and how hot it would be in different seasons. He said that its cold at that moment and that it would be harsh in the summer (at around 47 degrees celsius). In my opinion, it was pretty hot and burning at that moment (Guess the temperature was between 35 and 37 degrees celsius). In cold European countries, they have bus-stops with radiators. Like-wise, they have air-conditioned bus-stops in Dubai. You can imagine, how hot it would be (although its comfortable in the shade). Here are some pics from around that place:

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From Dubai - UAE


After that, I took the taxi to the 'Burj-Al Arab' hotel, which is one of the landmarks of Dubai. Here's a video that I shot on the way (which shows a part of Dubai skyline):



It wasn't that far from the Jumeira beach and so it took, just a few minutes to reach that hotel. This hotel (Burj-Al Arab) is one of the world's famous luxury hotels and its structure is built in such a way, that it resembles the sail of a boat. Also, its one of the most expensive hotels in the world. To visit the hotel and check its interiors, you need to get a permission and for which, you should apply 15 days before your visit. I haven't done much about that and thought that it would good enough to have a glimpse of that hotel, from the outside. There's also an other hotel called 'Jumeira', which is right beside this hotel and is also one of the best and expensive hotels in the world. Here's a video:



And here are some pics from around that place;

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From Dubai - UAE


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There's also a 'Helipad' at the top of the hotel, on which the people-with-big-bucks can directly land into the hotel. Here's a pic:

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After looking around and taking good pics around that place, I took the local bus to a shopping mall called 'Batuta', which is said to be one of the best shopping malls in Dubai. Also, I thought that I could see many other places, on the way to that mall, as its located at one end of the city. Here are some pics that I shot on the way:

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From Dubai - UAE


From Dubai - UAE


From Dubai - UAE


From Dubai - UAE


After that, I reached Batuta mall and got a breather and was waiting to rush into the mall, as I was sweating profusely because of all the heat and travelling from one place to other. I guess, most of the people (apart from the poor labourers and construction workers) stay behind closed doors in air-conditioned houses/offices/malls, et al places. This is also probably the reason why Dubai is wide awake, even at midnight, coz its pretty comfortable and good to do things, after the sun sets. By the way, most of the labourers and construction workers are from villages or other remote parts of India (specially from the state of Kerala, in India). Also, there are huge number of workers from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Phillipines, et al. Apart from this, there are also huge number of people from India, who work in Banking/Software/Fashion and other fields. This is the reason why 'Hindi' or 'Malayalam' is widely spoken in Dubai. If you know Hindi/English/Arabic/Malayalam, you can comfortably live in Dubai. Here are some pics from 'Batuta' mall:

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From Dubai - UAE


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From Dubai - UAE


From Dubai - UAE


From Dubai - UAE


After spending sometime there, I headed back into the city, to an other part, where they were building the tallest structure in the world. Here are some videos that I shot, on the way:





And here are some pics:

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From Dubai - UAE


After reaching this landmark structure, I spent sometime looking around and shooting some pics. This building is not yet complete, but was officially announced as the tallest structure in the world. It stands above 700 metres at the moment and is expected to rise over 818 mts, when completed. Here's a video:



And here are some pics:

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After that, I headed back to the hotel, as I wanted to reach that place before the rush-hour, when the traffic gets worse and would take around a couple of hours to reach my hotel (which normally takes a couple of minutes, off rush-hours). Here are some more pics that I shot, on the way back:

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From Dubai - UAE


From Dubai - UAE


That was it, for Dubai. The next day, I just took a stroll around some main areas of Dubai and caught the flight back to Germany. While on the plane, I got to see the 'Palm Jumeira', which is a set of small, artificial islands and is one of the innovative real-estate projects of Dubai. Its a wonderful creation, but unfortunately, I couldn't capture any pics. Thats it! Ciao ;-)