I never had a burning wish to visit Dubai, but in search of sun and turquoise sea in April reachables in less than 8 hours, Dubai popped up as an OK destination.
So, if you really have to go to Dubai, I mean if you have to go there for business, here are my impressions:
Visit the house of Sheikh Saeed, (the grandfather of the current Sheikh) in the evening when the air gets cooler, then have dinner alfresco by the Creek, in the Shindagha area. There we had the best food in Dubai and the best Turkish coffee, flavoured with cardamom.
In a different evening go for a coffee and a nargile at the Sultans’s Lounge inside the Zaabeel Saray on The Palm. The Lounge is a dedicated area in the lobby, but if you, like me, hate air conditioning, better sit on the terrace and enjoy their confortable sofas.
Take time to make a tour of the lobby and raise your head to see the lamps. I took some photos, but they dont do a favour to the real objects.
I also liked the lounge corner of the Spa, beside the interesting corner lamp they have a velvet sofa with a mother-of-pearl inlay teak table.
See Burj Khalifa, the tallest tower in the world. I found it spectacular during the day and very misterious and sleek at night. If you have time, after the fountain show (I enjoyed the elegant Arabic music) go to dinner at Souk Al Bahar, the mini-mall across Dubai Mall, the MegaMALL.
You can view the place like I did: Dubai Mall is the future and Souk Al Bahar is the tradition. Between them is the fountain, water and light.
My people in Dubai:
The shopkeeper inside the house-museum of the Sheikh Saeed who asked me if I am Muslim because i was wearing a silver pendant with a filigraned prayer.
Suni, the Thai masseuse from the Dubai Beach Resort & Spa.
Mazen, the Syrian sales assistant passionate about fashion who admired my Romanian designed shalwars.
DJ, aka Diane & John from Philadelphia, celebrating their 42nd wedding anniversary, heading to India and Nepal next. We met them while queing at the Burj Khalifa tower.
Peter Kollar, the captain of the hot air ballon, a Hungarian-German-global citizen with attitude.
Below is a picture of 3 lights: the Moon, the streetlamp and the lighted Burj Khalifa tower.