Travel chronicles – UAE, Jan 2015 

15th Jan 2015

All that glitters is gold!

Whenever someone mentions Dubai I think of gold.

Is it normal? Yes? No? Maybe?

Beat this!

There are ATM machines that dispose gold bars. Wait there is more… Gold and Diamond Park, gold shoes, gold cars and gold toilets… Insane isn’t it.

The United Arab Emirates consists of 7 Emirates: Abu Dhabi the capital (yes that’s right not Dubai), Dubai (the largest city), Sharjah, Rus Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain, Ajman and Fujairah. Their official language is Arabic, the weekend is Friday and Saturday and the national day is Dec 2nd.

I am thrilled to narrate my week in the UAE. Even though this is a late post I can vividly recall every detail. For all you folks who are planning to visit, I'd suggest you to look for a decent/average place to stay. There is so much out there to explore no point soaking yourself in that fancy bathtub unless you want to burn a big hole in your pocket.

My days be like: Wake up early, get dressed, get lost and return when the wolves howls. Next day, wake up early, get dressed, get lost and return when the vampires are out on the prowl. Next day, you know the drill now.

Do you know that 91% of the populations are expatriates of whom Indians are the largest group mostly from Tamil Nadu and Kerala states.

Must visit:

(Order is important, beginning with what moved me the most)

The Dubai Fountain

It was stellar to watch water shooting up to 450ft, the best incandescent lights, the lake, the music and the vibes around. Gosh! Do check out a video on YouTube for a glimpse. It is incredible.

Do you know that the world’s highest tennis court stands atop of the Burj Al Arab in Dubai

Miracle Garden

This garden is a floral display in the shape of hearts, train, figures, pyramids, stars, houses and lot more. The flowers are maintained by re-use of water using drip irrigation. I missed the new addition, a butterfly garden. It has recently launched the world’s first indoor butterfly garden and sanctuary with 15000 butterflies from 26 species. Imagine that.

Do you know that there are no rivers in the UAE. The main source if drinking water is desalinated seawater.

The Desert Safari

Unbelievable. Stupendous, Magical, Surreal. Adventurous freaks this is your cuppa tea. The drive is crazy, you would feel that adrenaline rush. The safari is followed by an evening in a camp with belly dancing, food, camel rides and the stealer for me was the professional fire dancers.

Do you know that their police fleet includes Lamborghinis, Bentleys, Ferraris. So much poshness to catch speeders.

Sheik Zayed Grand mosque

It is a treat to ones eyes. It showcases the world’s largest chandelier and the world’s largest hand knotted carpet. It has 82 white marble domes and more than a 1000 decorated columns. I can conveniently say it is one of the finest structures I have every seen in my lifetime.

Do you know that you need to obtain a liquor license to drink in the privacy of your home

The Dubai Creek crossing

Crossing the creek in an abra is the cheapest yet the best. The fare is only a dhiram, I could do this continuously one whole day.

Do you know that…. get ready for this one. Dubai has no sewer system they use poop trucks to dump the load at the sewer treatment plants. Oh shit!

Jabel Hafeet Mountains

I have a thing for mountains. Driving to the top of the mountains is mandatory. The view is extraordinary. Part of the mountain straddles the border of Oman. It is labeled as one of the best driving roads in the world. Every year national and international riders participate in the Annual cycling challenge held usually in January.

Do you know that there is no address system in Dubai, for a parcel to be delivered proper directions have to be mentioned. Interesting isn’t it!

Dubai Aquarium and underwater Zoo

It is one of the largest tanks in the world and has about 85 species including sharks, piranhas, giant catfish and lot more. There are several aquatic experiences including Shark dive, scuba diving and cage snorkeling.

There’s the Palm islands (largest man made island), Ferrari world (largest indoor amusement park) and buildings loads and loads of fancy stuff around. You’d be like I had enough of this fancy shit and then be like Oh wow! Look at that. OMG. Are you kidding me?

Wait did I forget to mention the world’s tallest building. Hell no, I saved this for the last.

The Burj-Khalifa.

Frank Lloyd Wright wanted to build a mile high building in Chicago. The Burj Khalifa is only half a mile and inspired by Wrights design.

Do you know that the people living on the upper floors must wait a little longer to break their fast because it takes them longer to see the sun set.

The world’s top 5 tallest hotels are all situated in Dubai. Princess Tower, the world’s tallest residential building 101 floors. Dubai Marina, is the tallest block of skyscrapers in the world. It homes 7 of the 10 tallest residential buddings in the world.

Some more Funky facts!

The Dubai Metro is the World’s first driverless train, exciting!

You get Camel burgers in Dubai.

There is no tax… Whatever you earn, you take home.

Wait, there is more…. The best is yet to come.

Masdar City, the worlds first zero carbon city. The city runs entirely on renewable energy sources. The residents of the city are all students at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology. The city of the future is in the middle of a desert. Glorious I’d say.

Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum was responsible for the transformation of Dubai.

His famous line “ My grandfather rode a camel, my father rode a camel, I drive a Mercedes, my son drives a land rover, his son will drive a land rover but his son will ride a camel”.

P.S I lost most of the beautiful pics. Uploading whatevers left (:

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