Most of the dhows on Dubai Creek looked a little worse for wear, like the one on the left. I am sure all the resources and energy go into loading and transporting goods. One of the exceptions, was the dhow on the right which really stood out with its freshly painted exterior, showing the true colors and details of what a dhow should be. I especially liked how the hanging laundry coordinate so well with the colors of the painted trim on the dhow.
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Dubai’s newest (for now) big attraction is a 300 foot tall picture frame. After walking through displays showing old Dubai, an elevator whisks you up to the top where you get panoramic views of old Dubai on one side and new, downtown Dubai on the other. The elevator then whisks you back down to displays of a fantastic future Dubai.
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Wondering where to stay in Dubai? With so many luxurious accommodations to choose from, the many options can be daunting. In a city filled with extravagant 5+ star hotels, the small, boutique XVA Art hotel in the historic Al Fahidi district of Dubai stands out for its elegant simplicity and unique art decor. The facility hosts a hotel, an art gallery and also a gourmet vegetarian cafe. But most importantly, it’s a serene refuge in a city that can feel a little too busy at times. A stay at this unique property provides a quiet retreat in an environment that feels both creative and authentic.
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Another unique Dubai experience is to wander around the Gold Souq area along Dubai Creek. The window displays are full of extravagantly large gold pieces. For most of us it is about window shopping, but for some, it is about buying.
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Yes – Dubai has an art scene. I should not have been surprised by this. After all, the city itself is a lesson in unique architecture. It is clear that when it comes to buildings at least, form and design are just as important as function. So, I decided to learn more about Dubai’s emerging art scene by taking the Dubai by Foot Art Tour. Continue reading “Checking Out Dubai’s Art Scene on a Dubai by Foot Art Tour”
The Miracle Garden Dubai is a true oasis in the desert. Granted, it’s a fantasy, man made oasis, but like everything in Dubai, it is a big, bold and over the top experience. Continue reading “Feeling the Blooming Love in a Miracle Garden Dubai Oasis”
Dubai is known for its cutting edge building designs. Lots of steel. Lots of glass. Lots of interesting angles. So you might be surprised to find buildings and walls decorated with murals. Street art in Dubai is alive and well. Continue reading “Finding Street Art in Dubai”
Taking a traditional abra ride across Dubai Creek from one side to the other is probably the most authentic and least expensive Dubai experience you can have. Continue reading “PhotoPOSTcard: Traditional Abras on Dubai Creek”
Take a walk along Dubai Creek and explore its two sides to find remnants of old Dubai. It is along the shores of Dubai Creek that the area was settled in the 1830’s, and it is here where I was able to still find some examples of traditional Dubai. On the south side of the creek is the Bur Dubai neighborhood where I explored the Al Fahidi Historical area, the Dubai Museum and the Bur Dubai Souq. Then, after taking a ride across the creek on a traditional abra to the northern Deira side, I explored the exotic Spice and Gold Souqs.
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A prime location, amenities like its own water park and aquarium, elegant yet whimsical decor and award winning restaurants made my holiday to Atlantis Dubai in the United Arab Emirates a truly unique experience. It has become one of my favorite resort stays anywhere.
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