Like A Tourist In My Own City

5 years ago

'Dubai, my home for almost the last decade, is a quintessential tourist’s haven. It’s a shame that the only thing that comes to mind when one hears Dubai is Shopping. But, walking through the art alleys of Bastakia and the old quarters along the Dubai Creek, watching the sun go down the beautiful and never ending beaches of Jumeirah, catching the stars in a moonlit night over the desert sky… there’s so much more to Dubai. Dubai is a juxtaposition of extremes – the world’s tallest tower to the old Creek where still the Iranian vessels anchor their moors and trade goes on as it did at the beginning of the history of the city. It’s a vibrant and growing city where expatriates from all over the world are striving to make it a true international city. Modern technology is pitted here against absolute consumerism. Zero carbon footprint is a concept that Dubai-ites are trying to learn after emitting gallons of carbon in the air!

While in Dubai you could have the world’s most expensive cocktail priced at US$7,438.13 or AED 27,321/drink) or dine in the highest restaurants in the world, swim with the dolphins or watch the sun go down sipping your drink from a terrace lounge in an expensive hotel, the following are the things that I do with my guests – experiencing the city in its different shades and textures. A run down of it in brief – the write ups for each place is pretty brief, the list isn’t it. I have also chalked out the different routes in different colours in Google Map along with my preferred parking spaces – so that you can see Dubai unhurriedly, without the stress of where to park and ultimately see Dubai as I see it and alleviate it from the tag of a ‘city with only shopping malls’!

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