The magnificent artificial island in Dubai UAE
Bread n Butter Episode 56
Visiting the fabled countries of the desert is truly an enjoyable experience as attested to by our recent holiday in Dubai U.A.E. where we spent a day of fun and exploration. Since were more knowledgeable of the Western countries, it is much to our surprise to learn how highly developed Dubai has become. In fact it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
Dubai we learned is just one of the seven emirates of the United Arab
Emirates which is ruled by Muslim Monarch called emir. Its current ruler is Mohammed bin Maktoum who is also the Prime Minister and Vice Pres. Arabic is the official language used here but don’t worry about communication gaps since most residents speak English. So you won’t be having problems haggling for your favorite shopping items or be worried getting lost in this big city.
State of the art infrastructures is scattered throughout Dubai City which is affectionately called “city of superlatives” One of these is the Souk Madinat.
Souk is Arabic for market place and Madinat means city. The Souk Madinat we learned is a first class shopping district which is visited by thousands of people on a daily basis. It houses hundreds of shopping stalls offering a variety of products for tourists. Restaurants also dot the place offering satisfaction for the gastronomic cravings of the tired and hungry shoppers. Different modes of transportation can be easily accessed in different parts of the city. If you want to cruise the Dubai creek in fashion you can ride the “abra” or water taxi where you can see the whole city just sitting comfortably in one of these smooth sailing boats. If you want to save your dirham’s a little bit more like we did, you can avail the inexpensive service of the bus since it travels around most of the major thoroughfares in Dubai. If you want to travel all on your own, there is the taxi where you can go to most places in the city which I think is the most convenient.
If you really want to experience the truly opulent in 1st class hotel service,
you might want to stay at the Burj Al Arab. A little bit of trivia, do you know that this magnificent structure is one of the most photographed buildings in the world? Jutting immensely from a manmade island it is an exhilarating sight to behold. We had a really great time there.
As a testament to man’s great engineering ability, there is the Palm Jumeirah which is also an artificial island. Shaped like an enormous palm tree extending to the Persian Gulf, it is one of three islands called The Palm Islands. Prime lands are available for the ultra rich to build their equally ultra stylish and expensive homes. Complete with hotels shopping malls and restaurants and other amenities it is a whole new world of its own. How we’d wish we could have the means to live there.
Dubai was a completely unknown city to us. What we know is its surrounded by desert thus an unwelcome place to visit. But with our visit there, Dubai’s secrets was revealed to us. Dubai is indeed a shining jewel in the midst of the desert we’ll be saving my few pesos from now on just to have the Dubai experience someday.