Eating and Sleeping in Dubai

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As usual when we travel, we sought out both local foods as well as interesting restaurants. We had a lot of hummus, kebabs and gyros, but we also ate at a few particularly interesting restaurants. These included: Qbara, one of the hottest new restaurants in the city, is a beautifully and expensively designed [Read more …]

Desert Safari and Dune Bashing

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Although Dubai is mostly about scale, luxury and excess, the Emirate has another side–sand. To experience this, we had to take a dessert safari. Our experience included about an hour of dune bashing where four-wheel drive Land Rovers sped up and down dunes, taking sharp turns where the cars lean at precarious angles and throw [Read more …]

Exploring Old Dubai

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"Old" is something of a misnomer when applied to Dubai. True, the Al Fahidi Fort was built in 1787 (and is the oldest building in the city), but the buildings that surrounded it are long gone. The current “old” sections of the city was rebuilt in the 1970s to appeal to tourists—which is Dubai’s number [Read more …]

Dubai: The Glitz and the Reality

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Dubai, is Abu Dhabi’s smaller, less wealthy cousin with an outsize attitude. Since it lacks the natural resources of Abu Dhabi, it chose its own model–one apparently modeled after Las Vegas, except, bigger, taller and with far more glitz, although with less alcohol and without gambling and sex. Although its present site has been occupied [Read more …]

Al Ain

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One of the side trips we took while in the UAE was to Al Ain. This city/area is actually part of Abu Dhabi, is and is the site of the largest, first discovered oasis in Abu Dhabi. Not surprisingly, as an oasis, it was a primary cradle of Emirati civilization, having been established about 4,000 [Read more …]