Monthly Archives: December 2016

Happy New Year!
Happy New Year!

Happy New Year and all the best in 2017!

Best wishes with few more details from United Arab Emirates since there is one more Glimpse of Dubai to come on Tuesday, and than we’ll be off to another destination in January. Make sure to follow and thus be notified of new posts in time. (more…)

Dubai: CELEBRATING NEW YEAR ALL YEAR ROUND (15)
Dubai: CELEBRATING NEW YEAR ALL YEAR ROUND (15)

After everything you have seen, heard and experienced, you try to sum up the impressions and all those Dubai facts you have learned during your trip. (more…)

Dubai: HAVING A DRINK IN THE CITY (14)
Dubai: HAVING A DRINK IN THE CITY (14)

When it comes to going out for a drink in Dubai, well, it does require certain planning in advance. Wide range of restaurants, cafes that are usually in shopping centers or right next to them, do offer a great choice welcoming even the pickiest tourists. But if you occasionally want to enjoy a glass of vine, a pint of beer or any other alcoholic beverage, it becomes a bit tricky. Or at least – different. (more…)

Dubai: QUICK STOP TO ABU DHABI (12)
Dubai: QUICK STOP TO ABU DHABI (12)

One of the things I have promised myself to visit, if I ever set foot onto Emirates’ soil, is the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. There was a TV documentary that I have seen couple of years back about the way the Mosque was built and it looked so grand and surreal, that it surely rushed up my Top 20 bucket list. And look, there I was, in Dubai, less than 150 kilometers from Abu Dhabi! (more…)

Happy Holidays!
Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, with few stunning details from Abu Dhabi! (more…)

Dubai: CRUISING THE CREEK (13)
Dubai: CRUISING THE CREEK (13)

Dubai Creek that separates two oldest districts – Deira and Bur Dubai, was actually home to the first inhabitants of this emirate. After Baniyas tribe came from Abu Dhabi, the new ruler at the time – Sheikh Maktoum bin Hashar al Maktoum allowed various tax concessions for foreign traders at the end of the 18th century. (more…)

Dubai: VISITING THE GRAND MOSQUE (11)
Dubai: VISITING THE GRAND MOSQUE (11)

It so happened that I have made sudden plans to go to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi the next day. (You’ll find more about it in the next Glimpse.) Local guides insisted that we should “make sure to dress accordingly”, to wear long sleeves and trousers. Appropriate scarves would be given to us at the entrance, they said. (more…)

Dubai: STROLLING AROUND DEIRA (10)
Dubai: STROLLING AROUND DEIRA (10)

You do remember that you have seen couple of domes from the sightseeing bus, one being decorated with blue and green ornaments, and it was indicated by the guide that „behind the building on your right“ there is the largest mosque in Dubai, but also the Iranian one, Indian etc. The bus doesn’t stop there. But I was too keen to see those ornaments up close and they said that Dubai Museum is in the same area, along with the former Sheikh residence and the old Arab Heritage Village. (more…)

Dubai: MUSEUM, WHAT TO SEE (9)
Dubai: MUSEUM, WHAT TO SEE (9)

Having in mind that I come from Europe and that by places to visit in Dubai I a priori think of monuments, great archaeological ruins, traces of cultural heritage that dates back thousands of years, I was a bit surprised by being referred to shopping malls by default. Since I have been persistent, a museum was recommended, the main Dubai Museum which occupied the old fortress. The stronghold is called Al Fahidi, it dates back to 1787, they said, “and there you will find all you are so keen to learn”. (more…)

Dubai: OLD TOWN SOUKS (8)
Dubai: OLD TOWN SOUKS (8)

Not many mosques are to be found in modern, recently built districts that date back a decade or two. You do not hear the five calls to prayer by Muslim preacher imam every day. Although Dubai is proud to have 500 mosques, they are usually situated in old districts. One of them in Al Satwa, built few years ago, was designed after the famous Istanbul’s Blue Mosque and bears the name of the second caliph Umar al Khattab. (more…)

Dubai: ARABIC SWEETS, LOST IN TRANSLATION (7)
Dubai: ARABIC SWEETS, LOST IN TRANSLATION (7)

One cannot find traditional Arabic sweets just like that, not on every corner of Dubai anyway. Maybe in industrial packages, those that could be bought in supermarkets. Or if you perhaps peek into restaurants’ menus. (more…)

Dubai: BURJ KHALIFA, TOO TALL FOR THE CAMERA (6)
Dubai: BURJ KHALIFA, TOO TALL FOR THE CAMERA (6)

When you finish shopping for all those things you planned to buy – and those you didn’t, and when glittering stores and adds, marble and glass start to make you blink faster than usual, take a deep breath of that air conditioned air, arm yourself with patience and go outside – to visit Dubai! Emiratis might not agree, since the official tourist tour around the city insists on visiting shopping centers and „the biggest“, „the tallest“, „the most luxurious“ buildings and towers. (more…)

Dubai: SKIING IN THE SUMMER (5)
Dubai: SKIING IN THE SUMMER (5)

It’s not only the Dubai Mall that is famous for specific “cooling down spaces”. If you want snow, no problem, Dubai will make snow! (more…)

Dubai: SHOPPING AND SKYDIVING (4)
Dubai: SHOPPING AND SKYDIVING (4)

Every time you ask someone what to see in Dubai, the answer is always the same – shopping malls. One may think that this is not that interesting, because it’s the same as back home, wherever home is. Even if you want to buy couple of things, you still expect to spend most of your time visiting some cultural locations and maybe lying on the beach. But, remember – the beach was scratched out! And for places to visit in Dubai, well, that will require more imagination than you may have expected. We’ll come to that… (more…)

Dubai: SHARKS IN THE MALL (3)
Dubai: SHARKS IN THE MALL (3)

One cannot escape the so called “great shopping experiences” when coming to Dubai regardless to the purpose of the visit. It is a tax free zone after all, it does offer a great range of goods and brands that are usually cheaper than anywhere else in Europe. And Dubai is so “over the top” when it comes to shopping, it tries so hard that it almost makes you feel guilty if you don’t just “shop until you drop”! (more…)

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