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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…)

Dubai: SUMMER VACATION, INDOORS (2)
Dubai: SUMMER VACATION, INDOORS (2)

“Welcome to the city of contrasts, sandy dunes and skyscrapers, camels and fast cars, museums and shopping centers, welcome to Dubai”, says one of the guide books I bought in the city. However, the first thing you notice are tall buildings and shopping malls, and the ever prevailing yellowish and grayish colors. At least that’s how it is in August. (more…)

Dubai: WEATHER IN AUGUST (1)
Dubai: WEATHER IN AUGUST (1)

If you cannot wait for those couple of weeks of summer holiday and keep catching yourself daydreaming about sandy beaches, blues skies and refreshing tingles of the sea, although it’s still April… In that case, well – forget about Dubai! (more…)

Let’s travel to DUBAI!

Have you ever wondered about Dubai, if it’s just a layover or not, if there’s anything to see and visit, what the city is actually like?

Well, join in and have fun reading various anecdotes, tips and info in this series then! (more…)

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