Day 3 – Dubai – 103 degrees ~
The convenience of an eatery, not only familar, but next door, led us to Dunkin’ Donuts for breakfast. Then we took cab to the Dubai Mall. To say it was hot is an understatement. It was 103 degrees. We got on the Big Bus Tour, where it was air conditioned inside, but if we wanted to take photos without shooting through a tinted, smudged window, we had to go up on top and brave the heat. As the tour started, we drove around the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building! Then, we drove by the Al Fahidi Fort and Dubai Museum, Al Bastakiya, Heritage Village, and then got off in the old part of town, where we looked through the Old Souk. There were spice shops, textiles, and lots of tourist shops where we wandered through and tourists could haggle over the prices on local crafts. It was pretty interesting. We hopped back on the bus and drove past the Dhow Warfage, Dubai Creek, and got back off at the Gold Souk, where we walked through a couple of jewelry stores and finally bought a pair of simple 18k hoop earrings for $50 at place called Mega Star. Then we stopped at the Al Kahf Cafeteria, where a British couple gave us a thumbs up on the food. I had a chicken shawarma that was pretty tasty. We sat under an umbrella and sweltered in the heat. We walked back to the bus stop and continued the bus tour, past the Old Shindagha Watchtower, Spice Souk, Hindu Temple, Persian Mosque, Wafi Hotel, and finally back to the Dubai Mall, where we hopped off the bus and took cab back to hotel. We walked next door to Safestway Grocery Store and bought a couple of bananas, box of blueberries, yogurt, honey. We relaxed for a bit and went back over to the mall where there was a water fountain display that is reminiscent of the Bellagio fountain show. There was a crowd, and no way for someone as short as me to see the spectable of the show. Ces’t la vie. We took the Big Bus Night Tour. The night lights of the city were beautiful and the architecture is amazing. The highlights were the Burj Khalifa (the worlds tallest building), Burj Al Arab (which resembles a giant sail), Jumerah Lakes Towers, Atlantis the Palm, Sheikh Zayed Road, Financial Center, and the Tallest Block, which is the tallest block of skyscrapers in the world. The views were truly stunning.
We ended up at the Wafi Mall for a light and sound show, called Return of the Pharaohs. They had a projection laser light show that beamed images on the Pyramids Entrance of the Khan Murjan Souk along with synchronized music, including Pink Floyd.
People kept walking out of the of the building, and onto the stage while the show was going on. They were always surprised to realize that all eyes were on them. One lady walked out, freaked, and ran back inside! Then a black and white cat walked by. It was weirded out too and quickly made its way into the night. We took a cab back to the hotel.