Dubai - From Old to New

It felt as if we were travelling through time today. We set out on foot through the cozy streets in the old part of Dubai. We crossed the harbour on a water shuttle and explored an old souk briefly. The guys working the stores here try every trick in the book in an attempt to lure you into their store. "Mister, mister, come to my store, buy pashmina, get photo taken". Di is an easy target in the souk market and I had to rescue her several times - pulling her out of the stores and the clutches of consumerism. Although we are not here to shop we did pick up a nice sun hat for Di which is much needed here as temperatures are getting into the high twenties mid day.

We decided we could not leave Dubai without exploring the area around the Burj Khalifa. At 822 meters it is indeed the tallest tower in the world. We took the metro to the Burj Khalifa / Dubai Mall stop. We had grossly underestimated the size of the Dubai Mall. It quickly became apparent that in a few metro stops we had travelled from the markets of the last century to the markets of this century. Seven rolling walkways from the metro led us straight to the mall. The size of the construction here makes you scratch your head in amazement. The trip on the rolling walkways lasted a full 15 minutes before arriving at the 1200 store Dubai Mall. I am not a shopper nor a fan of malls but wherever you go here you tend end up in one, whether you like it or not. I understand as temperatures will approach 50 degrees celsius that the malls become a nice escape. However with the huge sums of money spent here on construction I wonder if they could have come up with something more original, something more in line with the Emerati culture rather than just copying the, in my opinion, zero personality massive malls of the western world. Although, as malls goes this one was impressive and we had a passable Lebanese food court lunch followed by a very Western Starbucks coffee in order to give our legs a rest and get our wi-fi fix. 

We did not go up the Burj Khalifa. It was rather expensive and Di is not thrilled about heights. Instead we took a nice walk in the area around the tower. We settled in a park where we took in the light show reminiscent of the light show we had seen at the Bellagio while in Vegas for Kim and Linda's Anniversary some years ago.