United Arab Emirates

Desert Safari Dubai: Into the Sands

Desert Safari Dubai When I realized that I’d be going TWICE to ‘Desert Safari’ experiences while I was in Dubai, I was initially a little less than enthusiastic. Especially given how cool some of the safari trips in Egypt were (i.e. top-speed on a quad bike through a gnarly stretch of desert outside of Hurghada), … Continue reading »

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An Abu Dhabi Tour: Emirate Al Emirates

Abu Dhabi Tour The Emirates (pretty much as a whole) isn’t exactly my thing. It feels all about ostentation ‘bling’ and spending and consumption and less about connecting with people and seeing much of local culture. My last trip through there started to change my attitude on this a little bit, thanks primarily to a … Continue reading »

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Dinner Cruise Dubai? No Dhowt!

You’ve got your flights to Dubai booked. You even reserved a hotel right in Old Dubai, right on the Creek, for those beautiful sunset views you’ve heard so much about. Aside from shopping at one of the teeming malls, though, what do you DO in Dubai? One thought: take a¬†Dhow Dinner Cruise. I know, I … Continue reading »

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Watery Heart of Dubai

No experience speaks to me more of Dubai than riding across the Creek on one of the countless abra boats that cross between the two halves of the old town. I’d be hard-pressed to guess whether there are more abras or seagulls on the Creek, but while the birds will eventually die the abras look … Continue reading »

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Gold and Spice Souks: The Spicy Side of Dubai

Gold and Spice Souks of Dubai My favorite part of Dubai, just about the only part of town I’ve found that still has a feel of the old and exotic to it, is all the excellent market action. While nowhere near as chaotic as my favorite Central Asian markets, the upscale feel of the Gold … Continue reading »

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Nights of Khalifa

There’s honestly not a whole lot that I like about the flashy new high-rise part of Dubai, but the Burj Khalifa is the one obvious exception. No matter where I see it from at whatever time of day, I always seem to go straight for the camera to try and frame the thing in a … Continue reading »

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Out with the Old, In with the New

I’ve been to Dubai once before, so pretty much the only reason I scheduled a few days’ stopover on my way to Europe was to get out and get some photos on my new camera (a Canon T3i). In comparing my new Burj Khalifa shots with the ones from a year or so ago, I’m … Continue reading »

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Abu Dhabi Palace Hotel

Abu Dhabi Palace Hotel If the beach is the natural highlight of Abu Dhabi and the Heritage Village the cultural highlight, then the Palace Hotel is some sort of ostentatious absurdity highlight. Walking up, of course, the presentation is grand as you approach the main entrance via an alleyway of palm trees reminiscent of Southern … Continue reading »

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