United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi Heritage Village

Abu Dhabi Heritage Village My personal highlight for Abu Dhabi was definitely the Heritage Village.  A kind of open-air museum, it actually did a very nice job of presenting the traditional cultures of the Emirates without feeling tacky.  Exhibits included examples of traditional architecture, crafts, and lifestyles.  This place was easily the best part of … Continue reading »

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Abu Dhabi

Though Abu Dhabi did have a few highlights, overall it wasn’t terribly exciting.  As far as I could tell, the beach was the most inspiring reason most people find to be in the city.   Fronting the downtown area, I must admit that seeing the beach gave me a twinge of regret for not having … Continue reading »

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Camel Market Video

If you’ve ever wondered what a really angry camel sounds like, this is for you:

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Al Ain Camel Market – A Dubai Daytrip

Al Ain Camel Market —- I’m normally a proponent of independent travel where reasonable, but for a daytrip to the Al Ain Camel Market a guided tour might actually make sense. Leaving from Dubai, I arrived on a public bus a while after most of the action was done. GetYourGuide has quite a lot of partners … Continue reading »

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Al Ain Oasis – A Dubai Daytrip

Al Ain Oasis The town of Al Ain, part of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, is a world apart from the other two cities I visited in the UAE.  While Dubai and Abu Dhabi are tall, bustling, economic centers; Al Ain is nothing of the sort.  It felt like a bit of a lazy backwater, … Continue reading »

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Couchsurfing: Dubai

Dubai is a city where the saving money aspect of CouchSurfing takes on more particular importance, because the cheapest hostel I could find in the entire UAE was in Sharjah (by all reports a pretty boring place) and still cost about $15 a night. Even more than that, though, Surfing for a week with a … Continue reading »

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New Dubai

Including the Burj Khalifa, the major landmarks in the New Town of Dubai seems calculated to be as expensive and preposterous as possible.  This not only includes the buildings but also the largest mall in the world (Mall of Dubai, attached to the Burj Khalifa), reclaimed islands in the harbor in various shapes of palm … Continue reading »

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Dubai International Film Festival

By coincidence rather than good planning I showed up in Dubai a day after the beginning of the 2010 Dubai International Film Festival.  Between limited ticket availability and limited amounts of time, I managed to squeeze in six movies during my week in Dubai: I Wish I Knew Ticket to Azrael My Father From Haifa … Continue reading »

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