Dubai is a land of Surreal experiences that are full of surprises.
As soon as we got out of the plane, we were greeted by tall, fair and handsome Middle-Eastern men in white robes and headgear. And they all sported a well-trimmed beard as if it was part of the uniform. The entire airport seemed to be running on an auto-pilot mode. And so, it seemed a scene straight out of a thriller Hollywood flick. Despite the calm and discipline, the place had a certain mystery about it as I kept wondering what next.
For a few seconds, I just let Dubai go by me/ move around me.
And this sheen and glitter of the country continued through the city and our stay. As we stepped out of the Airport, we were welcomed by cabs coming in a line and taking passengers. By the end of the trip I was spoilt and got out of habit of hearing ‘No’ from the cab drivers.
The drive around the city is a proof that the city is a man-made miracle in the middle of the desert. This proves that money and right vision can help you achieve anything. For a desert where it rains sparsely, the city is no less than a wonder. In fact it rained for just one day in 2016, as told by the locals there. The biggest brands come here and flourish. Strangely for a place which has enough money, everything costs less as there are no major taxes and import duties.
Tourists in Dubai
As the true tourists, we visited all the popular places including a day trip to Abu Dhabi to see the mosque. But what made our trip a memorable one was the way we visited the places. Our trip turned out be no less than a wonder itself. We covered the city by all the modes of transport – metro, tram, bus, cab, ferry called Abra, boat, on foot and so on… except helicopter and limousine as that would have taken our trip out of budget. We didn’t take the usual city tour, guides or a can to take us around.
We were discovering the city as we were moving, interacting with people of various nationalities, getting tips from them about what to eat, where to go, how to go and so on.
White touring across Dubai, we realized the city is broadly divided in three parts – Bur Dubai, Corporate Dubai and European Dubai.
Bur Dubai is the old city and is densely populated with Asians (Hindus and Muslims). Corporate Dubai is the business hub with high rises and maximum work happening. Most of the big malls are there. Then, there is the other end of city which has mostly European population as well as people from other parts of the world. As you move from one zone to the other, they are very distinctly identifiable. The difference can be identified through people, buildings, setup, language and the general ambiance of the place
As a result, there were times we felt five days are too much for the place and sometimes we found them too less. But in the end, we managed to visit all the major destinations, eat at various places, and do bit of shopping also.
Best the city has to offer
The best parts of the trip were boat ride from Bur Dubai to Dubai Marina and Desert Safari. Unfortunately, rest of the city has become commercialized with huge buildings, malls as well as people of various nationalities. The real city has got lost somewhere. so, one can only see its glimpses in Bur Dubai and the museum that is created to preserve the history.
Burj Khalifa – The Tallest Building
Though I am done with this city for a while, but I do plan to visit the place again to see what is the latest that the city has to offer. The city currently has masterpieces like Burj Khalifa, Palm Jumeirah, limousine tour, helicopter ride, JBR Walk and various malls. Therefore, Dubai is the land of the visionaries who have realized this already and are already gearing up for future. Everything that glitters here is actually GOLD or is turned into Gold.
So, a big shout out to its makers for creating a masterpiece… a masterpiece, still in making.