You’ll be in a cultural desert – meaning, the culture is in the desert, so do get yourself out there… and if you can set aside the ecological paradox that this city is for a moment, get yourself to one of the water parks.
It is also worthwhile to make a quick stop at the Dubai City Museum (Google Maps) – it is only small – and it helps give a good overview of how much the city has changed in the last fifty-sixty years or so.
And try the metro to get a lengthwise view of this sprawling desert experiment…
And if you’re in one of the high-rise areas, far from the old town, a Cafe Bateel should have you covered for your Arabic Coffee needs. And if you want a high-end interpretation of local dishes, try Seven Sands (Google Maps).
And whilst you’re there, check out the times for the Dubai Fountain and take in the show.
And don’t forget to look up now and again too…
Apparently a no can do for hand luggage – and I thought I was on a roll… (at George Washington’s Gristmill)
Looking up the avenue, you can see Hancock Tower towards the right (further back).
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