Dubai is known for great food. I don’t think there is a single cuisine that we cannot get here. We are also lucky to have my brother here who is a top chef and been connected to various amazing restaurants here.
I am partial to those on the beach with good sunset views.
Also love the Indian food. The mosaic is from flower petals for a Kerala festival. With so many cultures here, there is always someone celebrating something!
The souks (markets) are fun to head to and of course cheaper. The big fruit and vegetable market is a noisy experience but the range of produce and freshness is incredible. This is one of the stores during mango season:
The fish markets are also neat and plenty of people around to help clean items for you
Also wonderful bread from all cultures. Love the small shops:
We also have great water parks for when it is cool enough. Winter is our beach time.
Dubai is a land of surprise and a place you can be on the beach for the morning, hit the ski slopes for lunch, haggle over a carpet in the old souk in the afternoon, and then dine in some of the top restaurants in the world for dinner.
Most people live in apartments but villas (housing areas) are growing rapidly. Ours looks over a lovely lake and we have a small garden that is constantly filled with flowers.
The kids have been to the penguins in the ski slopes at Mall of the Emirates and ice skated at the Dubai Mall.
We all love to go into the older parts of Dubai with the spice souk and gold souk. Taking an abra ride (water taxi) across the Creek is a must – still very cheap and fun.
The UAE is a relatively new country founded in 1971. Since then and the discovery of oil, it has grown from a sleepy, Bedouin region to one of the leading group of cities in the world. Dubai is known mostly for trade and tourism while Abu Dhabi is more about culture and education. Abu Dhabi leans toward being more family oriented and little tamer than Dubai and the other emirates are quieter still. We were lucky to live in Abu Dhabi from 2000-2003 before the malls came and I’m glad we knew it then. Today having lived in Dubai for the past two years, the differences and growth are intense but exciting to see.
People have many views toward Dubai and misconceptions. First of all – Yes, women can drive (it’s only in Saudi Arabia this is an issue), and no, women do not have to cover their hair or wear a veil (again that is in Saudi and a couple of other places as shown by media). We do have fun with henna every now and then.
There are some signs in the malls stating modesty is required such as no short shorts or bare midriffs but I have seen plenty of people pushing this with no problem. However out of common courtesy it is nice not to wander around half naked in malls etc. Beaches are fine to wear bikinis.
We do ride camels occasionally but not back and forth to work.
We do have lots of sand. On the beaches. Outside the cities. And during storms, it comes through the cracks around the doors a bit but nothing horrible. There are also teams of road workers who spend their time shoveling the sand from the highways and putting it back into the desert. Job security in this.