28 February 2010

Here in Dubai - Hope I Get to See It!

So after a looong 13+ hour flight, I really am in the Middle East now. Dubai, aka the "City of Gold." Unfortunately my views of the city have been limited to the what I can see from my room and from a cab for now, as work has priority and we've had a couple of late nights out with our hosts here.

Thankfully, a couple of us have late flights back home on Tuesday, so hopefully we'll at least have a few hours to see the city in the daylight and be tourists.

Here's the view from my room. It's kind of cloudy outside because it was the start of a sand storm. I got sand in my teeth just by standing outside the hotel waiting for a taxi. 

Yes, that is a mall connected to my hotel. Pretty much the thing to do in Dubai is shop. Malls are everywhere and they are huge - helpful when it can get up to the 100s in temperature in the summer with high humidity. Even the bus stops in this town are air conditioned.

I'm typically a Courtyard by Marriott or Embassy Suites kind of gal when it comes to hotels, but we are staying at a five-star hotel in Dubai. I can't help blubbering - my room is kickass.

Here's a portion of my bathroom. Yes, that is a shower ROOM with a tub in it. It took me ten minutes to find the buttons that controlled the blindes to the window - I thought I'd never be able to take a show sans flash.

The funny street signs artwork installation that is in my hotel lobby.

One of the key landmarks of Dubai - the Burj Al Arab, which is the only seven-star hotel in the world. I guess when you are supposedly the most top-tier hotel ever, you can make up as many stars for yourself as you want.

My first "official" dinner in Dubai - ha ha. Shepherd's pie is very middle eastern, don't you think? We ended up hanging with the expat crowd at to the Dhow and Anchor at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, which is an English pub. Pretty awesome meal though.


  1. That is a great room! It reminds me of the Park Hotel I stayed in this summer while visiting Euskirchen Germany :)

  2. i'm jealous of your room! so luxurious. enjoy your time there!

    hope you don't mind me asking, but what do you do for a living? totally ok if u want to keep that private. :)

  3. whoa, look at your room!!! And your bathroom!!!!! Man, if only we could all stay in rooms like that when we travel :) Lucky you! I hope you're having fun....and didn't get into debt from all those stores and malls!!


  4. So jealous I've heard that Dubai is so fun and amazing. I want to hear stories about the culture.

  5. Thanks for visiting, OneCraftyFox! Yes, it is super-nice to be able to stay in a really nice hotel room once in a while. It's still no comparison to home though!

    Hi Lauren - Believe me, I don't always luck out with a really nice hotel. This has been a treat. I have a really exciting job (cue: sarcasm). I am an event manager for a corporation.

    Ha ha, Elaine. The worst part is that I still don't have the Durhem-Dollar conversion figured completely out. I've been good though, I've only purchased one non-work-related item. But tomorrow is my "free" day, so watch out.

    Thanks for visiting, FT. I'll have to do a post about the culture here when I get back home. Dubai is really westernized, which makes it seem almost out of place when you see the ladies completely covered up in their burqas walking through a mall passing lingerie shops.

  6. Amazing! I look forward to hearing more about your trip when you return. :)

  7. Oh wow, what a place to be. I know there is a lot of crazily spectacular stuff in Dubai. I really hope you get to see some of it!

  8. Your hotel looks seriously BOMB. I used to travel a lot (for leisure) on a college budget and always appreciate a super nice room.


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