Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Burj Khalifa

Not long after such a spectacular opening, Burj Dubai or Burj Khalifa's visitors' deck is closed (it's been a couple weeks now!). What a shame, especially that my parents were visiting and wanted to go there. Hmm, I'm wondering who's lost his job cos of this.....

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Jet ski in Dubai

The weather is still nice, the sea still very warm, so maybe you'll feel like jet ski? If the anwser is yes, then head to Sharjah (Al Mamzar part of Sharjah. Go in Expo direction, then make U-turn on round about and then after a few meters turn right for the sea). The rate is about 120Dhs per 1 hour, and I think that's enough of riding/ driving/ splashing :-)

Monday, 5 October 2009

Spoken Arabic Course at SMCCU

Yesterday SMCCU announced new dates for Spoken Arabic Course. The fee is 1250Dhs and it takes 18 weeks. There are very few places left so hurry up! I've already signed in, and the first classes are on next Saturday! Can't wait!

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Pale in Dubai

I've just come back from nice holidays at home. They all of course loved to see us again, but "why are you so pale? You are living in Dubai!" Yeap, right...
But the summer is almost over and we can start being outside in daylight without risking some "fainting" and heavy sweating, go to the beach, get some sun tan, sit in cafe outside.
Oh, cooler times! Here I come!

Sunday, 13 September 2009

My metro ride

On Friday afternoon I went to Mall of the Emirates to board metro. It was just before 2pm, but crowd was already there waiting for doors to be opened. Finally, short after 2pm we were let in. Some people have already bought the tickets, and there was a little stirr in cashiers' area, because people didn't know where to go, which ticket to buy, and of course bunch of people were trying to avoid queue...After some queuing we bought our red tickets and went to the platform. Metro station is very nice inside, quality of the fit out is very good as well, but what's missing is a little screen saying when the next train will arrive. Anyway, our metro car was quite empty at the time of boarding so we could sit and look around without people "hanging" above you, but on our trip back we weren't that lucky...
...crowd was inside, crowd was outside waiting to get in. And some just gave up, because the metro cars were totaly full! Well, I think that in a short time the first curiosity will go away and then you can enjoy your quiet metro ride (at least on Fridays, I hope).
Our metro experience was positive and I hope that more and more people will favour this mean of transport. I also hope that next time I'm on the metro the staff will run more smoothly and efficiently. Anyway, go and try it yourself!

Thursday, 10 September 2009

Metro is up and running

So it's done. Widely awaited Metro opening took place yesterday and became number one headline in the papers. Now it's time to buy a ticket myself and try it.
Photo: screenprint found on Gulf News web page.

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

09.09.09 - Dubai Metro launch

Historic day for Dubai - today the metro will be officialy open for public!
09 September 2009 is a date to remember!
Here is a galleria at Mall of the Emirates getting ready for the evening inauguration ceremony which will be done by Shaikh Mohammad himself at 09pm. But apparently the crowd is kept at distance from the central area. I thought that I can go down to MoE to see opening ceremony and Shaikh of course, but I'd better stay home and buy tomorrow's newspaper.

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Those hands built the city

It's sad but Dubai doesn't treat its workers good...People who build the city's skycrapers, malls and roads sometimes must wait long hours in the heat for a bus to take them to the campuses. Dirty, hungry and after a long shift they usually sit on the pavement and...wait.

Sunday, 6 September 2009

Summer by pool

Summer spent by the swimming pool is the best alternative in hot Dubai. Luckily every apartment building has got one, maybe not so fancy one as above, but hey, pool is pool!

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Wind in Bur Dubai

Even some little blow of the wind is welcome. Here are some fabrics sold everywhere in Bur Dubai.

Monday, 31 August 2009

Camels in Deira Shopping Center

Don't worry, they are fake ones. But that's just another Ramadan display.

Saturday, 29 August 2009

Abandoned Dubai

It's unreal to see Dubai's places so empty. Few days ago I went to Madinat Jumeirah (last time I visited it maybe 4 months ago) and couldn't believe that it's so abandoned. Some tourist were hanging around souq streets, but restaurant weren't as full as usually. Hmm, I think that now, during summer and Ramadan the best thing I can do is to stay home, rent some DVDs or buy bunch of books and wait for better, cooler times.

Thursday, 27 August 2009

Dubai Metro

Dubai Metro is said to be open on 09th September, so it's in another 2 weeks. Well, I hope that they'll manage to prepare everything for a big day, because now I can see that the stations are in different stages of completion. Anyway, I just can't wait for my first metro trip - it will be nice to see the city from the different angle.

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Kilim rug love

I just can't help, but I adore kilim rugs. Those ones are just gorgeous, colourful and with additional pompons or embroidery. Find them at the Majlis Gallery.

Monday, 24 August 2009

Small details in Bur Dubai

Hmm, no inspiration today...
Have a nice Iftar dinner.