Friday, April 17, 2015

Dubai - One Day Tour


Obviously, I have been travelling. Via travelling, I have learned many things in life, especially to be adoptable, to be independent and to broaden my thinking capacity perceptive. Given a choice, I would love to travel more often, but money definitely is one of the deciding factors, the other is being there for my other half-half. It can't be packing my bags as I please and ditching my other half-half aside at my own whims and fancy. If I do so, I guess then there is no meaning to a committed relationship and to the wedding vows I agreed upon. Of course, if you single, frilly, trilly and available, anytime is a good time for travelling and remember, money must be sunny as well with you. Anyway, from the travelling I have embarked on so far, the first one to Malacca was an eye opener to travelling with the right or wrong people. The right ones are fun whereas the horrible ones, basically they just have to complain about something or rather.

In Italy (Lake Lugano) I realise that you can plan all you want for a spectacular holiday, but the unexpected can be the expected. While touring Milan, our the coach broke down and it didn't help we were caught in the daily traffic jam. So, we couldn't embark on our half day city tour, in return, we had to be contented with walking around the shopping mall for the sake of those who put shopping on hold till the last minute. In Bergen (Norway), because of  the continuous rain or rather Bergen is known for its rainy weather, I felt that we wasted time doing nothing and sightseeing in such a weather is quite a mess.  

And guess what was the story when I boarded the flight in Turkey?? Well, flight remained on the run-away for 2 hours because of unforeseen technical problems. Eventually, when I touched down in Dubai, my connecting flight to Malaysia has left, the next flight I was told will be next day, the same time. So, with the rest of my tour buddies, I spend almost the whole night at the airport, at 8am, I was at Copthorne hotel. Quite a tense situation actually, with some of the tour buddies sulking, complaining and what not. I on the other hand took it as a blessing. Look, I have a day in Dubai. Hotel and meals provided by Emirates Airline and I certainly didn't want to stay cooked in hotel room. At once, with some of the sporting buddies, we made arrangement for touring Dubai.
First was 1/2 city tour after resting for a while. Dubai indeed is a cosmopolitan city. Where ever I turned to, I saw lots of Indians among the rest of the other races. Even our tour guide and the bus driver were Indians. Hopping into the coach, we toured Dubai by peeping of the coach and we also had short stops in between.



First stop was a short brief stop at Blue mosque, aka Al Farooq Mosque. Inspired by the 17th century Sultan Ahmed Mosque, spanning over 8,700 square metres (Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey), funded by Dubai based businessman Khalaf Al Habtoor, this mosque was expanded again to become emirate's biggest mosque. 


Next was glimpsing from across the road for 5 minutes at Burj Khalifa - the tallest building in the world and the magnificent urban centerpiece of Dubai. Wish I could have seen Burj Khalifa from its closest point, but since this was just a quick city tour, that's it.

Our final stop was in Jumeirah to see the beach, the luxury hotels, the buildings and again, picturing and back into the awaiting coach.




Later in the evening, from the hotel we traveled in a van for desert safari tour. Truly an amazing life time experience, it's a tour across Dubai desert, photo-stop during this exciting dune drive, watching the beautiful sunset and arriving at the camp-site for the camel ride, sand boarding and dinner while being entertained by belly dancers.







Thereafter, back to the hotel, bye-bye Dubai and back home. Indeed, an experience I least expected as part of my tour solo travel and one which I will treasure forever. Dubai by the way is no longer on my travel pail list. I think this one day of  Dubai is good enough, unless I am into clubbing and social scene. Or maybe, if at all I have a transit via Dubai, that too for a few hours, maybe I won't mind covering other closely places.









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21 comments:

  1. Travelling alone does have its perks tho can be lonely at times. I try to stick to SQ whenever I travel so I've yet to miss any flights or being delayed for more than an hour in my years of flying. Thank goodness!

    Gosh, Dubai must've changed a lot! I didn't see any Indians when I travel there those days. I want to visit their shopping festival some day; heard it's fantastic :D

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  2. Wow Nava enjoying reading the post. Bad weather,missing flight etc are not under our control but not cribbing and make most out of the situation sure is.Hope u had good time in Dubai.

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  3. Yes nava ,travelling by air becomes unpleasant sometimes in situation like this.But you had lot of fun in one day dubai trip..

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  4. I went for a similar one day tour in Dubai too. Other than this tour and a visit to the spices market. There's nothing much to do in Dubai. The things and food in their biggest shopping mall is quite pricey.

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  5. Very nice article on your travel experiences ..even I love traveling and have been to few places and I could relate to few of your instances...

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  6. Wonderfully written post:) Dubai is one of the places I want to go.. may be some day!!And rightly said about the travel experiences.. However well you are prepared, you still will face some new problem or adventure

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  7. omg, u made most of the day huuh
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  8. Really nice of you to turn the unexpected situation around and make the best of it!

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  9. Great pics.... What u said is right....In Dubai, Indians are the majority among foreigners...... and nice write up... :)

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  10. omg is that how they actually make the sand art talent? how fascinating! i'm always really impressed with them

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  11. Desert safari looks cool, many of my friends have told me that they loved it.

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  12. Vow really cool pics.. I would really like to visit Dubai some day... heard so much abt this place :)

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  13. The architecture in this city are just outstanding! Marvelous.

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  14. literally packed with indians for sure! hope you enjoyed ur stay here... :)

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  15. Amazing Nava...You've covered almost everything in one day's trip in Dubai. Ofcourse, Dubai is famous for magnificent buildings & shopping. Like the way you spent your waiting time a worthy one...

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  16. wow Navneetham thats was busy few hours bt worth it.

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  17. Lovely pictures and beautiful place. Awesome post nava. Love reading it. Now I know where to go when I will visit Dubai. :)

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  18. There s silver lining in everything :)

    You are sure one adventurous lady :)

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  19. Wow Dear you covered so much in Dubai in just one day...really good to know that you made the most out of it while the others would keep cribbing..

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  20. on your blog, after a long time.. hope you really enjoyed dear :*

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  21. Great place to visit. Iam planning in the near future. i never got a blessing in disguise chance of my flights giving way for me to stay back. You rocked the place

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