We headed for the nearby metro station, about a fifteen minute walk. Dubai is a very hot place but at this time of the year it was a bearable 30 degrees. The station was air conditioned too. Rather than mess with a ticket machine, we bought tickets from a window and travelled on the Green Line from Union to Al Fahidi. We had a look around a couple of shops and bought an ice cream and headed back to the hotel. On the way no one offered us a seat on the train and I was all set to rant about the local people not being kind. No sooner were we on the train returning, than two lads offered us their seats. We had set out to find 'the soul' of Dubai. If it has one, we missed it.
The metro stations and trains were spotless and we thought the metro system was brand new. It is in fact six years old. There wasn't really any litter at all in Dubai........except for these cards dropped around in the streets. There is just a phone number and a photo. Somehow I don't think they are hairdressers.
A massive desalination plant supplies the UAE with water, and this keeps things green.
The metro stations all look like this one.
We were picked up for our 'New Dubai' city tour in the afternoon. We didn't see any trace of old Dubai. The first stop was the Dubai Mall, the largest shopping centre in the world and by golly, it was big. We were given about half an hour to wander and the time passed quickly.
There was a massive aquarium, free to view.
All the top stores, and the lesser ones too, such as Marks and Spencers and C&A.
We were very impressed with this water feature, as was everyone by the number of shutter snappers.
Massive television screen above an ice skating rink. In the centre of the screen are restaurants and cafes.
Not sure how a Morris Minor would go in the heat of Dubai.
We headed southwards to those large man made palm frond constructions in the sea. We stopped at Dubai Marina. Along the edge of the water were many restaurants and cafes. It would be a great place to dine in the evening once things cooled down. Three blonde women were sitting at a cafe smoking hookahs.
This flyover is supported by fake tree trunks, with fake foliage on the underside of the flyover.
Apparently this is something special. Our guide was a heavily accented Moroccan born who had lived in Dubai for a long time. The sound system in the minibus was playing up so missed some of what he said.
I've not seen a pink frangipani before.
It looks expensive.
Another important building.
For the kiddies.
So many interesting and varied building designs.
We were taken back to our hotel by 6pm, just in time for the alcohol curfew to be lifted. We had a refreshing swim in the pool and then some cod and chips in the Chelsea Pub, and very good it was. It was an early night as our flight to Lisbon was at 7:30am.