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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Al Fahidi Historical District

Al Fahidi Historical DistrictDay 14 - We really didn't have a plan but decided to walk to the supermarket at the Sharaf DG Metro Station. It takes about twenty minutes to walk to that area from our apartment hotel. 

We only bought a few things and rather than walk back, we headed towards the Creek. On the map, it didn't look far and it wasn't. Before the water, we could see the Al-Fahadi Historial Neighbourhood as we were walking. 

Ah-ha! These are the buildings we noticed from across the Creek at the Deira Abra Station.  It is an area that represents community life prior to the 1970s and is an excellent location for tourists to visit.  The emphasis is now on cultural preservation and the encouragement of the arts.

Entering the area is always free and the neighbourhood never closes although I don't think there are any residents.  There are small museums and galleries on diverse subjects such as the history of Arabic coffee.  There are also cafes and many places to relax.

We will definitely go there during the evening and just stroll through the narrow alleys and along the Creekside.  

The historical area is a very nice juxtaposition to the glass skyscrapers and artificially-frigid multitude of gargantuan shopping malls of Dubai.

Traditions

Pleasure craft?

A Ship of the Desert

Better than a Plug-in

Trained Falcon


Sunday, November 28, 2021

Decided Against Hitting the Slopes

SNOWPARK 
Day 12 - We decided to take the Metro Red Line and go out to the Mall of the Emirates this morning. As we had dressed for the 30°C temperature, we decided to forgo any of the winter activities available.  
  Desert Bobsledding

Catch a Lift

We did enjoy the mall.  Our favourite store?  We liked Carrefour, the biggest hypermarket we'd ever seen, with food and products from all over the world.



Saturday, November 27, 2021

Three Photos from Today

Day 11 - At first, these three photos do not appear to have much in common.

The first is the Al-Karama Mosque.  The middle photo shows our apartment hotel that sits just behind the BurJuman Mall in Mankhool.  The last is the construction site of a Gulf Asia project on the corner of Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed St. and Sheikh Rashid Rd.

Mosque Karama

Rose Garden Apt Hotel

On Corner of Karama 
These pictures do have a little in common though.  I took them this morning when we went to visit our old Co-op Supermarket and a Lulu Hypermarket on the far edge of Al-Karama.   They are all within about a  kilometer of each other.  They also showcase the type of November sky which proves that Dubai is a city built in the desert.


Friday, November 26, 2021

A Friday Evening Walk

Friday, the 26th

Friday, the 26th 
Day 10 - We realized that we were heading out in the mornings and sightseeing when it was the hottest. The evenings are perfect for walking and many people use them to do errands too. 

As it was Friday, the only day that some workers get off, lots of folks were out tonight. We headed to Diera again after the sun had set. We went to the Metro Station called the Gold Souk but it really isn't close. I'm sure it was called a different name when we were on a stopover here in 2015. I'm sure because we used it as the jumping-off spot for our hotel in that section of the old city.
  Friday, the 26th

Friday, the 26th

We did want to walk through the Gold Souk again as it seems a bit more magical at night.  All the gold sparkles more under artificial lights.

It wouldn't be a trip to Deira without some time next to the creek.  It appears as if all the working dhows, from Iran and other points, now have a special wharf closer to the Clock Tower Roundabout and no longer use this side of the creek for packing and unpacking.  The breeze blowing down the creek was very pleasant.

We walked to Al Baniyas Square to the Metro Station to return back to our neighbourhood.

Friday, the 26th

Friday, the 26th


Thursday, November 25, 2021

Six Pictures That Represent the Day

Union Square 

Day 09 - This morning we got on the Red Line and popped out at Union Metro Station. It's a large area not far from the bridge I used to drive across to get to work. I wish I'd taken a million pictures when I was here 30 years ago!
  Union Station

Union 

City Centre Deira

It was hot at the Plaza, so we went back into the Metro Station and continued just two more stops.  Air conditioning always makes visiting a mall an easy place to walk and take in the sights.
  City Centre Diera

Dunkin' Donuts 

Evening in Al Mankhool and Al Karama

After our nap time, I went up to the building's swimming pool.  I'll have to make it a habit for most future late afternoons.  The water is exceptionally warm and well taken care of.  Later we walked up to the newest and largest Day-to-Day store in Karama.  It has five floors of everything cheap and interesting ...
  Late Afternoon Dip

A Big, New Day-to-Day


Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Mostly Window Shopping

Day 08 - As you can probably tell from the photos, we went over to the Gold Souk this morning.
    
To Al-Ras and Gold Souk To Al-Ras and Gold Souk

To Al-Ras and Gold Souk

Or Buy a House ...  
We grabbed the Metro and got off in Al-Ras and leisurely walked through the gold market and into other parts of Deira. We stopped in a large shop and Jay picked up some shoes to replace the ratty ones he'd been wearing. 

We found ourselves near the abra station and came back across on one.
  The Creek

Heading Back to Diera

To Al-Ras and Gold Souk

There seems nothing nicer than enjoying the sunny weather.  It was 31°C and of course, there wasn't a cloud in the sky.  This really is how people should spend, at least part of, their winters.


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