dennis s. hurddennis s. hurd

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

A Ferry to Festival City

Growth from All Sides

Creek Metro

Day 07 - We really didn't start off with a definite plan this morning.  I had read about an area of Dubai we didn't really know about.  I read of a shopping mall in Festival City.  It looked like a development fairly close to the airport on the creek.

Interestingly, it looked like we could take the Metro and transfer to a ferry from this side.  So we got on a train on the Green Line to a station named Creek.

From the Metro station, we just had to walk a bit towards the Al Jaddaf Marine Transport Station 2.  We boarded immediately after deducting 2 Dhs each from our transit cards.

Marine Ferry Terminal

Boarding

RTA Ferry from Creek Metro Station

Festival City

It was a great morning and a scenic trip across a wider section of water.  When we worked here 30 years ago, we never got out to this area as it was not developed.  In fact, I don't think much existed beyond the Golf Club.  Today, there was much more.

We walked through the mall and visited a very large Carrefour supermarket.  I marvelled at a stock-checking robot roaming the aisles and the fresh vegetables for sale from the little in-store hydroponic farm.

We walked out past an IKEA to the road and waited for a bus.  We read the sign and got on Bus #44 as it promised to head back to Karama.  It didn't take a quick route stopping at various stops on the way.  We got off one station before we were home and came back to the Bur Juman on the Metro.

On Bus #44

Oud Metha

We had a nice morning.


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