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Friday, November 19, 2021

Getting Reacquainted with Old Dubai

Day 03 - Having a month in Dubai means we don't have to rush around planning what to see. We can have a more leisurely schedule and visit on our own terms. Today was Friday, meaning it was the beginning of the weekend and the Holy day for Moslems. We knew the city and traffic would be a bit less busy as a result. 

After we got up, we decided just to go back to the creek and go over to the Deira side of the city. Our first destination was the Bur Juman Metro Station. This transit system has two main lines presently. Thirty years ago this type of transportation was non-existent. Travelling on it is an excellent way to get around although it doesn't hit all the places to which one might easily drive.
  Reflections 
We travelled just two stops and stayed on the Bur Dubai side of the creek. We thought we'd take an Abra, a traditional way to travel the creek. Our short trip on the Metro cost just US $0.82; however, the crossing was a mere Dirham or US $0.34.  The walk was very enjoyable.
  Walking Towards the Abras

Too Early for Visitors

Getting Reacquainted w/ Dubai

Abra Crossing is 1 Dirham 
It was a little comforting to see how familiar the old part of the city looks. I guess it may have been very clever to move the development of the city out towards Al Jumeira. That way the old areas didn't get bulldozed and paved over. They can develop more organically.
  Getting Reacquainted w/ Dubai

Getting Reacquainted w/ Dubai 
The main, Friday call to prayer occurred at a bit past noon today. We were in Baniyas Square an area that contains an important mosque. Businesses slowed or closed and we waited in the grassy square as the spill-over of worshippers lined the streets. A little breeze made the weather a nearly perfect 30°C. It is such a contrast to what we had in Vancouver over the last several months. (Now, we see that flooding has continued and cut off BC from the rest of the country!)

At the completion of prayers, we were hungry and saw the Landmark Hotel had a buffet lunch starting at 1:00 PM for just Dh 15 (US $4.08) each. That seemed worth checking out and was simple but delicious.
  Getting Reacquainted w/ Dubai

We got on the Metro Station at the Square and rode back to the Bur Juman station.  We did need naps today and they lasted closer to three hours than our usual one.


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