My UAE Experience...
Highs: Loving this city all over again; looking at the Burj-al-Arab from the beach; watching the
Burj-al-Arab change colors at night; driving down the trunk of the Palm Island; the color of the
Arabian Gulf; staying in Jumeira 1 - so close to the Jumeirah Mosque and the Lime Tree Cafe; being
in the developed world again; skiing in Dubai (how often can a person do this in the desert?).
Lows: Things being more expensive than I remember (hello declining dollar!); getting rear-ended in
Alex's car and learning the process you have to go through with the police department first-hand.
Best Moment: Sitting on the beach while reflecting about my last time here while watching the
Burj-al-Arab changing colors.
Craziest Moment: Learning the formalities of getting in a car accident in Dubai. Definitely
different from home!
Smells: None to report of (this is a good thing after spending a month in India!).
Sounds: The prayer call from the mosque next to Alex's house; the show of musical numbers I
went to at the Madinat Theatre.
Sights: Burj-al-Arab; the Souks at Madinat Jumeirah; Palm Island; Jumeirah Mosque; the Arabian
Gulf; the Burj Dubai; Emirates Towers; the Deira Creek; camels; ski slope at the Mall of the Emirates.
Tastes: Dates stuffed with nuts; pumpkin, caramelized onions and goat cheese on flatbread (at the
Lime Tree Cafe); homemade Shepherd's pie at one of Alex's friend's house.
Street Food: Nuts and dried fruits near the Creek area.
Fun Food Finds: Date pie at McDonald's (sounds a bit gross but it still piques my curiosity as I
Western Companies Out Here: Pizza Hut; Round Table; Johnny Rockets; Hardee's; Chili's;
McDonald's; Cinnabon; Starbuck's; Coffee Bean; etc. (To be honest, there is just about EVERYTHING
Other General Info...
Visa needed? Not for Americans.
Type of currency? UAE Dirham. $1 US is equal to about 3.6 dirhams.
Things the UAE Is Known For: Focusing on tourism vs. oil; the palm islands; the world
islands; indoor skiing; the Burj-al-Arab.
Religion: Muslim (plus the religions of all of the ex-pats).