'Monday, 17 October 2016
17.10.2016 - 17.10.2016
We drifted into Port Rashid in the city of Dubai, arriving along with a procession of heavy aircraft landing through the mist and early sun. We have until 08:00 to rendezvous in the Wheelhouse Bar for our shore excursion. We left the ship and walked a red carpet into an extensive terminal building. The passport check was friendly and brief and we were soon on our coach.
Despite a log-jam of traffic we were taken to a location where we had a view of the impressive Burj Al Arab Hotel, the view was largely uninterrupted and the air relatively clear. I managed a reasonable image of this iconic symbol of the UAE.
Back on the coach for a drive to view the Jumeirah Mosque, reputed to be the largest of the many mosques in the country. Our next destination was the Dubai Museum in the grounds of the historic Al Fahidi Fort. An extensive and impressive museum but the experience was marred by many coincidental tour coaches and a number of school excursions crowding the space. A short walk brought us to the Abra (water taxi) Station on the bank of the creek in the heart of the old city.
Crossing the Dubai Creek delivered us to a maze of stalls, shops any alleyways that makes up the Spice Souk and an amazing Gold Souk. There are a number of malls and complexes that claim a Gold Souk but can't imagine this precinct which claims aver 270 separate gold sellers being surpassed. Another stroll in the hot sun brought us back to our coach for a convoluted route back to Port Rashid. The approaches to the Port is an endless construction zone with many detours and road blocks. The commercial cargo port is located well away from this congested area.
We were thankful for the air conditioned comfort of the ship and a refreshing shower. Lunch of some fruit and lots of iced water was followed by an hour or two relaxed in the cabin. Yes, I was horizontal AND my eyes were closed.
A relaxed dinner with the crew in the dining room and then off to the Theatre for an amazing Folkloric Show. Exquisitely gowned dancers and dizzying whirling dervishes delighted the audience. Two very tall and scantily clad belly dancers drew some gasps from the audience in response to some of their contortions.
Need to get some rest so that we can do justice to tomorrow's tour. I've used a view of the impressive Burj Al Arab Hotel for today's image, you can view my photo by following this link to the image of the Burj Al Arab Hotel.
Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony.