October 20, 2013– DUBAI
We have a good sleep at our hotel room during the night after we arrived from Amman, Jordan. We woke up at around 7AM and enjoyed eating a leisurely breakfast. Our morning was at leisure until we were met by our tourist guide at 10AM for our city tour and sightseeing. Our tour guide was a Filipina who worked in Dubai for several years already.
Dubai is the Gulf’s most enchanting and cosmopolitan city offers its modern and ancient charms. It is the second largest member of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Dubai is the safest place to live in. It is a tax-free country and approximately 80% of the residents are foreigners. There are no street addresses in Dubai and is the fastest growing city in the world.
Dubai is one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates. It is like an independent city-state and is the most modern and progressive emirate in the UAE, developing at an unbelievable pace in the tourist and trade sectors especially.
We departed the hotel for Atlantis Palm Hotel. While on our way, we prayed and bible passages distributed and I got this one: “I am the way, the truth and the life,” (John 14:6). Atlantis Palm Hotel is situated in Palm Island in Jumeirah, the Atlantis, The Palm provides guests with a modern place to stay while visiting Dubai, and also features a private beach, a swimming pool and outdoor tennis courts. Some of the popular features on offer at this luxurious 5-star hotel are a spa & wellness centre, a poolside snack bar and a fitness centre. The Atlantis, The Palm has 1539 rooms and the location of the hotel means guests can easily access multiple tourist attractions on foot. Mall of the Emirates is under a 20-minute car ride from the hotel. We did not enter the Hotel but had our pictures with this Hotel as our background and facing Persian Gulf.
After picture taking at the Atlantis Palm Hotel, we proceeded to Jumeirah to sightsee Burj al Arab. Jumeirah is a diverse district whose residents are the Europeans to the Filipinos to the Pakistanis; a mixed Little Europe, Karachi and manila. Jumeirah is much favored by Europeans due to the ease of access of the beach, beautiful villas are seen here. Jumeirah Beach the Walk and Jumeirah Mosque are the top attractions.
Burj Al Arab, an Arabic which means Tower of the Arabs, is a luxury hotel located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is ‘The world’s only 7 star Hotel’ since 1999. At 321 m (1,053 ft), it is the fourth tallest hotel in the world; however, 39% of its total height is made up of non-occupiable space. Burj Al Arab stands on an artificial island 280 m (920 ft) from Jumeirah beach and is connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge. The shape of the structure is designed to mimic the sail of a ship.
When we arrived in Jumeirah beach, we took pictures and made Burj Al Arab as our background and then proceeded to Dubai Museum at around 11AM.
Dubai Museum in Al Ibn Talib Road is a must-see for anyone interested in the social history of the Emirate (and indeed the country). Dubai source of living is not oil (coz only 6%) but trading and tourism. A visit starts at the al-Fahidi fort, which has a few examples of the traditional reed houses and other artifacts, but isn’t much to look at. The more interesting part is the modern extension built underneath the fort, showcasing Dubai’s history using the latest technology and culminating in a reconstructed souq from the pearling days, complete with authentic sights and sounds. It is quite fascinating to see the speed at which the transition from poor pearling village to modern metropolis occurred. Admission was 3AED.
During our visit in the museum, we took pictures and some of our co-pilgrims bought some souvenir items. Then we proceeded to Dubai Creek. We crossed the Dubai Creek with an “Abra” (or water Taxi) to reach the other side where we visited the Gold and Spice Souq in Dubai.
While we were in this Gold and Spice Souq, many of us bought many items and “pasalubong” and then proceeded to a Chinese Restaurant for our late lunch at around 1:30PM.
After our lunch we proceeded to St. Mary’s Church for a Mass at 4PM presided by Fr. Ching Salibay OP. He preached about 4 ways God answered our prayer: direct, delayed, disguised, and deny. we returned to our hotel while some of our co-pilgrims went to Dubai Mall.
After the Mass many of us went to Dubai Mall and I went back to Grand Belle Vue Hotel waited for Mary Ann Rodis, Juliet Constantino and Jojo Rodis, my friends from General Santos City, Philippines who work to fetch me and Fr. Estong Bendita.
But only Mary Ann and Juliet arrived. They brought us to Dubai Mall, and went to electronics section to buy something. We had our dinner at TGI Fridays at around 11pm, watched water fountain presentation.
At 270 meters in length and sporting a jet that shoots water up to 150 meters (500 feet), the Dubai Fountain is indeed the world’s largest dancing fountain and one with a very enticing display – a definite must see. The show starts every evening at the Burj Dubai Lake. Easy way to approach it is via the Dubai Mall.
Shows are every 30 minutes from 6PM to 10PM on weekdays and 6PM to 11PM on weekends. It’s the world’s largest dancing fountain with classical, Arabic and world music. About 1.5 million lumens of projected light and the spray heights of up to 150 meters/500 feet (22,000 gallons of airborne water).
After the dinner, Mary Ann and Juliet brought us to Grand Belle Vue Hotel at around 12AM for a night sleep.
MORE PHOTOS IN DUBAI COURTESY OF MS. MAY ANN RODIS
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