We visited the Palm here in Dubai yesterday traveling on the Metro from the airport through the city down the coast of the Persian Gulf. The Emirate has added land to the country in two spots creating a palm shaped land mass protected by a sea wall. The first of the two is a private area open only to people living in the area or those staying in the Burj El Arab. That particular hotel is so exclusive it has a 6* rating. (I did not know that was even possible). The second Palm is public and Atlantis Hotel sits at the top of the palm tree shaped area. Not far away the canal district which connects to the gulf is home to some of the most beautiful yachts I have ever seen. Some are several stories high.
I know that there are those of you that picture women totally covered from head to toe everywhere You will see groups out shopping in every mall you enter. But you need to realize that it is not required like it is in Saudi Arabia. The fact that the women in this country get to make a choice as to their modesty and reverence for their god is amazing and wonderful. The beauty I see is unparalleled. I have not seen henna except at a resort show. If the women are using it to decorate their bodies it is
On our Metro ride we passed landmark structures like the one pictured below. The Burj Khalifa loomed over the downtown area.
|One beautiful sky scraper after another passed the window as we traveled.|
|Metro lines clean, safe and are policed regularly. We loved the ride.|
Taxis are cheap and regulated by a Rapid Transit Administration.
Oddly enough we left Dubai and entered the Sharjah Emirate traveling north. As we left that part of the country we entered an Emirate that allows alcohol sales. We stopped to take a look at the ratty, isolated spot to find the parking lot for the store jammed and locals loading up. They were giving bottles of beer from Estonia away as a parting gift. It seemed very strange indeed.
|Even painted camels are fun!|
|No this is not "blue screened" in...we are really in the UAE desert!|
|I keep asking if a person ever gets used to seeing camels wandering about...the answer so far has been "NO".|
Have a wonderful day.