Bye Dubai

I have never had a desire to visit Dubai as a destination, but on a recent trip to Asia it happened to be a stopover, which I extended to 4 days… and I am so glad I did.

I stopped on my way back, which was perfect, because Dubai is an extremely modern city with all the amenities one could want. As soon as I landed and stepped off the plane I knew I was in a very modern city.

Dubai is actually a city state within the country of the United Arab Emirates. Another, somewhat familiar state within the country is Abu Dhabi, final resting place of Sir Edmund Hillary (conqueror of Mount Everest). The country was protected by the British; however, they had little use for it in the sixties, as it was a vast desert wasteland, with no potential. Now that oil has been discovered in the region I wonder how they feel?

The airport is extremely large and very modern. Most of Dubai is new, with only a small, old town, remaining (dating back about 50 years). All of the 300+ skyscrapers of the city have been built in the past 10 years.

I checked into my hotel, a beautiful, five star property located on the beach, along a 2 km pedestrian walkway, filled with shops and eateries. The city is extremely safe and one can walk anywhere any time of day. Severe penalties are issued for people breaking the law. If you are caught J walking (and you probably will be) you are fined $80, on the spot. If you run a red light the fine is a hefty $10,000 and your driver’s license is impounded. To make this a bit easier for the government, traffic light cameras are installed at each intersection.

It did not take long for me