Dubai, UAE

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) consists of 7 Emirates and Dubai is the most popular destination of them all. It is situated on the southern shore of the Persian Gulf on the Arabian Peninsula. Dubai is the second largest Emirate after Abu Dhabi and is usually recognized as the “Pearl of the Persian Gulf”.

It is a land where modern exuberance meets rich Arabian traditions. Dubai is one of the most multicultural cities in the world, with the population consisting mainly in a expatriate community and with less than 10% of the total being national Emiratis. Emirati cuisine is a fusion of Middle Eastern and Asian flavours. Fresh-caught seafood is a staple of the Dubai diet, though lamb stews spiced with saffron, turmeric and thyme are also on the menu.

We experienced a commentated drive on the city’s hop-on/hop-off bus system. This city showcases the world’s tallest man-made structure, the Burj Khalifa, at 2,716 feet.

This city also boasts the world famous Burj Al Arab, soaring from a manmade island and distinguished as the world’s only 7-star hotel.

We visited waterfront high-end boutiques like Gucci and Louis Vutton and got lost in Jumeira’s market souks, a labyrynth of streets. The harbour is a vibrant and eclectic area to stroll around. Much merchandise is loaded onto “douws” and transported along waterways to many locations.

Unfortunately, a massive fog bank rolled in today and some photos show the haze.

Tim Horton’s coffee houses are located throughout the city.

Modern highways abound everywhere. These are needed to move the increasing population of Emiratis and expats around and into the city.

Next stop . . . Mumbai, India. Stay tuned!