So I mentioned in my February roster post that I had some leave coming up and I was going to stay in Dubai. My sister Lizzie and her boyfriend Jarett flew over from America (they’d been living in Albuquerque, New Mexico for the past year) to stay with me for a while.
As Jarett had never been to Dubai before (and the last time Lizzie came here was quite a few years ago!) we decided to try and squeeze in plenty of sightseeing!
On our first evening we headed down the road to the Dubai Mall.
We sat outside in the lovely fresh air (a nice change for Lizzie & Jarett after near freezing temperatures in Albuquerque!) and had some coffees watching the sunset.
We also managed to catch a couple of the fountain shows!
The next day Lizzie, Jarett and I decided to visit Ripe Market, which is held in Zabeel Park. I’ve been meaning to go for quite a while now, but haven’t been around on a Friday!
The market has lots of fresh fruit and vegetable stalls, as well as loads of independent food and arts & craft stalls.
We tried out some super tasty mini Dutch pancakes and some delicious Aussie coffee.
Jarett also picked us up some pretty hyacinths for the apartment!
L & J decided to visit the beach and got a taxi down to Kite Beach, which is not far from my place. They spent the afternoon chilling out on the beach 🙂
Up early after a relaxing day before, we were ready for the next stop on our list of “tourist spots” to visit, which was old Dubai. But first – breakfast!
I’m lucky to be living in the centre of Dubai with plenty of restaurants and cafes nearby.
We chose More Cafe which my flatmate Cassandra recommended to us!
After a delicious breakfast, we drove on down to “Old Dubai”, also known as Bastakiya.
I’ve never been before, and it was a lovely area full of old style buildings.
Of course you can’t fully get away from Dubai as we know it though, and here you can see old meeting new!
Jarett somehow got sucked into trying on a traditional Kandura (the Arabic stye “dress” the men wear) which was quite funny!
Luckily he managed to escape without being forced into buying anything 😉
We then headed on to the Dubai museum, which is quite interesting, although I have visited before.
We stopped off for tea at a lovely little Arabic tea house, nestled in a pretty courtyard.
After a relaxing tea break, we hopped on an abra for just 1 Dirham each, and crossed over the creek.
There are some traditional markets in Dubai, also known as “souks”, where they sell hundreds of different kinds of spices and herbs. There’s also the gold souk, although we didn’t spend any money there 😉
Whilst choosing our spices Jarett got roped in to trying some sort of “natural viagra”! Who knows what it really was!
Sorry for the slight overload of photos, it was hard to pick out of over 400! And not to worry…there’s plenty more to come in part 2!