The Ice Park (The Parks, Part 3)

The third part of our exciting parks adventure was the Ice Park.  It is again in Dubai Garden Glow.  Right in the middle.  It isn’t included in the original cover charge, and will cost an additional AED 60.  Or maybe AED 65?  I should have paid a little more attention to that! Sorry!

Check out the cute little penguin in the “C”!!

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The Dinosaur Park (The Parks, Part 2)

Yes, that’s right.  There is a Dinosaur Park in Dubai!  Not only that, it’s covered in the AED 60 cover charge for Dubai Garden Glow!

Light up sign because Glow Gardens, you know!

Now, I have to confess that I really was a bit disheartened when I heard there was a dinosaur exhibit at the park.  I don’t think even when I was doing that bit at school I had much interest.  I still don’t now.  At all.

Mum however was really quite excited because a) she is still a teacher at heart, and b) my darling niece (her much adored granddaughter!!) is inexplicably obsessed with dinosaurs!  Because Mum was so excited by it, it kind of rubbed off a little but I was still happily the photographer while she went around doing the learning bit. Continue reading

Dubai Garden Glow (The Parks, Part 1)

In order to get over the crazy amount of “doing” that we did on the Big Bus Tour, Mum and I ended up having a lovely quiet day of treats the following day.  We had a lovely breakfast at Cafe Barbera, dresses made at Deepa’s in Satwa, we had our nails done at N.Bar, we had lunch at Noodle House (PF Changs was full sadly!) and then we went to the cinema to watch a brilliant film called Molly’s Game at Reel Cinema’s Platinum Suites in Dubai Mall.

That turned out to be fairly tiring too, so the next day we really took it easy.  We had a pool day, read our books, and then had nice pizza’s for supper.  But that felt a bit boring so we decided another adventure was in order!

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Big Bus Tour – Part 6, or, The Last Route

Just like on the Green Route, I hadn’t realised quite how much time would be spent on Sheikh Zayed Road so had opted to go upstairs again.  I can now say that I know that there isn’t a photo opportunity that is worth sitting in the open air section of a bus with no seat belts, belting along SZR at 100kmph in strong winds.  Not only was it cold but it was a little scary at times!!

Thankfully it was the end of the day and so the traffic had started to build up in the marina so we didn’t hurtle our way through there.  We got to sit in traffic, warm up slightly and take pictures of the water.  I could have take more but I was fascinated with the people sat in front of us.  I couldn’t work out if they were brother and sister, or an item.  What I can tell you is that I have NEVER seen a straight man take so many selfies or organise his sister/partners face so much to get the right look, angle and light.  It was unbelievable!!!

Such a shame the buildings were in the way of the sunset!!

I miss the Marina… but not the traffic!!

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Big Bus Tour – Part 5, Or, The Green Route

We jumped back on our bus at the Spice Souk and were very pleased to see that our calculations had been correct.  Our bus wasn’t over crowded and we took our seat for the final leg of the Red Route.

Different view of the city

We drove past the Frame again and I have to say, it’s much more impressive looking when it has sunlight to shine on it! Continue reading

Big Bus Tour – Part 4, Or, The Creek

With Dubai Museum behind us and the wind from being on an open top bus cooling us down (how people do this in the summer is beyond me) we set off again.  Sadly it was only a couple of short jumps to our next get off point.  We were headed onto the Creek for a Dhow Cruise.

We also had it perfectly timed because within minutes of being there, the dhow docked and the last tour group disembarked.

Traditional wooden boat

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Big Bus Tour – Part 3, or, Dubai Museum

After our exciting little mooch around the hidden souq (Part 2!) and our impromptu silly faces photo shoot outside it to pass the time, we jumped back on the bus and headed off to learn more.

We battled the traffic through Karama and Burjuman and I spent half the time giggling at our fellow explorers.  Their faces were priceless!  It is absolutely not the Dubai that they were expecting.  It wasn’t the Dubai they had seen in the glossy brochures and the websites that they looked at before heading over.  There was a brief reprieve when the newly refurbished BurJuman shopping mall came into view, but then as we headed to the Creek, the faces came back.

It’s not that these are dangerous places.  They are just old and tired, and a bit grubby.  It doesn’t help with all the balcony’s being full of laundry or used as storage generally.  They don’t have the same layer of gloss applied like Downtown, but they aren’t meant to have.  Continue reading