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
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!
Cue Dubai Garden Glow! Continue reading
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!!
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
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
The Big Bus tour took us to Wafi, as I wrote in Part 1, but it’s a mall I have been to 101 times before. It’s where the hat type shop ‘Oasis’ is located so not only have I shopped there, I have modeled there too! Yep, it was as strange to do it as to read the words that I have actually modeled!!!
Wafi also boasts an amazing selection of restaurants so I’ve visited a fair few of those. Then, on top of that, they had a Rooftop Movies series one year. I don’t know if they still do it but it was lovely at the time!
So given I have been here so often, imagine when I discovered there was a whole section that I had never heard of! Continue reading
The Big Bus Tour is something Mum has wanted to do on each of her trips, but we just have never had time. Thankfully I work for an entirely more reasonable firm now than when I arrived (let’s not even mention my Year From Hell employment experience!), and so I was able to take a week off and plan things!
First up on the list was this tour. There are currently two in operation in Dubai. The original Big Bus tour and the newer City Sightseeing bus tour. They are much of a muchness really. We in the end went with Big Bus as they have more buses so less wait time if we wanted to get off for a while.