Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Dubai–Architectural Eye Candy



Last weekend was a surprise 3-day weekend for Mark, which is typical here; you never know when holidays are coming until they are upon you. We decided to spend a couple of nights in Dubai. We stayed in the Rotana Rose Rayan, a business hotel in the Financial Area of Dubai. We were on the 56th floor of the 70-floor tower, with a view of the Burj Khalifa, the World’s Tallest Building, from our room – behind the television.


One of my main goals was to finally capture the magnificent eye candy that is the architecture of downtown Dubai.


Dubai 002



We had two other goals: to ride our bicycles, which we brought with us, and to go shopping at Dubai’s two most famous malls, Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates.





On Thursday, we rode our bikes at Meydan Bicycle Park, which is a camel racetrack just outside of downtown Dubai.





Dubai 008


In the afternoon, we rode the Metro to both malls from our hotel. I was amazed at how easy it was, and also how many people were riding the Metro. It was very encouraging. We had seen both of these malls before, with the Ski Dubai at Emirates Mall and the aquarium at Dubai Mall.



But what I had not previously seen was the Level Shoes. OMG. This place was unbelievable. Imagine: a combination of the most delectable candy store – where you see every kind of candy you ever loved, artfully displayed – and somehow combine it with the most beautiful museum, but where you could try everything on for size. Oh, and it’s lined with pictures of your favorite movie stars – no matter how old or young you are.

I couldn’t even begin to take photos – not in the shoes I was wearing, which were 29 dirham flip flops. Mark was trying on 4000 dirham driving shoes which reminded me of my dad’s bedroom slippers, but fortunately they didn’t quite fit his very unusual feet.


Dubai 035


The second day, we rode our bikes at the Dubai Marina, which I was surprised to find so easy to ride. There are a lot of little cafes and restaurants, including a Mexican place that I want to try.


And always, you are looking up at the amazing architecture.


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