Saturday, September 30, 2006

Flying Horses

This tiled mural of Arabian stallions in full gallop can be seen at Dubai's international airport. You aren't supposed to take photos inside the airport, but I couldn't resist taking a snap or two, which is the reason why the photo isn't the best I've ever taken.

Friday, September 29, 2006

Meter in the Heat

Up till around 2 years ago parking in Dubai was free, but now parking meters have sprung up all over the place. I have never driven in Dubai, as it is far too scary. I think tailgating is one of the rules of the road. I have not seen any traffic wardens or indeed parking tickets on our visits. So maybe they are not taken too seriously.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Plain Sailing

Here's a shot of Jumeriah Beach close to the Hilton Hotel. I liked the look of this small boat with its colourful sails. In the background you can see the usual cranes which seem to be a standard feature of the Dubai skyline these days.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Past Times

This model of a wind tower is at the entrance to Sheikh Saeed's house. Although it's not some much a house in the normal sense of the word, but more of a scaled down version of a castle. Most of the rooms show photograps of Dubai as it changed over the years from a small fishing village, to the metropolis we all know today.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Licenced to Thrill

The title is a bit of an exageration for today's photograph, a Dubai car registration plate in Arabic. The first 5 characters of the licence plate read 683HH. I'm not sure what the last character is, althought is really the first, as Arabic script is read right to left.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Night Tower

Here is one of the Emirates towers taken at night, without a tripod. I'm not sure whether this is the office block or the hotel. But they are a prominent feature of the Dubai skyline.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

On the Buses

Here's one of Dubai's more unusual forms of transport. It's called the Wonderbus, and it picks people up outside the Burjuman shopping centre, drives off towards the creek, then hits the water and gives passengers a different view of the city. The vehicle itself is commonly known as a DUKW, or Duck.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Sign of the Times

I think it's always interesting to see what another countries' road signs look like. Here for your information and pleasure is Dubai's.

Friday, September 22, 2006


Here's one of the abra, or water taxi stations, that are dotted up and down the creek. It's a very cheap and enjoyable way of crossing the water, plus you get to see parts of Dubai from a different angle.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Money Makes the World Go Round..

It certainly does in Dubai, where it can be seen everywhere, cars, yachts, designer shops. Obviously it has to come from somewhere, and where better than you local branch of the Emirates Bank?

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Which Is my Room?

This is a shot of the Hilton Hotel on Jumeirah Beach. We didn't stay there, but visited for a day. I was interested in the symetry of the windows, balconies and that each one has a patio set on it.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Pole Position

Here's some real Formula 1 cars on display at Wafi City. For some reason they remind me of scale models on a display stand.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Petrol Heads

Whilst in Wafi City, I came across an exhibition of Formula 1, drag and other racing cars. This shot shows some of the vehicles used by a local racing school, where people can pay to pretend to be a Schumaker, Coulthard or Button.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Having a Pharaoh Time

No, this isn't the inside of one of the pyramids in Egypt, but a shopping mall in Dubai called Wafi City. The whole centre is decorated with hyroglyphics, statues of mummies and outside are a couple of large statues of some ancient kings. The shops in the mall are a lot different to City Centre shown yesterday, as they are nearly all designer clothing names.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Song of Life

The summer surprises' festival consisted of a different theme every week. When Gail & I were there, the theme was about the heritage of Dubai & it's people. This show was at the City Centre shopping mall & aimed to demonstrate the music & dance of the Bedouin tribes that lived out in the desert.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Summer of Fun

This is Modhesh, the character logo of the Dubai Summer Surprises. The DSS is a 10 week shopping celebration in Dubai, where people are entertained and can win prizes with lots of competitions etc. Its aim is to attract tourists to the Emirate during the very hot summer and also to entertain the kids during their school holidays.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

It's a Gas

The price of petrol in England continues to rise in price & is almost £1 a litre now. In Dubai it's different. There it is around £1.20 a gallon, or about 30p a litre. It is well known that Dubai's fuel reserves are rapidly running out & so they are replacing it with hotels & houses as a source of income.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Sheikh a Leg

Here is a doorway at Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum's house; the father of Sheikh Rashid, the guiding light of modern Dubai. The building was built in 1896 is now a museum. It displays many photos depicting the emirate from a tiny fishing village, before they discovered oil and the life that people led. The house is situated at the top of the creek, and is part of the heritage area.