Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Dubai Tour Part 2


Our second part of Dubai tour was primarily touring the city with a tour bus. It was a "hop on, hop off" style like in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. The tickets were divided into two categories: day and night tour for 280 AED per head. On the 26th of October, we took the day tour first and our pickup point was from the Mall of the Emirates. My father and I seated on the upper deck and didn't mind the heat that surrounded us during that time. It has several stops around the city and they provided free bottled water inside the bus.



One mistake that I did in booking this tour was that I chose Friday. The primary spots that I would like to see were Gold Souk and Dubai Museum but they only open at 2:30 PM on Fridays. I was kind of frustrated but there was nothing that I can do. Instead, we took most of the time in Dhow Cruise Tour on which we rode a boat and navigated the creek area. It was almost an hour of cruising which made me appreciate the "old side" of Dubai in that area. After that short refreshing river cruise, we hopped again on the bus and stopped on Burjuman to take our lunch. Fortunately, there was a lunch buffet in Barrio Fiesta so we took the advantage to fill our stomach. My father enjoyed his beef and chicken meals while I put my contentment on fish.


Afterwards, we went home and rested for a while before heading to our reserved table in Junsui Restaurant in Burj Al Arab for our dinner. I was impressed by the design and architecture style of this hotel. Also, the restaurant itself is a showcase of excellent choice in furniture, dining sets and light effects. The place required smart casual attire so I wore a suit on top of a polo while my father put on long sleeves polo with a black sweater as he was concern that it might be cold in the restaurant. The place has three main sections, Chinese, Japanese and Korean buffets. On the Korean area, there were mini tables for Thai and Indonesian cuisines. Since alcohol drinks are not allowed in Riyadh, my father took the liberty to order wine and beer as he misses those kinds of thirst quencher. In Dubai, alcoholic drinks can only be consumed inside a bar, restaurant or if you have a liquor license. The foods were really good, we actually enjoyed it. I specifically liked the Thai foods and some Chinese noodles.

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