Monkey Diary: A Day in Dubai
Posted on Mar 07, 2018 by Floh
On their way to Thailand, Bimbino and Bambina had an 18 hours overlay in Dubai. Fortunately, the time they had in the city fell in the day and evening hours. Probably it would have been better to rest after a short night on a plane with only three hours of sleep, but the monkeys couldn't resist the temptation to visit this city beyond their imagination.
10th January 2018
Dubai, United Arab Emirates 🇦🇪
The monkeys arrived at the International Airport of Dubai early in the mooring. Instead of heading straight to the city's famous skyscrapers, Bimbino and Bambina choose to visit Al Shindagha first, the old town at Khor Dubai (Dubai Creek.)
Dubai is the largest and most populous city in the United Arab Emirates.
While walking along Khor Dubai in Al Shingdala and looking at the 829.8 metres tall Burj Khalifa, Bimbino and Bambina were reminded of the history of Dubai: What once was used to be a fishing village became quickly a prosperous international metropolis, after oil was discovered in the 1960's.
There is nothing more characteristic to the Middle East than its souks and bazaars. As the monkeys didn't want to miss out on the experience of an Arabic market, they visited the Bur Dubai Souk. In the end the monkeys left quicker as they had planned as th mostly ethnic Indian merchants were to offensive in their marketing strategies.
Historically, Khor Dubai is the heart of Dubai, dividing the old city into two sections: Deira and but Dubai. In the past, fishing and pearling industry were based primarily along the creek.
The most spectacular building in Dubaii's old town is Hisn al-Fahidi (Al Fahidi Fort.) The fort was erected in 1787 close by the Khor Dubai and is the oldest Buddhist in Dubai.
Right behind the fort stands Dubai's Grand Mosque with its picturesque slim and 70 metres tall minaret, the Emirates leading place of Islamic worship.
After spending the whole morning in Dubai's old town, the monkeys wanted to go to the beach to swim in the Persian Gulf. What better place was there than Jumeirah Beach. Here the monkeys had not only perfect white sand but also a spectacular view on the world famous Burj al Arab, the third tallest hotel in the world. The shape of the structure is designed to resemble the sail of a ship.
The last hours of their stay in Dubai the monkeys spent at The Dubai Mall gazing at the light show on the surface of Burj Khalifa. With a total height of 829.8 metres the Burj Khalifa is the tallest structure in the world.