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Old October 26th, 2008, 01:50 PM   #1
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Trip to DUBAI, August 2008. Dubai, UAE (Great collection of pictures)

Dubai, UAE trip August 2008.

I have been following the development of dubai on SSC forums for over 2 years now and couldn't believe the construction and projects that are going on there by just looking at pictures and reading posts. Watching Burj Dubai grow on SSC ever since it was in the mid 30's floor count, I grew the urge to see it with my own eyes. The whole city leaves you speechless.

Being in Dubai gave me a new perspective on life. I thought living here in NYC was everyone's dream in terms of architecture and lifestyle. Well i was wrong, I am now giving it serious consideration to moving to Dubai. I encourage anyone with the means to take a trip out there and see for themselves.

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Old October 26th, 2008, 02:02 PM   #2
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John F. Kennedy International Airport - NYC
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Emirates Airlines:
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This was over Iran.
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Emirates Business class seats. I took this pic after the plane emptied out when we got to Dubai. I wanted to pretend I flew business class. I had an economy seat(economy is better than first class on US flights, no joke). But on the way back to JFK, Emirates upgraded me to Business class free of charge. Go figure.
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Old October 26th, 2008, 02:24 PM   #3
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Dubai International Airport - DXB
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Emaar's project in Syria - Eighth Gate Project
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There are dozens of car rental companies at the airport - We booked through National - 2008 Honda Accord for about $55/day.
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Dubai Marina
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You don't have to look very hard to find high end cars in Dubai, they're all over the place.
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Old October 26th, 2008, 02:56 PM   #4
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Dubai Marina.
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Burj Al Arab Hotel.
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I wish I had a better camera for this shot. I'm saving up to get the Nikon D300.
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Business Bay ad.
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Dubai Marina construction billboard.
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Jumeirah Beach Hotel.
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Sheikh Zayed Road. Notice Burj Dubai, the farthest building on the right side of the photo.
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LOL. We tried to access a website for escorts and it was blocked.
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At out hotel - Towers Rotana on Sheikh Zayed Road.
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Restaurant in Dubai Marina.
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Old October 26th, 2008, 02:57 PM   #5
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Dubai, UAE trip August 2008.

Enjoy the pictures...................
The silly thing is, I can't view these pics from within Dubai because Flickr is b-a-n-n-e-d, bummer
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Old October 26th, 2008, 03:39 PM   #6
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The silly thing is, I can't view these pics from within Dubai because Flickr is b-a-n-n-e-d, bummer
Yes I'm aware of that and I don't know what to say besides I'm sorry and tough luck. Everyone else on this forum deals primarly with flickr. If there's another site that some people are using, please let me know and i will post my pics there.
I don't know what the penalties are for doing this, but try using extensions by working around the proxy to limit restriction and you'll have access to flickr. I did that when I was in Syria whenever I wanted to access facebook as it's blocked there too along with other sites like youtube and skype. But the funny thing is Flickr and myspace weren't blocked. Go figure!.
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Old October 26th, 2008, 04:21 PM   #7
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Very nice phototour
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Old October 26th, 2008, 04:56 PM   #8
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Burj Al Arab Hotel.
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Jumeirah Beach Hotel.
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Dubai Marina.
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Residential Tower construction in Dubai Marina.
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Old October 26th, 2008, 05:06 PM   #9
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Mall of the Emirates.
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Ski Dubai at Mall of the Emirates.
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Two locals were nice enough to have our picture taken with them.
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Top parking deck of Mall of the Emirates.
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Burj Dubai.
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Old October 26th, 2008, 05:22 PM   #10
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Peacocks at Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoom's Palace (ruler of Dubai).
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Desert Safari (We opted out for the Hummer, a little more expensive but worth it).
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Enjoying a hookah after dinner at the desert safari.
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Belly dancer show.
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We got a $60 ticket parking at this handicap parking space.
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Mailbox.
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Somewhere on Sheikh Zayed Road.
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Our hotel. Towers Rotana(4 Star hotel right in the middle of Sheikh Zayed Road).
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Old October 26th, 2008, 05:30 PM   #11
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Smart car in Dubai
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Hotel pool area.
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Hotel pool area.
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Hotel pool area.
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Hotel pool area.
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View from the hotel.
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Towers Rotana Hotel. View from the pool area.
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Old October 26th, 2008, 05:33 PM   #12
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I hope you enjoyed my pictures. You are more than welcome to comment or ask questions and to view more photos please visit the threads in my signature or view my account on flickr by clicking the link below.

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Old October 26th, 2008, 09:53 PM   #13
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Amazing photos! the progress and speed of the developments in Dubai is incredible!

by the way did you take any pictures of palm jumeirah? and what about Dubailand? I'm excited to see how that's going
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Old October 27th, 2008, 02:17 AM   #14
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Nice pictures. I would really like to visit Dubai it looks very cool. I also want to fly Emirates it looks like a really nice airline. How was the Hummer? I always thought they were just really large SUV's that weren't capable off road vehicles. Are you middle eastern? What other sites are blocked in Dubai?
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Old October 27th, 2008, 07:01 AM   #15
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Nice pictures. I would really like to visit Dubai it looks very cool. I also want to fly Emirates it looks like a really nice airline. How was the Hummer? I always thought they were just really large SUV's that weren't capable off road vehicles. Are you middle eastern? What other sites are blocked in Dubai?


Yeah the H2 Hummer is great for off-roading not just in the desert. I frequently go off-roading around my area. Check out this forum to see some pics and videos: http://www.hummerforums.com/forumid_...smode_1/tt.htm

I'm from New Jersey but of Syrian origin. As far as I know, it's just flickr, facebook and skype that are blocked in the UAE. Youtube is not blocked, it was working just fine when I was there.
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Old October 27th, 2008, 07:24 AM   #16
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very nice pictures, looks like you enjoyed yourself in Dubai.
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Old October 27th, 2008, 12:33 PM   #17
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Couple

Amazing landscape n amazing couple, u make me jealous ......
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Old October 27th, 2008, 12:44 PM   #18
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Amazing landscape n amazing couple, u make me jealous ......

LOL. Couple? No dude, we're brothers. Thanks for the feedback anyways.
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Old October 27th, 2008, 09:03 PM   #19
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Ive added this thread to my favourites because , well because i liked it thanks Mike !
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It is disappointing to read that Dubai is blocking access to various commonly used websites. If it truly wants to be a world destination they need to cut the crap.

Awesome pictures, the Burj Dubai is really otherworldly.
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