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Old October 27th, 2008, 11:27 PM   #21
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What a place! Great developments.
But I do think I prefer the traditional big cities in the 'Old World'.
Nice tour, just like we've been there ourselves.
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Old October 28th, 2008, 01:44 AM   #22
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Thanks for the tour mate, nice pictures
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Old October 28th, 2008, 02:23 AM   #23
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Nice tour. Thanks for taking us along on your trip. Very fascinating.

A few questions:

1. Are there any pedestrian friendly, sidewalk crowded, kinds of places?

2. There seems to be a haze in the air in all the pics. Is that desert dust or air pollution?

3. What would you say is the cost of basic items, like food, soft drinks, beer, etc.,
versus NYC. More or less expensive?
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Old October 28th, 2008, 03:42 AM   #24
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Nice tour. Thanks for taking us along on your trip. Very fascinating.

A few questions:

1. Are there any pedestrian friendly, sidewalk crowded, kinds of places?

2. There seems to be a haze in the air in all the pics. Is that desert dust or air pollution?

3. What would you say is the cost of basic items, like food, soft drinks, beer, etc.,
versus NYC. More or less expensive?


You're welcome guys, I'm glad you enjoyed it. Stayed tuned in to either this thread or my youtube account as i have over 10 hours of video footage of my whole trip. I will start editing the videos and uploading to youtube.

1.) Yes Dubai has plenty of pedestrian friendly areas. There are air conditioned bus stops that you can take a rest in and very very clean public restrooms. The negative things are just the heat(you hardy find people walking in the afternoon hours in the summer) and the amount of construction going on somewhat limits sidewalks for now because everywhere they have cones and blocked off areas but that will be taken care of once construction slows down.

2.) We were there in early August(aka extremly hot and humid time of the year). So the reason for the shots being not clear at times is a combination of my shitty $300 camera, desert dust, construction debree. But not air pollution whatsoever, Dubai is not China.

3.) Traveling to Dubai is not cheap at all, I didn't expect it to be either. The prices for basic items are slightly less than what you would pay in the US. But not much less, we're talking about pennies only depending on the items but in general it's about 10-15% cheaper. But then again, I live in NYC and everything is expensive here. So to answer your question, prices in Dubai are cheaper.
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Old October 28th, 2008, 04:57 AM   #25
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from the beginning, i don't think a 800m tower would be nice. and truly is...it looks awful, doesn't have the 'harmony' with surrounding at all..... sorry, my UAE fren...

btw, nice trip hey, iMike
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Old October 28th, 2008, 05:58 AM   #26
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You are right, it looks awful now because of all the construction going on around it. If you look at the renders of how it will look like around Business Bay, looks absolutely beautiful and in a perfect place. So, no worries, it will start look better by the day from now on.
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Old October 29th, 2008, 12:27 AM   #27
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What does the rest of the Middle East think of Dubai? It seems like it is going against the grain of Islamic tradition. It seems like an American boomtown on steroids. Is alcohol still illegal there? Are gays accepted? Although the array of buildings is mesmerizing NYC is such a deeper city in terms of its character and tradition.
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Old October 29th, 2008, 12:32 AM   #28
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Although I despise Hummers the desert seems like an appropriate place to have one.
I am not into the glitz and material culture that seems to be in your face in Dubai. I will have to go someday but its not first on my list. Miami is like a mini Dubai where religon is not as intertwined with the politics. I would rather see Damascus or Beirut before Dubai.
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Old November 9th, 2008, 06:28 AM   #29
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Gee mate are you syrian?

How's the hooker scene in Dubai? Aren't most of them Russian?
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Old January 1st, 2009, 04:50 AM   #30
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u missed visiting the old districs of Dubai.
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Old January 2nd, 2009, 05:17 PM   #31
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u missed visiting the old districs of Dubai.
I actually did visit old Dubai but didn't have the camera handy that night. I visited Bur Dubai, Deira area, gold souk. Lots of traffic there, holy cow.

I even went into and drove around Sharjah for about an hour.
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Old January 2nd, 2009, 06:04 PM   #32
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Landing in Dubai. JFK-DXB via Emirates Airlines


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Old January 2nd, 2009, 09:23 PM   #33
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IFE on Tayaran Emarat is definitely the world's best !
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