Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Dubai(day 1& 2) - Al Maktoum Museum, Camel, Mall of Emirates & Atlantis

7 hours flight was, honestly going there, not tiring.
I guess I was too excited, it has been a year since my Sydney trip, if you know what I mean.
The feeling is back, of course! Yay!!!

During the flight I watched 2 movies. 
Monte Carlo and The Green Lantern.
Lucky I could watch it.

I put first and second day as one post because first day was only half day story to tell.
But before starting with second day story, I wanna tell you my little experience in the terminal.
Once I touched down, nervously queuing for check-in. 
They were not friendly, no smiling face. (maybe I expect them to smile back at me because I smile first?)
Unlike Malaysia airport staff who smile all the time. (LOL)
After my passport got stamped, skipped the unfriendly faces, then unfriendly faces came again.
Was I expecting too much or was I just trying to flirt by smiling at them? 
Then again, I forgot this is Middle East! 
No matter how futuristic or modern the city is, the people are never change. 
So finally I stop smiling at them and I looked at other part of them. LOL
Our friend was getting a rental car for 1 month so we waited there while I was checking people who walking by.
The car rental company is called "THRIFTY". (Click the link to see their official website)
I am not sure about the price of one month rent, but roughly 2700-2800 Dhs if correct.
So if you see a car with a blue sticker written "THRIFTY" on the windscreen in Dubai, then you will know it is a rent car. 
The car we got was totally brand new! 
White colorNissan Tiida! (not available in Malaysia I think)
Check this out: (photos from this website)

Very nice car! (I drove it for 1 hour during our day trip from Dubai to Al Ain)

Flight touch down and rent car took us about 2 hours in the terminal. 
The terminal was Terminal One
Just for your information, 
the airport got 3 terminals.
Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 are for International flight and Terminal 2 is for domestic flight.
MAS airplane will touch down in Terminal 1 and if you take Emirates flight you will be touching down in Terminal 3. 

Our friends are staying in Dubai Downtown, walking distance of 5 minutes to The Dubai Mall & Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world!
First meal in Dubai, they brought us to More restaurant in Dubai Mall.
Before dinner was served, we get to see Dubai Water Fountain water and music play.
What a wonderful 'appetizer' !
I guess you guys watched the video from my main Dubai post, no? Please click here to watch again. :) Hope you guys like it.

So that's my first night for Dubai ~~

Next day morning our friends prepared breakfast for us.
Gosh, I had to say it was better than any 5 stars hotel in Dubai!
The love and passion they put into it! (maybe partner and I used to normal 2 slices of bread with only peanut butter & blueberry jam everyday)
Muack you guys!

Agenda of 2nd day was do a little of city tour and to Al Maktoum Museum in Al Shindagha (picture below)

At that hour it was around 11am-12pm, the sun was HOT!
And we walked all the way from Al Maktoum Museum(Al Shindagha) along side Dubai Creek passed Al Ghubaiba station, Souk Al Kabeer (this Souk you gonna be tough because the guys selling souvenir there are HOT like the sun too! Don't 'kena tipu'! ), and to Bur Dubai.
From Bur Dubai we took a water taxi (which will cost you only 1 Dhs per person one way) to Deira Old Souq station, the other side of Dubai Creek.
Here is the picture of Water Taxi.

Cool right? You better don't swing on the 'sampan'

After the long walk, we back to Al Shindagha (Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum Museum).
So this time we pay visit to the museum before we heading back to town.

It was heritage site and historical attraction for tourist. 
Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum was born right there and he was the founder of Dubai.
I have some photos and one video clip of this museum. 

The video of Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum house Museum, in Al Shindagha.

Also we went to Camel House, just next to house Museum.
This Camel House provides you the details of camel. (You rarely will see tourist there if you are going solo)
It was really interesting. 
I was dying to see real one in my Desert Safari trip later!

After 2 hours there then it was about time for lunch. 
We headed to Mall of Emirates straight away. 
Anyone has idea about Skiing in Dubai? Under the hot sun? 
Of course, it is a indoor HUGE Ski resort and you basically can do any snow sports there like skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing. 
Inside the Mall of Emirates you can walk to Ski Dubai entrance. 
Well we didn't go there for skiing you see. We just wanna have lunch there :)
The restaurant right opposite of the Ski Dubai selling ticket counter is, The Perfect Steak. 

The meal was great!
The food in Dubai can't go wrong most of time. 
Then we walked around to check out the mall.
It was big and I love the mall! (only if I am millionaire haha)

We back to Dubai Downtown in the evening and get ourself prepared for Atlantis!
Too bad I didn't take photo at all the night in Atlantis because I thought we would coming back for the Aquadventure which we didn't.
Palm Jumeirah! 
(this photo is edited using 2 photos with 2 angles and then combined into 1)

NICE right? 
It was taken in the top floor 52th of Marriot Hotel in Dubai Marina.

Anyway, back to Atlantis.
Our friend birthday dinner was in one of the 16 restaurants in Atlantis, which costs 190 Dhs per person for the dinner buffet. 
It was so f*cking expensive :)

But of course, Once in a Lifetime moment!
I was really enjoying it!
And we got to meet new high classy friends there!
It was just, unbelievable! 
I mean, dining in Atlantis!?!? God blessed me!
Not to mention also they have a smaller tank for fishes and sharks!
It felt like a laptop/PC 3D under ocean screen saver/wallpaper! 
Check this out!

Everything you see inside Atlantis, will keep you wondering every single step you walk. 
Do you know what was I wondering then?
* "How the f*ck they build this giant?!!"...repeat *
It just amazing!

Everything was too great.
Great friends, great people, great food, great Atlantis, great history, great mall, the list just go on and on. (hell I need millions to continue enjoying all this...)
That 2nd night my mind was thinking how great it is gonna be the next few days.

Next post I will tell you some stories about Al Ain trip and that I will be driving left-handed car driving to Al Ain of journey of 120km. (FYI, it is right-handed driving in Malaysia)
How exciting! (LOL, I was nervous and scared though)

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