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Mall Of The Sizzling Cow Plate

I took a stroll round Bur Dubai a few days ago. In among the hotels, grocery shops, mobile phone shops, pharmacies, cafes, restaurants, supermarkets, laundries and open air markets was a tiny little air-conditioned shopping mall with a little food court. And, in that food court was a little Chinese food outlet. And, what they served me was fabulous, both times I went there.

An Evening Walk Around Dubai Marina

A couple of nights ago I walked, jogged and crawled around the Dubai Marina Promenade. All of it. I wore shorts, a tee shirt and trainers. Well before my excursion ended I was dripping with perspiration. We are, after all, in the midst of the Dubai Summer when night time temperatures seldom get much below 32°C (90°F). Through my sweat-soaked glasses the incredible architecture and amazing lighting of the Marina made for a wonderful journey.

The Dubai Promenade makes for a brilliant walk.

Dubai’s Most Expensive Currently Listed Apartment!

If you’re reading this I trust you have a few million Euros, Dirhams, Pounds or Dollars sitting around in your petty cash jar. This post discusses the most expensive currently listed apartment in all of Dubai. I think you should buy it.  If I could afford it I’d probably buy it. After all, what’s more interesting: a giant pile of cash or a chance to own the tallest penthouse apartment in the World’s Tallest Building? I mean, I’d also buy it because the views are AMAZING….what a place to live!

The Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the World! It’s actually about 1/2 mile in height. Use of stairs NOT recommended.

Dubai’s Cheapest Currently Listed Apartment

At the time of writing this post:
The cheapest residential property for sale in Dubai at this time is a studio apartment in International City for 180,000 dirhams (aed) or about $49,000US or £37,000. For that you get about 370 square feet of unfurnished living space.

Google Earth photo of International City, one of the growing mega-developments of Dubai

“International City” is a themed development of clusters of apartments.

The World’s Fastest Growing Mega-City

Dubai is probably the world’s fastest growing city.

The rate of expansion and growth seen in Dubai over the last 10 years has been something incredible to behold. Towns and cities can grow quickly but with nothing like the combination of sheer speed and size and organisation and planning foresight that Dubai boasts. Cancun and Playa Del Carmen in Mexico and San Pedro Town in Belize are examples of fast growing urban areas I’ve seen up close and personal. But, often the cart is before the horse

A Couple of Dubai Myths Debunked

Dubai really is quite a cosmopolitan city and by Muslim standards is remarkably liberal and easy going. That said, I remember before my first trip to Dubai reading all about the city’s policies on hand-holding in public (I read you couldn’t) and Metro travel (I read that men and women must travel separately). Happily both of those “rules” are myths. Here’s the Scoop!

  1. COUPLES CANNOT HOLD HANDS IN PUBLIC:  I’ve seen lots of couples, including Muslims in fairly conservative and traditional Muslim garb, holding hands in Dubai shopping malls. But, that’s as much affection as I’ve seen between a man and a woman in public. No smooching, snogging, fondling or any other PG13 or above signs of affection are allowed in busy public areas.
This is quite common in Dubai.
  1. WOMEN AND MEN MUST RIDE IN SEPARATE METRO TRAIN CARS:  Again, completely untrue. There is a single “Women and Children only” carriage on every Dubai Metro train. However, women and children don’t have to use it. They can travel anywhere on the train. But, men must STRICTLY not enter the Women and Children only carriage. So, if you’re a Western woman and would like a break from wandering male eyes, simply travel in the Women and Kids only carriage.

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