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Confused in Dubai

A fishy start to a tall story

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Up early yet again, this time to visit the Deira fish market. I have never seen so many varieties of fish under the one roof, and that includes Melbourne aquarium. Sharks, rays, tuna, pufferfish, shellfish, crustaceans, swordfish and the list goes on. The fishmongers were really friendly, I think they are not used to a tourist visiting their market. They all wanted me to photograph their fish and one merchant even tried to give me a whole tuna to take away. Too bad I don't eat sushi! At the back of the fish market is a small meat butchery could be quite confronting.

From the fish market it was on to the gold souk. Wow, all the glitters is gold in Dubai. Lucky M was not here or I might have been a few $$$$ poorer. From here I went to catch the Metro to the Dubai mall. This is when it all started to go wrong. When my train arrived at the platform I went to enter the carriage only to be met with howls of protest as apparently it was a women's only section. I made my way to the correct area. However, the train pulled away from the station before I had a chance to grab some support and I was thrown backwards into the lap of a local women. Well, if she was in the women's only carriage she would have been safe from my falling big ass!

Dubai mall is HUGE!! It makes Highpoint look like Milleara mall. Problem was I ended up lost inside Dubai mall and could not work how to get out. Coming across a male toilet I went inside only to see lots of many sitting down like a change room washing their feet. I quickly realised this was a prayer room. I now realise the symbol of the male next to the Islamic crescent is the icon for male prayer room. After what seemed an eternity I finally found an exit from the mall. It was now late in the afternoon so I decided to walk to Business Bay to set up for some night pics. I had a map but was soon hopelessly lost. I asked many locals but each one pinter me in a different direction. I finally gave in and hailed a taxi but when I told him where I wanted to go, the driver was also confused and said it would be better if I walked!! Being stubborn I refused to give in and over an hour later I located my location. I think the pics were worth the effort. Now I thought the walk back would be easy as I had the world's tallest building as a visual landmark. But alas no, I was soon lost again and I'm not exactly sure how this possible, but I could not see the WORLD'S TALLEST BUILDING. Eventually I made it back to Dubai mall but the time I was trapped outside and could not work out how to get in! I walked and walked but could not find an entrance until I decided to try going through the underground car park. Success :) I made my way to the Dubai fountains show which was much more impressive than I was expecting. Until next time, in the words of that great rabbit 'That's all folks!'

Dubai at night

Dubai at night

Where's the chips

Where's the chips

Burj Khalifi

Burj Khalifi

Mosque

Mosque

Posted by adtamo 11:55 Archived in United Arab Emirates

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