2016 is coming to an end, and to round off the year, I wanted to share my very first blog post with you. Though it seems like it has been lost in cyberspace, so instead I dug out this post from my old blog: My very first blog post about Dubai! I had joined Poul for his job interview, and while he was sweating, doing group work exercises and aptitude tests, I was out exploring the city. This was back in December 2011, and at the time I wrote the post, we didn’t know if Poul would get the job. He did, and now we’ve been in Dubai for 5 years. 5 years! It feels like we arrived yesterday!
I arrived in Dubai at 6.30am, but I couldn’t check in at the hotel until noon, so I sat down at a café in the airport, ordered some fresh fruit and made a plan for the day. First stop was Dubai Marina. I took a walk in the morning sun and had a look at all the nice boats. I also visited the fancy Dubai Marina Mall and when my feet started aching, I went for a pit stop at Starbucks. I’m not really into coffee, but I love Starbucks’ Toffee Nut Frappuccino. Maybe because it does not really taste like coffee?
The distances in Dubai should not be underestimated, and I soon discovered that just walking from one part of the city to another, is quite a challenge. Suddenly, I was in the middle of a big road with heavy traffic and without a pavement. Luckily, there were plenty of taxis, so I decided to continue my adventure by car. The driver thought I was from China (as most people down here apparently tend to believe) and wondered how I had managed to walk such a long way (not from China, but from Dubai Mall).
Before I went back to the hotel I made a short stop at Mercato Shopping Mall in Jumeira. Compared to Dubai Marina, Jumeira seemed more local, but just as posh. In Mercato mall, most of the men was dressed in traditional clothing, the dishdash, and the women wore black abayas.
Dubai seems like an interesting place, but I’m not sure I would be able to live here. Tomorrow, I’ll be doing some sightseeing with Poul, and I’m looking forward to tell you more about the city.