Friday, November 04, 2005

Tourist in Dubai

Yesterday we started introducing the daddy-in-law to some of the sights and sounds of Dubai. First of all a nightmarish drive up Jumeirah Beach Road (why on earth has the Municipality decided to dig up the entire length of it all at once?) followed by a refreshment break at the Alamo.

Then into Satwa. BetterArf wanted to pick up some stuff from the legendary fabric shops, but they were all closed for Eid! So then we headed over to the Shindagah Tunnel so that we could have the Dubai Traffic Jam experience, and a drive down Baniyas Road looking at all the dhows and their exotic cargos of tyres, washing machines, televisions and old cars. Back over Maktoum Bridge (surprisingly, no jam) and stop at Al Seef Walkway for a stroll beside the Creek as the sun set. We had planned to eat at the Fatafeet restaurant there, but signs said it was closed until further notice. I don't know whether this was just an unfortunate way of saying they were closed for Eid, or whether it's some other reason.

Back to Satwa in the hope that some of the shops may have opened up (nope, it was still Eid), and then down Al Wasl Road nearly as far as Jumeirah Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Crossed over to the Beach Road again, and had to crawl a couple of kilometers in the wrong direction before we could do a u-turn. Another jam approaching the hotel.

Quick refreshment, up in the lift to view the spectacular atrium, and then home, exhausted.


Anonymous nzm said...

In an edition of Time Out Dubai, I saw an article that started by mentioning the "demise of Fatafeet", but I've yet to hear why it's closed.

The Fatafeet restaurant in the Siemens Building at the Dubai Internet City is also closed.

It'd be a shame to think that the creek one has gone forever - we loved taking our visitors there!


8:13 pm  
Anonymous nzm said...

btw - loved your Saudi saga - had to keep coming back to read the next installment!

8:16 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apparently the owner of Fatafeet had a disagreement with someone important.

11:19 am  

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