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Dubai Marina

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Dubai Marina is an artificial canal city, carved along a two mile (3 km) stretch of Arabian Gulf shoreline. In order to create the man-made marina, the developers brought the waters of the Arabian Gulf into the site of Dubai marina, creating a new waterfront. Another key factor in the design of Dubai Marina is a large central waterway, excavated from the desert and running the length of the 3 km site. More than 12% of the total land area on the site has been given over to this central public space. Although most of this area is occupied by the marina water surface, it also includes almost 8 km of landscaped public walkways.

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Dubai Festival Centre fireworks- photos

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So here I write from 2012…..

Let me tell you shortly what we did in the last hours of 2011. Unlike most of Dubai inhabitants,and after thinking carefully at our options we decided to spend the last moments of the year at Dubai Festival Centre, instead of Burj Khalifah or Sheikh Zayed Road ( to see Burj Khalifah fireworks but avoid the infernal crowd).

At Festival Centre the show started at 9 pm with live music and continued until a little after 12 am. The sky was on fire from the firework show for 10 great minutes for the delight of the crowd gathered there and moreover as a “bonus” we could also enjoy seeing the show of Burj Khalifah.

After the fireworks and musical show was over many headed home; some to continue the party, while others to  probably sleep, but very few remained to enjoy a coffee or some tea at the cafes near by and talk about their plans for the new year.

This being said I will leave you with some photos of the firework show.

Burj Khalifah on “fire”

Hope you liked it.

Until next time take care!

Dubai Creek Park

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   In winter parks in UAE are highly appreciated and seen as an excellent way to relax in weekends since everyone is looking to get out and spend a day outdoors enjoying the fresh air,the reviving smell of grass, a barbecue and spending valuable time with their family members after a stressful week at work.

   Although Dubai has numerous parks a huge number of people prefer to spend their day outdoor at Dubai Creek Park, due to the fact that it is creating a splendid harmony between the blue water of the creek,the blue sky of Dubai and the green nature across it.Golf course,picnic areas, barbecue pits and games for kids along with other facilities for both adults and children are available here.

  But what we love the most at this park is the fact that we can spend such a lovely day outside,interacting with others while a great meal is prepared….and the sunset over the creek, oh! the sunset offers such great relaxing view and opportunity for photography lovers.

    If I made you curious enough and you want to visit it you need to know that is open  from 8 am to 11 pm from Sunday to Wednesday and until 11.30 pm in weekends (Thursday-Saturday); also the entry ticket costs 5 dirham/person.


Dubai dancing fountain

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   From all seven emirates that form United Arab Emirates, Dubai is in my opinion the only one that offers its inhabitants endless number of choices when you talk about relaxing  or places where to spend and enjoy your free time.

  But from all Dubai’s attractions, the most breathtaking of all, that attracts thousands of people to see it, is Dubai’s dancing fountain that is located in front of three  most exquisite locations in the world: Burj Khalifah, Souq al Bahar and Dubai Mall.

  The Dubai Fountain comes alive each evening, offering a sound and light show accompanying an elaborate watery performance. You will be given the chance to enjoy the most unique experience as you watch the Dubai fountain dance to stirring musical pieces from powerful Italian classics and renowned Arabic compositions to Bollywood favourites and beautiful African rhythms.

    It’s absolutely free to watch, and most visitors do so by the sides of the lake, with the Burj Khalifa looming impressively in the background.

Traficul rutier din Emirate

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  Din toate timpurile oamenii au prezentat fobii pentru anumite lucruri, fie ca este vorba de temerile clasice precum claustrofobia (frica de spatii inchise), arahnofobia ( teama de paianjeni) sau de frici bizare care pot consuma toata energia umana, ducand individul in pragul disperarii precum neofobia (frica de noutate).

   Si cum din nou nu puteam fi eu cea care face exceptie de la regula generala, in ultimul an am dezvoltat o fobie cat se poate de ciudata si care ma tine cu sufletul la gura de cate ori ies din casa….si anume frica de traficul rutier. Avand in vedere ca in ultimele luni ale anului trecut am avut parte de  3 accidente rutiere, primele din toata viata mea si sper ca si ultimele am inceput sa dardai numai la ideea ca trebuie sa iesim cu masina din parcare.

  Din pacate pentru mine cum deplasarea fara masina in Dubai imi este aproape imposibila  si sunt absolut dependenta de sot sau de taxi, inainte sa ies pe usa casei incep sa-mi spun rugaciunile in speranta ca nu voi avea parte de vreun incident neplacut. Regulile de circulatie fiind aproape inexistente si circulandu-se la fel ca pe o strada din India sau Egipt este o adevarata aventura sa fii sofer in Emirate. Indienii in general sunt cei care fac traficul insuportabil, oamenii astia n-au auzit si ei de semnalizare cand depasesc, de viteza minima/maxima,nu tu reguli, nu tu atentie sau respect in trafic conduc masinile precum conduc elefantii. Dar cosmarul meu cel mai mare il reprezinta soferii de taxi, care exact sunt in majoritate tot indieni si pe care ii doare practic la palarie ca ar putea provoca vreun accident sau ca incurca teribil circulatia, uneori provocand adevarte ambuteiaje pentru ca raman sa se holbeze la vreun amic de aceasi etnie care a avut si cea mai mica defectiune a masinii.

  Ma dispera numai gandul de circulatie bara la bara sau ca din senin de pe o strada libera ar putea sa iti apara de nicaieri un nebun gonind cu o viteza naucitoare precum si ideea ca vreun maniac decide sa treaca pe banda ta fara a semnaliza in timp ce tu ai cel putin 80 km/h.

  Si eu care ziceam ca traficul din Romania este disperant…ei bine am ajuns sa visez la strazile noastre pline de gropi dar cu muuulte reguli de circulatie.

Lost in the desert !

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“O.o am I lost again? Was this street here before?” Well, those are few of my common expressions and questions when I am driving 🙂 .

Whenever we wanna go out to any place – either inside or outside Dubai, my wife immediately tells me ” Aha, it is time to get lost!” Actually, most of the times we end up in a totally different place leading us to discover new routs and places – even sightseeing :). So as a precaution, I always make sure to have a full-fuel tank whenever I intend to leave out and carry a map with me.

Examples of getting lost:

– Once we were going to “Alfujeira” – a city located almost 200 km away from Dubai – but we ended up at 30 km away from another city “Ras Alkhaima” .

– Another time I kept searching almost one week for the exit towards an area called “International city” and finally when I got there I found out – by mistake – it was only 2 km away from me!!! (like doh!)

– I remember this incident very well, after I finished a visit to a friend in the capital “Abu Dhabi” – almost 200 km away from Dubai – I ended up “really” lost in the desert area around 12:00 A.M in the middle of the night alone in a foggy weather and a mobile run out of charging. That night I was really scared!

Nowadays, even though I still get lost – but not as before I think 🙂 –  I find my way easily since the human GPS is sitting next to me – my wife 😀 – and after that I say: ” Hmm, I think I know this area …. but where from …..? ” I bet you all know the answer now. Exactly, ” I must have been lost here before!”

Dubaiul orasul cumparaturilor

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Acest oras care s-a dezvoltat uimitor in ultimii 20 de ani,lasand impresia ca s-a ridicat parca din dunele desertului este plin de oportunitati si negoturi uimitoare.

Dubaiul este orasul visurilor pentru pasionatii de shopping , avand in  vedere ca pe tot parcursul anului poti gasi reduceri in anumite magazine si exista chiar sezoane speciale dedicate reducerilor,in toate mall-urile si marile magazine,iar daca nu-s reduceri atunci exista si posibilitatea negocierii pretului ,iar daca stii cum sa o faci poti aduce pretul si la jumatate sau chiar sfert din cel original,depinde si cat cumperi si mai ales cat de insistent esti in negociere.

Spre deosebire de alte locuri in Dubai poti gasi de la brand-uri la facaturi , de la produse de calitate la chinezarii , de la haine si accesorii traditionale la cele care mai de care mai extravagante.Din uimitorul souq de aur poti achizitiona o valoroasa amintire ,al carei pret poate fi negociat in functie de gramaj .

Vechiul si batranul Souq Naif este intesat de bunuri felurite de la haine , la accesorii , parfumuri , pantofi si genti , piese auto , mancaruri , condimente , mobila ,covoare si perdele tot ce vrei si ce nu ai nevoie poti gasi acolo pentru preturi incomparabil mai mici fata de cele din marile centre comerciale,iar calitativ,daca stii ce sa cumperi te poti alege cu obiecte bune la preturi modice.

Ca sa rezum toata povestea este orasul perfect pentru cumparaturi de orice fel.