My Dubai experience was as exhilarating as it was an eye-opener. It is a beautiful city. As much as it is a conservative city due to its rich religious and arabian cultural heritage, tourists and working foreigners were not made to feel uncomfortable. The locals are friendly, though the women who are religiously garbed do not mingle with tourists.
I noticed a lot of Indians live in Dubai, and from my tour guide, I learnt that they form the highest percentage of the population. They also contribute to the economy due to being employed on a large scale. Met quite a few on my sight-seeing which was beautiful by the way. I visited the Dubai Museum, the famous Aquarium at the Dubai Mall (could not really go in due to the fare, as I was on a tight budget😆), the Deira market (which reminds me of Yaba market for Naija), Burj Khalifa view, amongst other exciting scenery. The Dhow cruise (boat cruise/sight-seeing) which came with a buffet dinner was one of the tour packages I enjoyed. Met an American couple, who were friendly and warm, we swapped stories. They promised to visit Nigeria in the nearest future.
Mosques are beautifully sculpted and no unnecessary noise that disturbs the whole neighbourhood during call for prayers unlike what we have in Nigeria (‘na we pray pass’…both Christians and Muslims are guilty of this. .SMH).
Dubai city is clean, littering is a punishable offence (wish my Naija peeps can take a cue from this 😤). Good and accessible roads, neat beach, affordable transportation system (for both metro and taxi), edifices, and development are top-notch. Thought South Africa was my model for doing the right things, obeying traffic rules and the law, Dubai took it further (and for the fact that democracy isn’t practiced there, while we do…go figure!).
For a city that was built out of the desert, I am ashamed of our leaders who go to Dubai to spend tax-payers hard earned money for their leisure and pleasure and refuse to replicate or even do more of what they see over there. The tour guide took a jab at me as per being a Nigerian, that the reason why Dubai is that great and a global tourist attraction is due to great visionary leaders, no crime and no corruption, unlike some countries like Nigeria, while looking at me with a smile on his face….well, couldn’t argue with him there , he was spot on.
During the Desert Safari -which was an experience I would love you to have, exhilarating and crazy fun- I would advise one watches out for the Safari guides..One almost groped my butt and was trying to kiss me ohh, all in the name of picture taking, he made it look like an accident, and when I voiced out and gave him the eye..he was like sorry, but you are very beautiful😕😡. When women come out to shame men of despicable behaviour like what is happening in the US, women are termed attention seeking and that they asked for it. I did not ask for it neither did I encourage such behaviour. We were all having fun alongisde other tourists, obliging the guides for pictures isn’t bad, but they should please behave themselves. Will include his picture (the ‘groper’ is the one with the white head scarf with yours truly in the white dress) , so that anyone going for the Safari should be wary of him and others who exhibit such acts.
Be that as it may, I enjoyed my stay, short as it was, I had fun. I can’t really put in to words every experience, hope the sights I shared fill in the gap. I would gladly go again and this time, would like you and bro to be in tow..😄…. wishful thinking? I guess not😆😋.