S: United Arab Emirates - 2010
FC: United Arab Emirates 2010
1: This fishing vessel is docked. The workers are doing laundry along with socializing before they get their next assignment
2: Bedouin is an Arabic term meaning semi-arid desert Bedouin when referring to people means those who live in the desert
3: The Emirates Palace has allowed these Bedouins with their camels to stay on the premise and give free camel rides to the tourists
4: The Emirates Hotel is magnificent and worth a lot of money but nothing is more PRICELESS than enjoying an iced coffee and my soy latte with my sister
5: The UAE Dirham (Dhs or AED) is the official name of the currency Each Dirham consists of 100 Fils. Dirhams are in denominations of 5 (brown), 10 (green), 20 (turquoise), 50 (dark blue), 100 (red), 200 (green/blue), 500 (purple), 1000 (light brown) (rarely seen as are not dispensed from cash machines) To exchange US money is @ a rate of 3.6724 Dirham to 1 US dollar Credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, AMEX) is accepted in the majority of the stores but not on the street) Coins are broken down to 5, 10 (coppers), 25, 50, Fils and 1 Dirham
6: Sheikh Khalifa Medical City Hospital managed by Cleveland Clinic is where my sister works
7: Cameras must be ready by 5:15 pm to capture the beautiful sunset because by 6 pm it is gone
8: Burj Khalifar stands 828 meters tall making it the world's tallest building. The enclosed elevator will travel at 10 meters/sec (1 1/4 min) as you arrive at the observation deck 124 stories up.
9: Everywhere you look, you will see a different size and shape of building which adds to the skyline in Dubai
10: The hotel resembles a dhow (Arabian vessel) with a billowed sail | The only 7 star hotel in the world | There is a heli-pad so the dignities and celebrities can land directly at the hotel | At night, the changing colors of the hotel is magnificent | The Burj Al Arab means Arabian Tower. It is built in the Arabian Gulf and stands 321 meters tall
11: Grand Entrance | Foyer | 1 of many restaurants | Spa and Pool | Sitting Room | Bedroom | Bathroom | Living Room | Burj Al Arab is a very luxurious hotel that charges a fee to enter (200 Dirham - $70) but there are restricted areas you can not visit
12: Jumeirah Beach District is situated along the coastline of the Arabian Gulf. Within this district is the Burj Al Arab It has a curving bridge which connects it to Jumeirah Beach. The Jumeriah Beach Hotel can also be found here It has 26 stories (93 meters tall and 275 meters long) and was built in the shape of a breaking wave This area is also home to the Grand Jumeirah Mosque. Considered to be one of the largest and most beautiful, it is the most photographed attraction in Dubai
13: The Palm is a man-made island in the shape of a palm frond framed by a reef The Palm Trunk joins mainland Dubai It has the Shoreline Apartments The Palm Fronds have 2 types of villas. Most expensive villas depend on the higher frond letter and villa number The Palm Crescent have the Kempinski Palm Jumeirah Residents, Emerald Palace Residents and the Atlantis Hotel | Shoreline Apts | Garden Homes Villa | Kempinski Palm Jumeirah | Atlantis Hotel
14: The Atlantis Hotel is located on the crescent of the Palm. 2 ways to get to the hotel are by a six-lane sub-sea tunnel that connects the main trunk to the crescent of the Palm or by monorail. This resort features Aqua-venture, The Lost Chambers, Dolphin Bay, Ambassador Lagoon, windsurfing and kayaking on its private beach during the day. At night you can dine on world class cuisine and dance the night away in the Sanctuary nightclub.
15: Leaving the Palm, heading back into Dubai, the skyscrapers can be seen everywhere. As construction is booming and there is no shortage of land, more skyscrapers will soon be built
16: Dhow Cruise Tour is a way of viewing Dubai, cruising along the Dubai Creek. The major Dubai landmarks are a mix and match of traditional and modern way of life
17: The Heritage Village has mud houses, stone buildings, a diving village, authentic Arabic food and the Al Fahidi Fort which houses the famous Dubai Museum. The fort was originally built for sea defense | Souk means open-air market in an Arabic city. The Old Souk is made up of tiny shops lining the street. There will be hustle-bustle of customers haggling with their sellers. The Old Souk and Al Fahidi Street is where you can purchase textiles and electronics at a low price | Bur Dubai is a historic district on the western side of Dubai Creek. The district is home to several mosques, historic buildings, museums and the textile souk near the abra boat station | An abra is a traditional wooden boat used to transport people between the 2 sides of the creek. The fee is 1 dirham
18: After we got off the cruise, we headed to the Spice Souk on the Deira side. Narrow lanes of the Spice Souk are scented with cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, incense, dried fruit and nuts
19: The Gold Souk has lots of hustle and bustle of customers trying to haggle for the best deal. The Gold Souk boasts the largest retail gold markets in the world. There are many clothing shops for men and women.
20: Hijab- Arab word means curtain or cover. Scarves are found in a variety of colors (most common is black) They are comfortable, soft, breathable, and can be worn in many styles | Muslim Women's Clothing | Abaya means cloak. It is a simple loose robe-like dress that is worn over clothes. It is made of lightweight fabrics which are suitable for all weather use. The abaya covers the whole body except the face, feet and hands. The aim of the abaya is to protect the modesty of the wearer
21: Muslim Men's Clothing | Sifrah (gotra) is a straight-cut cloth that is placed evenly over the head and shoulders | Agaal is an adjustable black headband that is put on the forehead to keep the Sifrah in place | Dishadasha (kandura) is a single-piece full-body outer garment that looks like a long shirt or gown. It is almost exclusively white | Kafiah is a skullcap that forms a cushion for the headgear
22: The duck on the left side was not moving and it looked like it was dead | Al Hadeera The house is built from the branches of desert trees. Each group of houses would use this area as a guests' sitting place where beans and Arabic coffee is served to show the Arabic hospitality | Bait Al sha'ar The house is made of a combination of goat and sheep hair. It is used for the cold days of winter
23: Bait Al ewany | The house is made of sackcloth and used in the winter. In the upper part of this house the branches of al-sabt and althman are added. The house is surrounded by the branches of Al-markh to keep a moderate temperature inside. | Bait al- yanooby | This house is made of goat and sheep hair to achieve strength and solidity. It's used in the winter. It's marked by using sackcloth on the southern side of the tent. | Bait Al hassa The Mountain's People House | This house is built of pebbles in the eastern mountain area. The ceiling is made of palm tree fronds and is made thicker by adding more fronds and clay in order to be protected from the rain and to keep the house cool in the summer
24: Bait Al Wahat The Oasis House | Bait Al sahel The Coast People's House | This house is made of the palm tree fronds in the oasis area "Al Ain". It is inhabited by the farmer families | This house is built from the palm tree fronds in the coastal area and it is called Hootha. The parts of the house have different names such as Al Khalmah which is distinguished by big size. Al maskaby which is distinguished by small size | Medical Herbs | Emirates Dates | Ships in UAE | Fish from UAE Waters
25: The Heritage Village gives visitors an idea of what Abu Dhabi was like before the high-rise hotels and the mega-malls. The workshop area has stalls for everything from silk, pottery, glass, swords and daggers, brass, leather and carpentry
26: The mini museum positioned on site is ideal to discover many of the pieces of articles and equipment that were used by the ancestors. There are such things as jewelery, dishes, woven mats, coffeepots and weapons. This museum adds a unique quality to the Heritage Village in Abu Dhabi
27: Qasr al-Hosn means palace/fort. It is the oldest building in Abu Dhabi. The palace was a watchtower built in 1973. It was the main defense for the town. Renovations took place between 1976-1983 and that is when it was painted white. In 1990, the Palace became an administration center which now houses the Cultural Foundation which runs the Documentation & Research Center and often has exhibitions & displays. In 2007, the UAE flag was hoisted on top of the world's largest flagpole at the breakwater in Abu Dhabi | Marina Mall
28: The Skyscrapers on the Corniche in Abu Dhabi
29: The Club's traditional wooden dhow, LuLuwa,can be enjoyed by members and guests. The 2 hr sunset cruise departs every Fri & Sat @ 4:30 pm. The ticket price includes canapes and drinks on board
30: Sheikh Zayed Mosque was named after the 1st President and Founder of UAE. Construction started in 1980 and the inaugural cornerstone was laid in the late 1990s. It is the largest mosque in UAE. Its size is equivalent to 5 football fields. It is large enough to accommodate 40,000 worshippers. There are 7 chandeliers. 96 columns in the main prayer hall are clad with marble and inlaid with mother of pearl. 99 names (qualities/attributes) of Allah (God) are featured on the Qibla and written in traditional Kufi calligraphy.
31: Jeanette and her cat (Miss Pea) | Jeanette was cat sitting (Moushla) for her friend Roberta | Andi Dabell taking a break from sight seeing | Jeanette and Roberta