United Arab Emirates Photos


January 18 - 24, 2013


Capital - Abu Dhabi population 2013 - 921,000

Dubai population 2013 - 2,106,177 

53% Indian, 17% Emirati, 13% Pakistani, 7.5% Bangladeshi, 2.5% Filipino, 1.5% Sri Lankan, .3% American


Just off the 16 1/2 hour plane ride


I started taking pictures in the airport terminal


This is standing right under the elevators in the hotel. Beautiful!


I fell in love just from the decor in the hotel lobby


One awesome building after another


Burj Khalifa - Tallest Building in the world at 2,722 ft or 829.8 meters


From the start of this city tour I could tell Dubai was an architectural heaven!


Outside the Dubai Mall where they have a beautiful water fountain show at night


I always love billboards




Hymenocallis Flower -  means “beautiful membrane” in Greek

The design of the triple-lobed footprint of the Burj Khalifa was 

inspired by this flower according to the design architect, Adrian Smith




I loved this backdrop comparing buildings around the world



The falcon is the national bird of United Arab Emirates (UAE) and is a 

symbol of force and courage, recognizing the importance of falconry in Arab tradition and culture.



The Burj Khalifa was Started in 2004 completed in 2008

It has 164 floors

This is on floor 124 about floor (about 1,444 ft or 440 m high)

 There is a great indoor/outdoor observation deck.


We just had a great time dancing At The Top!


A Toy Shop


The Dubai Creek

A masterpiece in the sky of unique skyscrapers and architectural design


The Wafi Mall pyramid

The Dubai Museum is located inside the Al Fahidi Fort built in 1787 and is the oldest

existing building in Dubai. The goal is to represent traditional lifestyles in the Emirates.


Artifacts from Africa and Asia are well represented as trade from those continents

was so popular. Artifacts date back to 3000 B.C.


Depictions of ancient local life are displayed throughout the museum. 

Here two visitors wanted to feel a part of the display. (two real & two statues)


Here, I wanted to be part of the display. Two more statues



Shopping for Fabric


I found the models surprising


Great local color in the souks


Local Ambulance


An abra is a traditional boat made of wood; it is used to transport people across the Dubai Creek. 

They travel between the water station at Shindagha/Al Ghubaiba on the Bur Dubai 

side and the water station at Al Sabkha on the Deira side.

 Larger old-fashioned boats called dhows cross the water as well 

from Bur Dubai on the left bank to Deira on the right



I loved the plane above the mosque spire


Bastakia Quarter - The old quarter and historic center of Dubai

This is the home of wealthy merchants that came from Persia in the 1800's

The famous Dubai Spice Souk



Taking a tea break at work



Here the famous gold souks shine in Dubai's commercial business district in Deira near Dhagaya.

You will find traditional Indian and Arabic designs as well as modern Italian and European.


10 tons of gold are present in the windows at any given time. 



The gold market is in the heart of old town or Medina of Dubai. 

The Fish and Vegetable markets are just next door 


So lucky the Global Village was happening in Dubailand. Started in 1996 as a small world marketplace initially along the Dubai Creek and developed into the largest world marketplace along Emirates Road with 6 million visitors annually.  39 nationalities are represented within beautiful, unique facades.


There was a variety of local attire with a mix of traditional and modern.


The ladies carry the most beautiful bags


Fascinating products, local handicrafts and foods were to be found in every building.



Strolling from country to country was amazing. The building facades were fabulous and

people from everywhere were so welcoming and friendly!


Burka Shopping


Local souvenir gift shop


Wonderful fabrics and linens are available everywhere



Here I was strolling in the Yemeni Market. It was one of my favorites. This young man made my

trip so memorable. He was very kind. He chose the burka for me. It was such a beautiful fabric. 

It felt very cool and elegant. It was really great to have tried it on.


The spice towers are amazing and they scoop them up. 

The men throughout the Yemen stalls all carried these traditional knives.


These lamps were so beautiful. They had individual hanging lamps and desktop lamps.

I wanted a few my whole trip. I was just worried about the electrical plugs on a permanent basis.

I'm on a quest to find similar with U.S. plugs.


All of the stall owners wanted me to come over and take photos with them. I had a blast.


It was difficult, even covered, to try and fit in as a local.


Yemen is know for its highly revered Sidr honey and they were so proud to display it. 



Every part of the highly resilient, ancient Sidr Tree, also known as the 

Lote, Christ's Thorn, or Jujube, or Nabkh Tree, has great medicinal value.


 Traditionally made of Rhinocerous horns, Janbiya's, Arabic for daggers are typically worn on a belt.


Ataif (Middle East Pancakes) are a sweet batter and dipped in honey. 

Endless stalls of fun, modern, traditional and antique jewelry. 


Eastern Europe market at the Global Village.

Turkish carpets are sold as mousepads, coasters, bookmarks and more. try mouse rug . com


Tunisia Wine Shop



Tunisia Porcelain


Qatar Market at the Global Village. The Burqa has a variety of pieces. The face-veil is usually rectangular

and the niqab can be a side-attached cloth that covers the face below the eyes. All Fashionable

This was at the Global Village. I love the mix of culture displayed




The Camel Milk stall appealed to my friend Lee. She was more than happy to give it a try.

They had milk samples, ice cream samples and other tasty treats.




















Mall of the Emirates Shopping Center opened in 2005.  It is a huge 2,400,000 sq ft   


The outside of the Mall of the Emirates shows the top of the Ski lift


Mall of the Emirates is part of the Burj Khalifa complex and houses beautiful photo ops


Inside are 466 retail stores, kids entertainment complex, 14 theatres with full reclining chairs


Mall of the Emirates also houses the world renowned ski-Dubai. 


Ski Dubai is the first indoor ski slope in the Middle East


Ski Dubai has 5 runs varying in degree of difficulty. The longest run is 400 meters or 1300 ft.

A 2 hour pass is $55 & a full day pass is $83. 


You can also snowboard, toboggan or just play in the snow.  

Or, you can enjoy the view and stay safe and warm inside.


This was a great wall mural



Wi-Fi hotspots can be found all around the malls


Taking a break to make some new friends. They welcomed me right in.


Carrefour - My favorite Global Supermarket I love shopping in them

Here is the spice, seasonings, and nut section and the famous Date section. You must try Dubai Dates!


Fresh Chicken Carcass                                                    Fresh Chicken Hearts

Lamb Kofta Fingers                                               Holland Frozen Veal Feat


Shrimp Fest    Lamb Cuts and beautiful Chops


Fresh Fruits and Vegetables from all over the world


Ketchup Bugles and Pringles? Really? I'm sure only a matter of time before we have them too.


Love familiar products with local writing





Lee shot these great fruits


Love the bakery boxes with hearts. Getting ready for Valentine's Day.




The evening desert safari is a must do! Drive away from the city and go dune diving.


Someone took this great shot of my friend Lee holding the Emirates National Bird, the Falcon. 


Watch the colors of the sand turn orange and red as the sun settles into the horizon.


The sand is so soft it is easy to sink right in


 See 4 x 4's dip in and out of view as they glide across the sand. Inside is a different story. 

You yelp, you laugh, take lots of deep breaths and cry out as you almost tip over. Hysterical!


Once you stop, you can relax and experience a gorgeous sunset in the desert of the Middle East.


It is a romantic ocean of sand


Camel Rides, Sand Boarding in the background and more!


The desert festival includes Henna Tattoos, Shisha's...


This was my first. I didn't know henna lasted so long. 


You can take home sand in a bottle with desert designs and get tasty snacks!

This is a middle Eastern BBQ with a hearty buffet. During dinner the real fun begins


The belly dancer was fabulous but she had on the highest heels. I have never seen that before.

Many people believe belly dancing evolved from a religious dance. 

Some say it descended from early Egyptian dances. 


Some say it may have migrated in by Gypsies from India and some say it began as a traditional birthing

practice to help ease the pains of childbirth. She was very limber and flexible! Boy could she move. 

It is definitely a fabulous way to exercise. 

Chilling out in the middle of the mall


The Address Hotel in Downtown Dubai by the Dubai Waterfront Promenade


The Armani Hotel occupies the lower 37 floors.
Floors 45 through 108 have 700 private apartments

Corporate offices and suites will fill the remaining floors 


The Dubai Mall Waterfront Promenade

The fountain in the background sports a record setting choreographed show with lights & video,

spraying 22,000 gallons of water and finishing with a fire show on the water.


Illuminated by 6,600 lights and 25 colored projectors, 902 ft (275m) long and shoots water

500 feet into the air accompanied by a range of classical to contemporary Arabic and world music

1.5 millions lumens of projected light

Great photos present themselves everywhere...


giving opportunities to meet fascinating people!


From one mall to another. The Dubai Mall features an indoor ice skating rink. 

5th largest Mall in the world at 12 mil sq ft (more than 50 soccer fields)


Watching friends out on the ice



The Dubai and Underwater Zoo are the largest of its kind... of course.

It houses more than 33,000 living animals, representing more than 85 species including over 400 sharks and rays combined. It has a 270 degree walk thru tunnel with the largest viewing panel 27 ft x 107 ft (32.8m x 8.3m) and it is the worlds largest tank as of 2/25/13. 167 ft x 65 ft x 36 ft (51m x 20m x 11m)


Fiberglass statues simulate diving spanning all 4 levels of the mall. 

It is really fantastic to see and photograph.

The divers simulate the rhythmic flow of the water and is a central meeting spot in the Dubai Mall.

Palm trees surrounding the waterfall simulate an desert oasis.


Coffee shops at the base of the falls make perfect meeting spot.



Me & Mr. Reese's


Candylicious - The worlds largest candy store located in the Dubai Mall


The beautiful spot was at the end of a search for a store I had seen earlier in the day.

What an impossible feat. When you see it, go in it!


So, this would be the last of this mall until my next visit to Dubai! On to the next one.

Seriously, there is no shortage of shopping malls in Dubai. They are everywhere you turn!


This was on the walk back to our hotel at the end of a very, very long day!

Now, that's a car! (and my favorite color car)


This started my trip from Dubai to Abu Dhabi. 2 1/2 hours of great roads and mosques.


Beautiful Houses of God all along the way


Remote deserts maybe but not without beauty and art


Full villages and communities are built along the river

This will be a planned museum that is part of a 30 year contract between UAE and the French Gov't. 

The museum will sit on a 260,000 ft Saadiyat Island complex. It will house art from all over the world.



Christo will create the world's largest and most expensive sculpture in the desert of Abu Dhabi placed near the Oman border. They anticipate over 2 million visitors annually and the idea is to have the world visit 

United Arab Emirates. I must go back and visit! It is fascinating and the museum here is beautifully done. 


Designed by Foster and Partners, The Saadiyat Pavilion was on display at the Shanghai expo for 6 months.

It was taken piece by piece. The new landmark exhibition and events venue, hosts some of the country’s 

most important cultural functions. The pavilion’s strikingly original design comprises two dune-shaped peaks.

The highest peak is 65 ft or 20 m. The sustainable design ensures a large reduction in external heat gain.


Housed in Manarat al Saadiyat (The Place of Enlightenment) 

Tadashi Kawamata built this 20ft sculpture in 5 days. Unlike its French predecessor it features 

wood, metal and colorful chairs. Visitors are encouraged to sit inside to ponder. 

It comes from the collection of Her Highness Sheikha Salama Bint Al Nahyan


Projected Saadiyat Island      www.saadiyat.ae

This is not my photo but it just shows how magnificent this project will be. Everyone will need to go!

Abu Dhabi's Saadiyat Island's Cultural District will house the largest single cluster of world-class cultural assets.

On completion, Saadiyat Island will be an international tourism destination which will be home to 145,000 residents.

This is an absolute must see! To see it now in the still planning stages was fascinating.

I can not wait to come back to see its completion.





Guggenheim Abu Dhabi by Architect Frank Gehry. Completion is estimated for 2017.

"The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi will move beyond a definition of global art premised on geography 

by focusing on the interconnected dynamics of local, regional, and international art centres 

as well as their diverse historical contexts and sources of creative inspiration"


The Zayed National Museum will be housed in the center of the island complex.

The museum will tell the story of the region’s history and the unification of the United Arab Emirates 

through the life and person of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, father of the nation.


The architecture is inspired by the dynamic of flight and 

the feathers of a Falcon. The tallest steel feather will be 410 ft or 125 m.




The Performing Arts Centre will be a vibrant home for all forms of artistic performance, set within the futuristic contours of Zaha Hadid’s organic design. The multifunctional space will house concert halls, theatre and experimental performance spaces with a combined seating capacity of 6,300. Visitors at the summit will face the beauty of the Persian Gulf


"The Louvre Abu Dhabi will be the first universal museum in the Arab world."  the Louvre Abu Dhabi 

will display art, manuscripts and objects of historical, cultural and sociological significance. Items will originate

all over the world. Common influences and Universal themes will be highlighted to illustrate similarities 

arising from shared human experience transcending geography, nationality and history."


This was near Family Beach Mayden. I would love to find out the name or significance. 




Emirates Palace Hotel - 114 domes, with the Central Dome at a height of 72.6 metres above ground.

Marble imported from 13 countries around the globe. 1200 employees from 58 different countries.

Abu Dhabi Emirates Palace Hotel the 2nd most expensive hotel ever built just after the 

Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Underground parking allows housing for 2,500 vehicle.

There are 302 rooms (start at $400). Many of the 92 suites are furnished in gold and marble. The

dome has 48 three-bedroom Palace suites and the Grand Palace Suite, 7300 sq ft runs $11,500 per night. 





The Al Husn Fort, the oldest building in Abu Dhabi city, houses the museum and the 

Heritage Village which simulates the traditional Bedouin way of life.


Making a traditional snack


Traditional homes and products for sale




I just loved this shot of the gentlemen at their mode of transportation and 

skyscrapers in the background.


On the waterfront at the fort and cultural village.



A working well

A shopkeeper in thought


Enjoying the beautiful day and taking a break

A siesta at work


What a beautiful face!






United Arab Emirates National Bird - The Falcon

Next time I'm in Abu Dhabi I would like to visit the Falcon Hospital


Marina Mall - 100 m high viewing platform, ice rink, bowling alley, musical fountain and more!



Marina Mall had my favorite mall food named by on of my favorite icons. 


Everything can be found in Dubai and in Abu Dhabi

Capital Gate Tower is iconic and soars 525 ft (160 m) and holds the Guinness Record for ‘World’s Furthest

Leaning Manmade Tower at 18 degrees. Leaning Tower of Pisa - was 5.5 degrees now 3.99 degrees

This angle really shows the curve.


Driving near the gorgeous Corniche Road in Abu Dhabi


 The homes here near the government buildings are outstanding!!!


They require and offer a cloak at no cost if your attire is not considered respectful


Grand Zayed Moque

Largest mosque in UAE and 8th largest in the world (5 football fields)


The mosque can accommodate up to 40,000 worshippers at one time


The dome and floor plan of the mosque are inspired by Mughal and Moorish architecture 

ie. Badshabi Mosue in Lahore, Pakistan and the Hassan II Mosque in Caasablanca, Morocco.



"The pools along the arcades reflect the mosque's spectacular columns". The lights reflected on the 

walls change from blue gray clouds and get brighter and darker depending on the phase of the moon.


The main prayer hall can host 7,000 worshippers and is the largest in the complex. The four minarets on 

the four corners are 351 ft tall and is the largest marble mosaic in the world at 180,000 sq. ft

The carpet in the main prayer hall is the largest carpet single carpet in the world 60,570 sq ft, 

and was made by approx 1,250 carpet knotters. It weighs 35 ton and made from New Zealand and Iranian wool. There are 2,268,000,000 knots within the carpet and it took around two years to complete



There are seven imported German chandeliers with millions of Swarovski crystals. 

It is the largest second largest known chandelier inside a mosque and the 

third largest in the world at 33 ft in diameter and 49 ft high.






Three calligraphy styles are used throughout the mosque. Naskhi, Thuluth and Kufic.


What an amazing complex, history and reason to visit the United Arab Emirates.


Yas Viceroy Hotel Abu Dhabi is built in the Yas Marina. It is the first hotel to be built over an F1 race Circuit

The dynamic grid of glass and steel architecture can be seen for miles away.


There are two 12 story towers one in the race circuit and one in the marina. They are linked by a 

monocoque steel and glass bridge and grid shell structure that cross above and over the race track.


Ferrari World on the shores of Yas Island


Not my photo. taken from Pinterest - Best in Travel Magazineto show the amazing complex from the air.


The inside of ferrari world. It is amazing!


World Champion Mubadala Ferrari! Oh Yeah!


Formula Rossa - the Fastest Roller Coaster in the World!  149 mph or 240 km and 4.8 Gs

170 ft high (52 m)  Sharpest turn is 70 degrees. Track - 1.25 mile (2.07 km)


Starbucks at Ferrari World


HQ Building - The World's first (of course) circular skyscraper made by a diagonal grid of steel.


Beautiful Mosques along the way


The henna from the Desert Safari BBQ



Back to Dubai from Abu Dhabi. Next stop would be the Souks for some shopping.


I really loved meeting this sweet guy. I wish I had his name. I purchased many beautiful scarfs 

and pashmina shawls from him. I gave him the USA bandana and bracelet.


He wore them proudly.



These were my buddies in the market.


I had know idea that we would be dancing soon


Lee took this great shot of all the guys



I tried it on for fun but didn't really want it. They kept going down and down in price. 

I'm like it is not the price. Lower they went. Ok, ok, I'll take it. We all had a good laugh.


One song started it. I moved a little and they chimed in. That was all it took.

So, my dancing instinct kicked in. I'm glad I'm not shy. I'm glad Lee caught these moments for me.


Before I knew it the music was loud filling the street and people gathered to watch. I loved it!

We had so much fun here we never made it past this street. We closed it down at midnight.


I ended up buying this shirt too. They are so good at what they do.


Cute store front. Me N Mum

You have to love this!


Pretty cool store front near the souks

Our last day we decided to hop on and hop off at many of Dubai's highlights. It was a great way to go 

and the commentary was great. Standing at the back of the bus was the ultimate way to 

capture the skyline at sunset! Keep going...


This was a running joke as everything in Dubai and Abu Dhabi is the biggest, tallest, fastest, best, first, etc.


Construction is everywhere!


I liked this storefront


The tallest flag pole in the UAE in Dubai's Miracle Mile







Convenient to have a Neuro Spinal Hospital next to Chilis




Miraj Islamic Art Center 


Saga World - Dedicated to the promotion of fine arts and crafts. This mall is on Beach Road in Jumeirah



















The Madinat Jumeirah is an Arabian complex or resort omplete with creeks, souks, abras, 

wind tunnels, and cultural souk! Situated on the sea front with views of the Arabian Gulf.


Souk Madinat Jumeirah - colorful with stalls, antiques, souvenirs, cafes, starbucks, Cinnabon and more.

It is pricey but worth a visit!


Ice cream stand in Souk Madinat

Souvenir Gift shot


Jumeirah's Burj al Arab (Tower of the Arabs) opened 1999. The hotel has the highest five-star plus

rating but "sheer opulence, and outrageously attentive service, 

has garnered the hotel a seven-star reputation". 


With floor-to-ceiling windows guests spot fantastic high-rises & countless cranes.

Burj Al Arab from the waterfront with the Atlantis Hotel just on the other side of the street.




The Burj Al Arab hosts a fleet of 25 white Rolls Royce limousines parked in the courtyard 

to chauffeur guests where-ever they need to go at a moments notice! 





The approach


The Atlantis, This is the first resort to open on Dubai's Island the Palm.

This is an underwater themed resort based on the lost island of Atlantis. 

The aquarium features a whale shark and gigantic "hump head" fish.


The hotel features a massive adventure waterpark and enormous aquarium. 

Next time I will try their leap of faith waterslide. It drops along 200 ft and 90 ft down an 84° incline 

and through a tunnel beneath the aquarium's shark lagoon. Should have done that!






Stopping for a quick dinner break. So many things to still see on our last night!


The Burj Khalifa appears on the left


Palm trees enhance the skyline as around the cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi creating an oasis


View from Sheikh Zayed Road, the longest highway in UAE. Abu Dhabi to Ras Al Khaimah



The Burj Khalifa is a standout no matter where you are in the city


Inside of the Wafi Shopping mall simulating historic souks. What a great marketplace!


I love Egypt so for me this was a favorite of mine. The architecture was fabulous and I saw

replications of some of my favorite sites in Egypt including the famous temples of Abu Simbel.


Shopping centers are beautiful here with traditional carpets, copper, artwork and clothing



This though was perhaps the greatest light show I have ever seen (and I've seen a lot).


Images roamed, ate, crawled, herded, interacted, and excited the crowd.


I was very close to purchasing this for my wall. Next time for sure.


I would love this on my wall. I wish I could have afforded it. The colors are perfect!


The men were hanging around the streets and it was around midnight.


Lots of friendly shoppers at all hours of the night.


Aboard a Dhow on the Dubai creek, colors are reflected from mosques and souks along the waters edge.


Lee Loves India so this was the perfect photo stop!


This was a billboard we passed every day and I was determined to get a clear shot. 

Driving by in a cab our last night, I caught this shot!


Goodbye Dubai! Until we return...


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