Dubai In The Hot Summer
I’d been passing Dubai International Airport couples of times, but I’d never challenged myself to look for its surrounding. Attempted by the modern look of the airport and the fact that it is one of the busiest airport in the world, I convinced myself to place Dubai on my bucket list. In addition, Dubai is also home for the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa, where many scenes of Hollywood movies took place. Therefore, in one summer, on my way back to Indonesia, I decided to take advantage of Emirate’s stopped over policy by spending four days in Dubai.
I came in the wrong time. Middle East countries are already well known for their desserts and high temperature. But summer, it was not only hot, it was super hot. Once I stepped my feet out of the airport to walk towards the parking lot where the shuttle van waited to take me to the hotel, I felt like walking closed to the fire. My face was suddenly getting warmer, then sweat started coming out of my body. It was late evening, and the wind blew slowly. Oh, let me tell you something, the wind did not give any cool, instead I thought that the wind came from the hell.
To be honest, I did not enjoy my stay in Dubai. It was too hot. I could not enjoy my coffee on the terrace, I could not swim during the day, since the hotel where I stayed in just has the outdoor pool. Walking was almost impossible. The only thing I wanted to do was to stay inside the building to enjoy the coolness given by the air conditioning. No wonder that I got good price for my hotel, since summer is not the best season to travel in Dubai. So, if you are curious what I did during my stay in Dubai, you are kindly to find them below.
Hop On Hop Off Bus
Dubai is equipped by modern transportation systems. It accommodates its people to travel with several options, such as: bus, metro, tram, taxi, ferry, etc. Apparently, I did not find difficult to use the public transport, if I already knew how to connect one to another. But, wandering around the city in the middle of peak summer of Dubai? Let me think again. Therefore, hop on hop off bus became my first option. As many found in big and tourism city, hop on hop off bus passes most of tourist attractions in Dubai. There are some options for using period, started from one to five days. The choice is yours. I chose two days pass, to discover Dubai and see the most tourism part of Dubai.
Visited Dubai Museum
Walking around and getting lost were definitely not my choice when I was in Dubai. Seriously, I could not stand to walk under 45 degree Celsius of heat. Being inside the room with comfy AC was the thing I wanted to do the most. Since I am a museum lover, visiting one is always lovely. Located in the Al Fahidi Fort built in 1787, the museum was opened in 1971 by the Ruler of Dubai. It aimed to present the traditional way of life of Emirati. Once I entered the entrance, various displays showed the general culture of land, including local artifacts coming from Asian and Africa that did trading with Dubai in the past. While out side of museum, some types of traditional houses were in display, include the well used for water source in certain period.
Stop at Jumeirah Beach
One of the advantages to travel with Hop On Hop Off Bus is it allows me to stop at every point it pass. One of stop points was Jumeirah Beach, where the Burj Al Arab stands not far from the beach. The Burj Al Arab is a luxury hotel, built on an artificial land and connected to the mainland by private bridge. The building is known as the third tallest hotel in the world. I did not stay long there. Once the next bus passed, i jumped onto the bus and left the beach behind.
I apparently did not plan to visit this museum. In one occasion on hop on hop off bus, I had some talks with two Australian ladies that use their 24 hours transit time in Dubai. After having small talks, we agreed to discover the aquarium together. When our bus stopped at Dubai Mall, where the aquarium is located, we hopped off the bus to see the home of 140 species of sea life. To be honest, I was not so impressed, since I imagined that I would be spoiled by a large aquarium with spectacular species. Well, the fact was I was only able to walk through 45 meter tunnel, of course with sea creatures swimming above me. It was good, but not spectacular.
If you travel with Hop On Hop Off Bus, ensure that you will not buy another ticket to explore the creek of Dubai. The bus ticket includes the cruise ticket, offering one hour cruising on the wooden traditional dhow. Cruising along the creek, it gave me pleasure trip to admire the city’s skyline and witness the landmarks, such as: the heritage village, the diving village and of course, the modern skyscrapers with its magnificent sights.
Do I love Dubai? To be honest, not so much. As a new large metropolitan city, I found the lack culture and soul connection with the city. Despite its location in the Middle East, I did not feel the vibe. Instead, the culture is too international, from food to shopping. The local culture is not visible within the city. Many things are too artificial. Deira, the area where I stayed in, is known as the old part of the city. However, please bear in mind, when we talked about old town of Dubai, never thought as the old towns in other Middle East Countries, Europe, and even Africa which had stood for many centuries. The Dubai old town consist of new buildings, made me feel like i just step my feet in just ‘another’ city. Do I want to come back to visit? To answer the question, I avoid to say never. Nonetheless, it will require the strong reason to bring me back to Dubai.