Caption: Global village: Here almost every country in the world is represented with its goods and services on display for sale. India too is represented.
I believe there is more to life if you have more money in your pocket. And one of the places for Indians to get that ‘more to life’ is Dubai, a dream world created out of a desert of sand and sun beside the sea. Wonder why no one talks of beaches of Dubai like they speak of beaches of Goa or Mangaluru Coast here in India. The neighbour Sharjah, however, boasts of beaches. Yes, if you go to Dubai for a long holiday, then you can take on other UAE countries too — Abu Dhabi, Oman, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah. The Al Aqah Beach resort at Fujairah city, two hour from Dubai is for the rich and famous, the Le Meridien stands tall there.
However, I spent my days, this third time to UAE, at Dubai except for a day in Sharjah. I decided to extend my Royal Rajasthan on Wheels (RROW) holiday to Dubai, apparently because I had ‘more money’ left in my pocket. Some times I feel like blowing up the budgeted money on holidays and return home light ! Extra money in the pocket like extra fat in the body, must be burnt. So headed to Dubai from Delhi on 18th January 2015.
As a country UAE, with Abu Dhabi as its capital, is very young, having been formed in 1971, but each of its member countries or Sheikdoms is rich and prosperous. These Trucial States of Middle East were under British protection till 1971. When British left, wisdom dawned on them to form United Arab Emirates (UAE) — ‘United we stand, divided we fall.’ There is a lesson for many countries in this world, specially Muslim world.
This time we went to Abu Dhabi chiefly to see the famous Mosque opened in 2007 which is magnificent beyond compare. Worth making a visit if only to see this Mosque.
Anchored in Dubai, there was no dearth of tourist interest places. Even if you stay for a month or even longer, there are places to see each day. Dubai is a co...more