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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Radioman, May 19, 2011.
After arriving late into Dubai, got a cab to hotel. Awoke to my first day views of the city.
Just a little detour. But flying Emirates, that is the hub so my flight was going to come here anyway.
checked out the pool.
Had to get the spot updated and read about what to see and do.
Weather will be hot for my couple day visit!
So I had a plan and was going to get the Big Tour Bus that did a hop on hop around the big sights in the city. Then I spoke with concierge, and he said for the same price I can have my own driver from the hotel take me around.... Since I was only coming to Dubai for a couple days .... it is a quick sightseeing trip, I stayed at a nicer hotel in town. Living Large for two days.
So off we went. Lots of Mosques to see.
and of course the Iconic building and hotels all around town. The wealth and Luxury here is amazing.
Burj al Arab 7 star Luxury (cannot go in, if you are not staying!) Bit too much for me
but a look into some of the other 5 star hotels at this end of town.
The hotels are amazing. this is looking up. The artwork, design and architecture
is luxury and over the top.
Lots of Marble and tile work
Just a very interesting city to visit.
and of course the cars.
Building of all shapes and construction
and painted ceiling...
But of course there were things that make you laugh. Only here.
I am not interested in shopping .... But the Huge Shopping Malls are big here. So I had to go to one.
But wanted to see this..
Winterland in the desert
Thought about skiing, but after growing up in PNW.... it would not be a challenge .... just a novelty.
and more cars
What is amazing is all the western companies that have shops here.
Being in a Muslim country. There are rules to follow.
fortunately, everything is also in English
Then the Worlds Tallest building. Saw something that said it is 2 times the size of the Empire state building. You can go up to the 126th floor.... but I did not book head so it was $125 ticket :huh
The leaders of Dubai
Then the markets. Here is the Gold Souks
The daily rate of Gold posted.
More that the eyes can handle
and in the markets... lots of vendors trying to draw me in to hold onto the products, by watches, cloths etc.
Long day seeing the city.
But Shane (Reefdog) contacted me and came to the hotel to pick me up. He invited me for dinner and drinks! He's a "Helo Driver" and rides an F800GS! Has ridden in Iran and other places!
His wife Alex cooked a lovely meal. Thanks Shane and Alex for the evening out!
Good lord, Mark.
Excellent Mark! thoroughly enjoyed taking the tour with you i.e. sharing the seldom seen places. That place does indeed have wealth beyond believe; guess they like GOLD.
I really liked this particular piece of architecture
amazing. Good place to acclimate to the weather of Africa.
I think we all contribute to the building of UAE every time we fill up
Go Mark Go
It's so hot there they have two suns.........
Unfortunately Cape Town is getting one cold front after the other.
So Mark I hope that you have some winter woolies with you.
Good Lord, you look like ya gotta be made out of money to play there. Amazing what throwing a ton of money at a project will do. Serious Eye Candy, thanks for taking us along. Did you get to see the artificial Palm Island thing - amazing engineering.
Yes I did.
See you later today. I am awake, packed up and heading to the Airport to carry on to Cape Town. My bike was in JoBurg yesterday awaiting flight to Cape Town.
Good grief - it's changed a bit in the 16 years since I was there last!
Hope you got to the Spice souk too - the smells there are divine!
Cape Town's climate is like Melbourne's - if you can remember that far back! - and here, spring definitely sprung this weekend.
Looking vicariously forward to the next leg of your epic journey!
Cheers from us all.
It has sure changed since I was there in 1990. Abu Dhabi was more glamorous back then.
"Africa Calling" was a PM I received while I was still in South America Riding!
CapeKLR and I have been messaging for some time about riding in South Africa. The Power of ADV and now it is about to happen!
Was at Dubai airport at 5:30 Am to check in.
When I checked in, had only a few moments of Panic as they asked if I had a Visa for South Africa. :huh I had checked and as US citizen, I just got it at the inbound border (but did I read things wrong :huh) ... But the Agent was a bit confused until he brought over a supervisor. All Good. Whew!
Flight was almost 10 hours.
Arrived Cape Town at 4:15 in Afternoon!
I am very excited! It was cool arriving to my 7th Continent, and the 6th that I have ridden a motorbike on!!
And CapeKLR was there to meet me at the airport !! Africa Calling indeed! Feels great to be here. My bike is still enroute and was in JoBurg yesterday, and hopefully to arrive Cape Town today, and I should be able to go pick it up tomorrow!
Looks like you are excited for this leg of your journey. Enjoy.
I just read Into Africa: Africa by Motorcycle by Sam Manicom while on vacation last week, and now I am eagerly awaiting the Radioman version!
Where are the pictures of charging rhinos? You been there 12 hours already. :ddog