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Dubai Water Canal

I must confess that, had I not lived in Dubai, it would never make it in my list of top must-visit places. Simply because it is a man-made city created from a desert and personally, I’d have no desire to travel somewhere to see a bunch of well-made concrete structures.  Having said that, I appreciate and am highly grateful as a resident of Dubai for all the comforts it continues to provide on a professional and personal front. And over the last couple of years, I am in awe of all that the government has done and continues to do in trying to make the city one of the most desired tourist destinations in the world.

On that note, I spent an evening strolling by the recently constructed water canal. The Dubai Water Canal was inaugurated in Oct 2016, three years after it was first announced. The changes made to Sheikh Zayed Road, the arterial road that connects the emirates, is commendable considering all that has been done in a short span of time and within the stipulated deadline.

The water canal is a 12-kilometre waterway that connects Dubai Creek with the Arabian Gulf and will eventually feature a jogging track, restaurants and cafes along the promenade and marine stations with regular ferry of passengers. As always, Dubai wants to make a noise about it –  I even noticed that they have Bose speakers installed along the walkway!! This project will also feature ‘smart’ electric poles and other tech-elements to fulfill requirements of Dubai’s aim to become the Smartest City in the world!

Here’s a first glimpse of the water canal and the bridges, view of Downtown Dubai and of course, Burj Khalifa.

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New kid on the blog

Presenting Young, new kid on the travel blog.

Young is what happened when Yin and Yang went a little overboard with their travels!

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He is 3 months old and has already travelled to one country that included 4 cities, 3 flights, one train journey and a few bumpy inter-city car rides!

So we took Young to India as there were a line of grandparents, great-grandparents, uncles and aunties queueing up to see the latest addition. This was his itinerary over a duration of 2 weeks:

While Yang became the typically paranoid mum about how son would cope with the sultry Indian summer and the hectic schedule after a pampered Dubai ‘winter’, Yin was certain he would weather it all. So except for a worrying cough that came along the way, Young responded well by just sleeping! The moment we got onto a vehicle, he’d fall asleep, only to wake up when we reached the destination. We couldn’t have asked for more (and can only hope this trend continues, fingers crossed).

Thus Young successfully completed his first trip.  Travel is never ever going to be the same again! Here’s to a whole lot adventures, madness and fun! Clink, clink!

Just in case you thought otherwise, that was the sound of baby milk bottles.

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Rainy days & Mondays with Parmesan

Rain Dubai

Rainy days like this are rare in a desert. And when it rains, everyone and everything gets alive and kicking, traffic included.

My ideal rainy day is to wake up as per routine, decide to skip work, snuggle back into bed and much later in the afternoon, go on a long drive, hunting for ‘pakoras‘ n ‘chai’.

Sigh! Back to reality. I did go to work and returned home to a fridge screaming at me to use its week old vegetables.

Result: Parmesan & Roasted Veggie Salad.

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It turned out much better than I thought it would. Warm roasted pumpkins, brinjal (or eggplant or aubergine as you wish to call it), juicy red capsicum (okay, so they are called red peppers) and a local variant of zucchini in a balsamic vinegar dressing along with whole wheat pasta for company. Served on a bed of lettuce for some more colour effect. The star of the dish, however, were the Parmesan shavings – a generous, delicious and calorific contribution to an otherwise healthy dish.

No, those spicy Indian fritters cannot replace Parmesan or Pasta nevertheless, a bowl of this goodness provided a comforting end to a drab cold day.

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The real Dolphinarium & more

Dubai dolphinariumBeing in Dubai, I have visited the Dolphinarium a couple of times taking visiting folks to see the show. While the time spent is worth the money and quite an entertainer for adults and children alike, it made me wonder how much more wonderful it’d be to actually see dolphins at sea.

And just that happened. Quite unexpectedly.

We (me + he + Mr. Friend) did a weekend camping trip to Khasab at the northern-most tip of the Sultanate of Oman. Having reached the district of Musandam pretty late into the night, we Oman brunchhad booked a room in a little guest-house that also offered a ‘dhow-ride’ as part of the package.

Late next morning, after a delicious meal at a local pakistani chai-shop [food alert: big round sized naans hot from the oven along with a simple but delicious veggie gravy for me and kheema for the boys] we loitered for a while around the deserted area (being namaz time on a Friday) and then proceeded to the bay where the dhows were anchored.

Dhow OmanBeing one of the first to get into the dhow, I rushed in typical indo-fashion to get the best seats and prided on it briefly, before being told that the engine had a problem and we’d have to shift to another one. Needless to say, the other dhow was almost full with the upper deck occupied by a large Omani group happily squatted and lunching on their maqboos. Lets just say I got the sunniest side for the entire ride (and I have no interest in either Vitamin D or a tan, thank you very much).

Dolphin!All I knew was that we were going to a remote island, do a bit of snorkelling and return but after a brief conversation with the dhow ‘captain’ I was told that we’d pass the dolphin bay as well. Now Mr. Captain had been-there-done-that several times and before I knew it, he was whistling away when all of a sudden, there was a dolphin swimming alongside our dhow! What an incredible sight and much as I regret not getting a proper picture of it, I’m glad I actually watched the ‘beauty’ for the next couple of minutes before she(?) disappeared.

dhow omanClearly those dolphins were tired of tourists and played hide-and-seek with us but on nearing the bay, we did see a few bouncing up and down and even a baby dolphin who according to Mr. Captain was just 4 months old (cant vouch for that but hey, who cares). On our return, we stopped briefly for a snorkelling dip to watch schools of colourful little fish.

Overall a wonderful experience and a little piece of Oman that makes me want to explore more of the beautiful state that it appears to be. The 5 hours dhow cruise was a bit too long and slow (and terribly sunny, if I may say so) but I’d definitely want to see those friendly animals again. In a speedboat, perhaps?

 

Related post: Camping in Oman

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An evening at the beach

jumeirah beach

With the weather gradually getting better, we spent a couple of hours at the Jumeirah beach one evening. And were party to a beautiful sunset. Unfortunately, an iPhone camera couldn’t do much justice to what the eyes witnessed.

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Burj Khalifa

Just as we are getting set for the long and dreadfully hot summer ahead, a welcome drizzle came unannounced. Having attended a conference near Dubai mall a few days ago, i was walking to the metro through the recently constructed metro link and there she was standing proud and tall as always. I paused to look and took this photo – an obtrusive view of the Burj Khalifa through paned glass, with the sun peeping out of the clouds on one side.

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Here’s one more, taken sometime back – a more commonly viewed sight at night when the lady is dressed in a shimmering and awe-worthy evening gown!

Burj Khalifa Night

I’m not really rushing to go up the tower and see the view from above anytime soon, but if you choose to come to Dubai and do that, you can find more details here!

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