Dubai - Last Day- Sun., Nov. 20

We arrived at Dubai from Riyadh late Saturday evening.  With such a huge number of hotels in this city we assumed it wasn't urgent to book a room in advance. Big mistake! It took our taxi driver many stops before we finally found one opening at the Al Nakheel Hotel - and that was a 2 bedroom suite.  Tired and desperate, we took it. A medium rated hotel, it wasn't bad and it gave us a chance to see a different part of Deira Dubai.  We even booked a second night in a little smaller suite so we could rest up a little before our midnight departure for the airport and flight home.  After our grand experience in Riyadh, a long day in Dubai City seemed a little anti climatic.  We only wanted to rest, repack and ready ourselves for the long flight home.


Just a block or 2 from our hotel, we found ourselves in a neighborhood a bit more upscale than our previous place by the old gold souk. This is the area of the huge Al-Ghurair City "upmarket" shopping center.

However, we were familiar now with the gold souk area, were not interested in "upscale" shopping - so it was a taxi ride over to shop for some small souvenir gifts to take home.

Back to the hotel, a bit more rest and then it was time to go for a walk to explore this part of the city more.  This was the Al Muraqqabat district.

We worked our way towards Al Rigga Road, where we had previously experienced a great smaller Lebanese café.

We find the "Automatic" and enjoy great fruit drinks, some light snacks and super friendly service. We will return later to their larger restaurant on the next block for a full dinner.

We continue a long walk down the modern neighborhood of Rigga Rd. until we come to this attractive mosque.  We then turn towards Dubai Creek & the bridge that crosses it.

After a short walk we come to this elegant clock tower roundabout with the sun starting to set in the west.

We make a right turn at the clock tower and get another view of the sun setting behind these modern high-rises. 

This is Al Maktoum Rd. with more modern high-rises and office buildings.  The street is relatively quiet as this is after business hours.

After a late fine "Automatic" meal plus Syrian pastries from across the street, we head back to the hotel where Keith gets this night photo from our balcony of the local tennis courts.

Time to kick the shoes off and rest up for the midnight trip to the airport. Maybe not fair to Dubai, but we are still basking in warm memories of our Riyadh experiences.

On this second night at the Al Nakheel Hotel, we used our bed primarily as a space for repacking for our homeward bound journey. We tried to travel light this time. We almost succeeded.

We probably tried to do too much in our two weeks in this part of the world - We certainly would have enjoyed at least another week to explore and experience more in the Riyadh area - but maybe this was just the right amount of time for now - before we overstayed our welcome.  Our original expectations were quite limited and vague.  Now we know more about the area and conditions here. We have new friends here who have invited us back.  We can now wonder, "Can we return...?"  Inshallah


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