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Old 08-02-2013, 07:07 AM
 
Location: Earth Wanderer, longing for the stars.
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I've been to Dubai twice in the past few years ... but before the Burg Khalifa (currently the tallest spire in the world, but I understand it will surpassed in a few years from now) was finished.

My first impressions: hot, dry, dusty place. I really liked shopping in the old Gold Souk (Bazaar). It does have some interesting shops. Restaurants are sub par, and night life is terrible.

Otherwise I think it is a big dud. No charm, no elegance, no sophistication, nothing historic or interesting except for a bunch of rather tacky looking skyscrapers. This city has no beauty. I think they are trying to be some kind of Miami/Las Vegas hybrid but it fails on both counts.
That's what it impresses me as - tacky.

I knew a guy who had done some contract work for them. They were smuggling alcohol in in different bottles as the mail was inspected. He said he had nothing to read, so I sent him a few books. On picture was censored when he got it. There were black magic marker smears on a picture of Nancy Reagan because she was in a strapless gown at some event. Imagine!

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Old 08-02-2013, 07:14 AM
 
Location: Earth Wanderer, longing for the stars.
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As a female, the Arab world has few attractions for me. Don't forget, Dubai was the country where recently they jailed a woman for being a rape victim. Plenty of other places to visit.
Yeah, and I remember when a young teen was raped by 3 or 4 men on a beach and when he reported it, they jailed HIM as a homosexual.

It's also illegal for a man and woman to share a hotel room if they are not married.

I don't like places like that.
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Old 08-04-2013, 03:32 PM
 
Location: North Dakota
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Duabi seems to me to be like a Vegas in the Middle East. I'll take Vegas as I know they don't have the human rights violations the UAE has.
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Old 08-05-2013, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Atlanta (Finally on 4-1-17)
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I had a chance to hit up Dubai last year while I was in Bahrain. It was not all its cracked up to be. The buildings are amazing and the shopping is great but that is about the end of it.

Sounds like a new suburb/subdivision in America.
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Old 08-05-2013, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Gorgeous Scotland
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Sounds like a new suburb/subdivision in America.
It's mostly high rise buildings, and at least some of them are in an interesting style. Nothing like subdivisions.

I would never go there as a destination, but it is a stopover on two of the trips we take every couple of years - Australia and East Africa. A good spot to rest up and relax between flights.
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Old 08-05-2013, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Limbo
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Sounds like a new suburb/subdivision in America.
I'd rather live in a new suburb/subdivision in America than Dubai.

Dubai is stale and manufactured, much more so than suburbia.
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Old 08-05-2013, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Gorgeous Scotland
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I'd rather live in a new suburb/subdivision in America than Dubai.

Dubai is stale and manufactured, much more so than suburbia.
Wouldn't want to live in either one.
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Old 08-05-2013, 02:32 PM
 
Location: Atlanta (Finally on 4-1-17)
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I'd rather live in a new suburb/subdivision in America than Dubai.

Dubai is stale and manufactured, much more so than suburbia.

Manufactured is a good word.
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Old 08-09-2013, 05:38 PM
 
Location: Earth Wanderer, longing for the stars.
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I take this Muslim terrorist threat seriously. I don't think it's only propaganda. It is a pretty big expense to close down all of those buildings and to move people out of those countries.

I am not thinking of visiting any MidEast country, including Turkey, in the future until I feel sure that it's safe.

Maybe it'll be safe when there is peace between the Palestinians and Israel. Maybe something will happen this time during the talks. There's always hope.

Does anyone else notice that, whenever there is some news of a possible conciliation between those two peoples, the terrorists do something evil? Peace is the last thing that they want.
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Old 08-12-2013, 02:52 AM
 
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Never will I visit Dubai, UAE or any country in the Middle East. If you people only know how the contract workers from other countries are treated in the ME you will not set foot in that part of the world. The most arrogant and ignorant people around. NO thank you!!
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