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New Year’s Eve 2013

January 5, 2014

Posted by Kanga. Please do not reblog.

New Year’s Eve began with a drive to Dubai and lunch at the Special Ostadi restaurant. Then we went down to the Bur Dubai side of Dubai Creek. We walked through the old souk (market). The merchants were calling out to DaddyBird calling him “boss” and to BabyBird calling her “Shakira” to entice them to stop and see the wares. From there, we took an abra (water taxi) across the creek to the Spice Souk area.

small boat used as a water taxi

The ride across the creek is always pleasant and it is much cooler on the water.

water taxi boat full of passengers

I haven’t even thought of looking up while on the boat before and was surprised to see the life jackets. If the boat runs into trouble, I doubt I would have time to get one of those, but the thought is nice, I suppose.

life preserver jackets attached to the underside of the boat roof

We stopped for fresh juice and BabyBird discovered that fresh apple juice is not like bottled apple juice. I had watermelon juice and was unpleasantly surprised to find that the seeds had been included. We walked through the Spice Souk and Gold Souk. To return to the car parked in Bur Dubai, we took the metro train.

grassy area near the historical Shindaga area

The park area near the Shindaga historical area is quite nice and inviting to those who want to relax for a while. Next, we were off to Bu Qtair Restaurant for our traditional fish and shrimp dinner with friends followed by fireworks seen from Jumeirah beach.

fireworks around the Burj Al Arab hotel

In past years, all the fireworks displays started at the stroke of midnight – Dubai Marina, Burj Al Arab, Atlantis Hotel and the Burj Khalifa (all of which we can see from our beach location). This year the displays were staggered. Dubai Marina went first, slightly before the stroke of midnight. Then the Burj Khalifa was next. Burj Al Arab took it’s turn. (This is usually the best display from four barges lasting 15 minutes.)

fireworks on the Palm Jumeirah island

This year, the world record breaking display capped the evening shooting off from the Palm Jumeirah island and the World islands. It took 2 hours to get out of Dubai and another hour to drive to Fujairah, but it was worth it.

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Margaritas by the Sea

February 25, 2011

Posted by Kanga.

Wednesday evening we went here:

round restaurant on a spit

The 360 Lounge (restaurant below and bar on the top deck) which is next door to this:

Burg al Arab by night

And since it gets down to the mid-60s Fahrenheit at night these days, there were heaters to keep us from freezing to death.

gas space heater

Why were we there? You may ask. It was a promotional event for the newest Norton 360 software product. (See the connection? 360 software, 360 Lounge) Free drinks and a nice view.

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New Year’s Eve in Dubai 2010-2011

January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

We celebrated much the same way as last year with fish dinner at Bu Qtair and a short walk down to the beach to watch the fireworks at the Burj al Arab.

There were cupcakes (courtesy of the Nystedts).
tray of cupcakes

My camera takes crappy pictures in the dim lighting and if I use the flash, everyone has red eyes. So, you will have to take my word for it that there were nine of us over the course of the evening. No hats, but there were noise makers and confetti poppers.

Then, the fireworks. (To see all the still photos click here.)
fireworks

fireworks

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Happy New Year!

January 1, 2010

After a lovely dinner with our lovely friends at our favorite fish shack, we walked down to the beach near the Burj Al Arab and watched the fireworks. It was quite an experience and I think we may have to make it a tradition. I didn’t realize how vocal the crowd was until I played the video. The display was spectacular. You will see the Burj Al Arab on the left half of the screen. The Atlantis Hotel is in the distance on the right side of the screen. There are floating lights that kinda look like UFOs. These were rudimentary hot air balloons that someone was sending up. All in all, it was a pretty fantabulous evening. (The people who paid to go to the party in the Burj Al Arab paid 7450AED/$2000US to see the same fireworks we saw for free. Suckers!)

It did not end there, however. We walked back to the fish shack and waited for the traffic to dissipate. Then joined the traffic flow ourselves, but because of the unique features of Dubai traffic flow, we had to travel a long distance in the wrong direction before we could turn and head back the way we needed to go. And, we weren’t just heading home. We met up again with some of our friends at a Moroccan cafe for tea. SO — it was 5:25 am before we arrived home and tucked into bed. I’m too old for this all nighter stuff!