Archive for the ‘fountains’ Category


Christmas Eve

December 25, 2013

Posted by Kanga. Please do not reblog.

Mosque and dark grey clouds

The day began with the idea of going to the beach to watch the sun rise over the ocean, but this was not the appropriate day for that plan.

beach, storm clouds, rain

But the rain could not keep us from having breakfast at Al Khan restaurant – qeema (ground beef and potato), chana (chickpeas/garbanzo beans) and paratha (flat bread).

flatbread, chickpeas, ground beef

Then, a quick drive into Dubai to get to the Burj Khalifa in time for our admission to the observation deck. The tickets were nearly all sold out this week, so timing was inflexible.

two people looking out from the observation deck

It was a particularly clear day, so the view was excellent.

view of the world islands from the Burj Khalifa observation deck

These are the World Islands.

two people

BabyBird and DaddyBird.

mocha, brownie, hot chocolate,  cheese cake, espresso

Then it was time for a chocolate binge.

aquarium filled with fish

Then there was a fair amount of shopping and roaming around the mall.

waterfall with 30 lifesize diver figures

The day ended with our traditional meal with friends at Bu Qtair restaurant. Fish, prawns, paratha and good friends.

dinner table

Photo by DaddyBird

We love meeting with such a mix of people from different countries and cultures. It was so much fun. The world would be a more peaceful place if everyone did this.

dinner table

Photo by Labiba Laith


Another Water Feature Bites the Dust

May 3, 2013

Posted by Kanga.

Another one of our favorite water features –

Festival City Fountain
Is now wrapped in a death shroud.

white sheeting

The reasoning is

The future is clearer. We're clearing away obstacles to make way for better shopping.

“The future is clearer. We’re clearing away obstacles to make way for better shopping. Project: Opening sight lines. It’s all happy-ning.”

I have no idea what will replace this distinctive fountain, but it sounds like it will be more kiosks selling stuff. Very sad.


Light Garden

January 11, 2013

Posted by Kanga.

light decoration shaped like a camel 50% full size

Winter decorations at the Mirdiff City Center Mall include a light garden complete with light camel,

light decoration horse

Light horse, whose tail was on a break,

light bushes in a water feature

Light bushes in the water feature,

light decorations of birds in the trees

And light birds in the trees.


Jumeirah Zabeel Saray

July 22, 2011

Posted by Kanga.

We recently took a trip out to nearly the end of the Jumeirah Palm Islands (Dubai) to an event held at the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray hotel. So, here are a few pictures.

decorative tile wall

sunburst marble tiled design

Turkish intaglio design arch over the entrance


chandelier with crescent designs

chandelier with fringe, tassels and bobbles

chandelier rectangular lamps, crescents and lacework

eight pointed star chandelier


Zabeel Park Sights

January 7, 2011

Posted by Kanga

sculpture of a kangaroo surfing
This is a rather outstanding sculpture in Zabeel Park commemorating Dubai’s Australian sister city, Gold Coast. This is one of those things I never expected to see.

mist fountain
This fountain was rather fascinating. If they could just reduce the hissing sound of the mist jets, it would be very relaxing.


Fountain and Pool

May 2, 2009

waterfallA lovely waterfall fountain.
waterfall2The waterfall fountain from another angle. And, yes, that is a pool you see hanging off the side of the hotel. Daddybird thought this was cool, until he saw someone swim by. Not really a view you want to have of the average tourist.pool


Jumeirah Beach Residence Sights

April 24, 2009

jbrtouristsThis probably seems like an innocuous picture to you. Nothing out of the ordinary. However, if you live in a Muslim country and are aware of local customs and standards, you would know that there is too much skin showing in this picture. These tourists are apparently unaware of where they are vacationing. Yes, Dubai is very liberal, especially in areas predominately populated by tourists, but I still find scenes like this odd.

jbrfountainThe wind was gusting so hard that it was blowing most of the water out of this fountain.

jbrhotelThis “old” hotel is being torn down. No wrecking ball, just a large jackhammer slowly nibbling away at it. Keep in mind that this country was formed in 1971, so old is not necessarily old here. This hotel was probably the best at one time, but it is sitting on prime beach property and is behind the times, so down it comes. Everything is made of cement here, so this is a tangle of rebar and cement chunks. I don’t know if they don’t know about explosive demolition or if there is some reason not to do it that way.