Archive for the ‘Palm Island’ Category


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.


The Boat that Rocks Afternoon

February 10, 2013

Posted by Kanga.

At the invitation of Rock Radio 90.7, we headed off to Jebel Ali for an afternoon on a boat.

Google map view of Jebel Ali

The weather was perfect – sunny, as always, and a pleasant breeze.

long boat with glassed in lower level and open deck on top

DaddyBird dressed appropriately.

man wearing an Iron Maiden jacket standing at the bow of the boat

There were a variety of vessels out on water.

a small sailboat, motor boat and yacht on the waters

The posts in the distance are the unfinished bridge to the Jebel Ali Palm Island.

man on a paddle board

There’s no surf in the Gulf, so they do paddle boarding instead.

card game spread across a table

We got a few rounds of Guillotine card game in.

sun approaching the horizon, shining on the water

By the time the sun was reaching the horizon, our relaxing boat ride was over.

sun setting behind palm 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


Palm Island

February 20, 2010

A few weeks ago we had the opportunity to go to a party at a villa on the Jumeirah Palm Island. Our friends Lara and Terry are on a one year adventure they are calling GranTourismo. They’ve combined their career as travel writers with HomeAway Holiday Rentals and are traveling around the world this year spending two weeks in each destination. Their first stop was in Dubai on the Palm, then to London, then to Marrakesh, then ???? If you like good pictures, good food, and good travel advice, you should follow their blog.

First let me say, our twitter friend Grace did a better job of documenting this party on her blog (than I am about to do). So, I recommend that you click here and read what she said and check out her pictures. Also, there is an entry by Terry detailing the food served and you can click here to read that. Extra points for those of you find us in the pictures on both the blogs.

Here are my pictures:

villa on the Palm IslandThis is the villa on Frond E. It is a five bedroom home with a lovely kitchen, dining room, living room and den. (Five and a half bathrooms, by the way.)

beachThis is the view toward the stem of the Palm.


beachThis is the view toward the end of the fronds. It was atypically stormy. It didn’t actually rain, but was cool, cloudy and breezy.

cell tower disquised as a palm treeThere was a nearby cell phone tower disguised as a palm tree. Notice the fake dates hanging in the fake tree.

close up of fake palmIt was a beautiful evening with (in our opinion) perfect weather, good friends, and good food. We may never have another reason to go out onto the Palm, but at least we can say we’ve been there.