Today is our second day in Dubai and we went on the “City of Merchants” Tour. The tour is a tour of the Traditional part of Dubai. Our first stop was a photo stop at the Burj Al Arab Hotel that’s shaped like a sailboat. A truly magnificent hotel both outside and inside. Cost of stay at this hotel starts at $2700.00/night and the most expensive is $27, 500/night. Advantage with the expensive room is a helicopter pickup at the airport and you land on a landing desk at the hotel. You have your own check-in right in your room. This hotel is located in the sea and they claim to be the only 7* hotel, although it is really only considered a 5* hotel.
Next we drive past the Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Another beautiful hotel located at the Jumeirahah Beach, and is a family hotel. This hotel is massive and is located on a beach that will rival many in the world! We would loved to have spent a week just spending time there. Interesting note is that Mondays the Beach is ONLY open to Woman. Because of their culture they want the woman to feel comfortable not being totally covered up so they get the beach to themselves.
It is very interesting to see how much Dubai has changed and grown over the decades. It showed us about the Pearl Industry, Carpentry, spices, Tailors, as well as information about the sea and desert. The Museum showed pictures of how Dubai has changed over theyears, the jewelry they used to wear all the time, the trinkets that were in their homes as well as military items. Was great to see the history of Dubai.
These are open with just a bench to sit on and hold us to 20 people, cost is $1.00 of their money to go on it. Old Dubai is on the other side where the Spice and Gold Souk’s are. Here you can buy spice by bulk and the Gold Souk is huge with over 200 Jewelry stores where you can buy Gold, Diamonds, precious stones and pearls. You barter at these stores to get the best price. They say that you can usually barter them down 70% from the original price. While at the Gold Souk we saw the Guinness World Book of Records heaviest Gold Ring.
The Spice and Gold Souks were absolutely amazing to go through. If you love jewelry as much as I do, I was in heaven in the Gold Souk!
We were looking forward to so much more to see in this amazing city!