The Pearl of the Middle East, Dubai

IMG_3217{The Burj al Arab from the Madinat Jumeirah}

The second country depicted on the Silk Road series is Dubai. I have been linking the countries I have traveled from East to West by way of one of the oldest trade routes known to humankind. Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and the other emirates have interacted with the outside world for thousands of years as an important trade port, as well as a center for pearl harvesting.

Since my January 13th post on Dubai, I have had many requests for additional information from friends who are now visiting this part of the world, and I hope this knowledge serves as a guide to getting out and exploring this fabulous oasis.

IMG_3154 IMG_3156{Souk Madinat Jumeirah}

IMG_3159{Me shopping the souks}

Visiting the Souk Madinat Jumeirah is a fabulous way to meander avenues filled with spices, scents, and fabrics through narrowly lit hallways. The waterways and bridges connect you to art galleries, antique shops and restaurants. It is a true step into the past.

The Dubai Creek or Khor Dubai is a saltwater creek that we motored down in a “water taxi” with our guide to the gold and spice souks. In the background of this picture is the National Bank of Dubai and the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry.


IMG_3239 IMG_3253{Our guide Murasil}


IMG_0607{A Dhow or Junk}

Fishing is an important industry upon this creek. There are “Dhows” which are Arab sailing vessels used to carry heavy items along the coast of the Arabian Peninsula. These are absolutely beautiful crafts, each with magnificently bright colors against the deep turquoise water. It was really neat to see how each boat was setup for people to live upon, as well as fish from the creek. On my next trip to Dubai, I definitely want to travel the creek in this type of ship.


Stay tuned,


Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Burj al Arab

I have had so many request to post pictures from my recent trip to Dubai so, after considerable angst and apprehension have narrowed down which images may best express this small gulf oasis. Let me begin by stating the entire trip was an exciting adventure from start to finish. After checking into the JW Marriott on Business Bay, we immediately began exploring the city. Here are a few suggestions to  investigate if you are ever in this part of the world….enjoy!!!!

Jumeirah Beach Resort


Sean and Kathy on Jumeirah Beach

Traveling to the Gold and Spice Souks by way of boat




Ski Dubai


We hit the slopes for a bit of snow boarding and sledding, then warmed up with a cup of hot chocolate at the Ski Chalet on top of the mountain. Afterward had lunch in the mall, and could not believe I traveled to the other side of the world to actually try fried mac and cheese balls with marinara sauce. When I returned home I had to work on the recipe.

Burj Khalifa



This is the tallest free standing structure in the world at 2,716 feet or 828 meters. We celebrated Thanksgiving on the 122nd floor at the restaurant At.mosphere. The experience begins with the elevator ride to the 123rd floor where all are greeted by the cantilevered staircase. Next, you walk down to the dining area which exudes style and definite personality.

We started the meal with seared diver scallops with leek and potato veloute sauce. Next was the Tuna Tartare with onion, potatoes and watercress, topped with caviar. Dinner was Wagyu flank steak and two grilled King Prawns served with sauteed spinach and bernaise sauce.

Dessert was a “Bombe Surprise” which consisted of a brownie, chocolate hazelnut ice cream and 24 karat gold shavings sprinkled on top. And, lastly a bowl of Madeline’s was served to end the meal.

I was reading the Gulf newspaper before we left, and there was an interesting article about the UAE bidding to host the World Expo in 2020 in Dubai under the theme “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”.

Hope to see you in Dubai in 2020!!!!