Chronicles Of A Three-Day Trip To Dubai: “Dubaiscapes”

One of the perks of staying in hotels during leisure trips aside from security, comfort, room service, and internet access is luxury in the forms of swimming pool, fitness center, and in-house restaurant. This was how we started our second day, 16 July 2016. We took advantage of Ramada Deira’s luxurious offerings.

It was good news for us to know that the hotel’s swimming pool and gym are just a floor away from our room. I went to the gym first to do a few sets of weightlifting workout as warm-up for swimming before joining Onel and Ren at the pool in about 20 minutes.

The rarest yet very loved form of exercise that I do is swimming. Thank God I did learn it before teenage years kicked in or I couldn’t have enjoyed the river near our place back in the day or the swimming pools in the other places I’ve been to. The reasons why I still love swimming—even if I don’t have a pool—and can’t do it regularly more than any other forms of exercise are it burns more fat, helps build stronger muscles, and is very effective in burning off calories. I read, believed the supporting scientific studies.

Summer in the Middle East was already at its peak during that time and, generally, it keeps people from leaving their air-conditioned rooms. As a result, excursions are like Giant Pandas in the forest habitat of southwest China’s mountainous areas: extinct! Swimming is no exception. But we don’t care about the piercing rays of the sun if there’s a chance for us to swim even in a pool.

After indulging in the hunger-inducing activities of the morning, we went to the in-house Filipino restaurant, Barrio Fiesta, to avail the free breakfast. I stuffed my sac with protein rich food coupled with black coffee. That was such a moment to relish because we were eating some of our favorite local food. It felt home!

At approximately 9:05 AM, we were already inside the moving bus  for the four-hour city tour.

Our first stop was at the Dubai Museum that is lying under the Al-Fahidi Fort along Al Fahidi Street in Bur Dubai.

The museum was built in 1787 to defend the Dubai Creek, which is another major attraction in Dubai.

The entrance has a fascinating exhibition of old maps of the Emirates and Dubai, showing the expansion that hit the region after the oil boom. Below the ground floor are display halls with exhibits, showcasing various aspects of traditional Emirati lifestyle including artifacts from the 3,000-4,000 year old graves at Al Qusais archaeological site, and a souvenir shop offering an array of Dubai mementos.


The courtyard area boasts several traditional boats and a palm-leaf house with an Emirati wind-tower. The right-hand hall features weaponry and the left-hand hall showcases Emirati musical instruments.

The three photos are only a glimpse of what can be seen at this Museum.

The fun part of a city tour via a bus is the chance to see countless, awesome cityscapes, especially along Sheik Zayed Road and D 94, but it’s very difficult to get a decent photo of them.

It requires a considerable amount of patience to take good snapshots in a moving vehicle.

Sheikh Zayed Road is the primary access route crawling across Dubai’s modern downtown business district.

This wide, eight-lane highway is brimming with jaw-dropping skyscrapers, rimmed with towering glass and steel, along its length.

D 94 is also known as Jumeirah Road or Jumeirah Beach Road; King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud Street; and officially as Al Sufouh Road. It starts at the Dubai Maritime City and ends at Jumeirah Beach Residence, coalescing with Sheikh Zayed Road.

The road runs parallel to Dubai’s coast along the Persian Gulf and along E 11 (Sheikh Zayed Road), connecting the sub-localities of Jumeirah (Jumeirah 1, 2, & 3).


The next stop is another prominent landmark in the City of Now: Atlantis, The Palm. This is undoubtedly one of the most luxurious resort hotels in the world; it is set on the iconic Palm Jumeirah island that allows a full view of the Arabian Gulf.


It’s one of the frontline landmarks that define Dubai’s beauty and modernity. A visit to the city won’t be complete without taking a groupie in front of it.

The same goes for our penultimate stop which is the, as in The Most Iconic Ladmark in Dubai: Burj Al Arab.


When I hear the word Dubai, the first thing that comes to mind is this burj. Really!

You could just tell by the warm fuzzies depicted in our striking pose behind it. We can’t help but take a photo of it because its iconic and it really makes for a perfect background or beach scenery.

We spent a total of 30 minutes feasting on the turquoise Persian Gulf’s offing with the 13th most expensive hotel in the universe on the side.

Then we zoomed off immediately to our final stop: Dubai Mall—the 6th largest and the biggest shopping mall in the world.

The Dubai Mall is nesting at the foot of the Burj Khalifa. This one was actually not included in our tour package. We only requested the tour operator to drop us at the place and was granted.

Our arrival at the mall was perfect time for lunch. But before we got in, I noticed this handsome thing flaunting its flair in front of the mall’s main door. Our sacs were already growling but being a collector of its toy version, I had to give the car the attention it deserves.

That would be all for now in this episode. I consider the Dubai Mall along with Souk Al Bahar and Burj Khalifa as Cyclopean Trinity. They have to be encapsulated in a separate blog post.

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. Mabel Kwong says:

    So you went for a swim in the morning right before your excursion around the city? Up and early and straight to exercise. So healthy even when you are on holiday. If it were me, I would be sleeping in until 10am or later and now, let’s not all learn from me…

    You did very well with your photos from the bus. Very crisp and also can’t see any reflection lights off your images. From your photos, it looks like Dubai is a bit smoggy….maybe it is the pollution or a bit of fog. Nevertheless, the magnificent city skyline and the buildings still hold their ground and shine through, all round.

    Magnificent turquoise water there. Again, you take such beautiful beach photos and make the warmth stand out. I can imagine how happy you were there – the sun, sea breeze, clear water all lapping up right at you. Also, again you pose very well for your shots and thumbs up to your iconic thumbs up sign. Your photos of the world are always on point, and so are you 🙂


    1. You’re making me melt, Mabel! But I’m taking it as a challenge to be worthy of all these compliments. Thank you very much for appreciating the works.

      Looks like we do have a lot in common. Today, you just made me realized how much of a nocturnal person you are (too).


      Dubai is really smoggy I must say and I charge it to pollution and frequent sandstorm. Good thing the skyscrapers are tall and big enough to be overshadowed.


      1. Mabel Kwong says:

        From your photos, you make Dubai look like it has very clean air, lol.

        You don’t have to challenge yourself to live up to those compliments. You are already those compliments.


      2. Mabel, you just left me speechless with that comment. I’ll do my best to live up to it even just to a degree. 🙂

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  2. Always a Foreigner says:

    Dubai looks fantastic! Thanks for the pictures, can’t wait to visit.


    1. Have you been there yet?


      1. Always a Foreigner says:

        No, not yet. Except on a plane layover which doesn’t really count.


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