August 27, 2014
Dubai, the City of Gold: a photo tour
Enjoying the array of gold available for purchase at one of the many shops in Dubai’s Old Gold Souk
Dubai is one amazing city! Skyscrapers abound, and the construction of new buildings shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. It is difficult to fathom, that just a short time ago, Dubai was more desert than buildings. It is thanks to this rapid explosion of growth, along with Dubai’s prominent position in today’s world of business, that it has gained the nickname the “City of Gold”. (Possibly a nod, also, to Dubai’s renowned Gold Souk?) It is in this land of bigger, better, taller, that Dubai currently holds over 140 Guinness Book of World Records, including everything from the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, to the world’s most expensive cocktail (costing $9,000) served at the beautiful Burj al Arab’s, Skyview Bar. So it should not have been a surprise, upon checking into our hotel, when we were informed that this Marriott was the tallest hotel in the world. Not knowing this beforehand, the news came as a pleasant revelation, as we arrived for my hubby’s week of business meetings. Unbeknownst to us, we were about to spend a wonderful week at this lovely hotel, filled with restaurants of gastronomic proportions, and armed with a hotel staff whose splendid customer service rivaled that of the gold standard of all customer service, Walt Disney World. When venturing out of the hotel confines, we delighted in some of the sights and sounds that this vibrant city has to offer. Please, sit back, relax, and join me, as I share with you a pictorial recap of our recent Dubai adventure. To read more in detail on Dubai, click on the blue links scattered throughout this post.
The metamorphosis of Dubai’s landscape in just 23 years! Photo courtesy of The Business Insider
Construction is evident from the view out the window from the JW Marriott Marquis’s top/72nd floor.
There is much construction in Dubai, and it never seems to stop, continuing 24 hours per day.
Note the Burj al Arab, the sail shaped building next to the sea in the distance, in the very top, center, of the photo.
(You may need to click on the photo to enlarge it, to see it.)
Looking up at the two wings of the JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai. The complex is shaped similar to the letter “U”.
This Marriott is currently the tallest hotel in the world.
While enjoying the Kitchen 6’s huge breakfast buffet, daily at the hotel, I fell in love with the tea timer that is brought to each table whenever tea is ordered. When I inquired where I could purchase a tea timer, the manager presented me with one!
I found a similar Perfect Tea Timer on Amazon.com, if you just have to have one, like I did. :o)
The Malls and the Aquarium
First things first!
Dale enjoys a “for real” American hamburger, at The Cheesecake Factory at the Dubai Mall, just after our arrival in Dubai.
(Having been overseas for a while, it was our first hamburger in some time. YUM!)
The Dubai Fountain, coordinated to music, is a sight to see, especially at sunset, just outside the Dubai Mall.
The Burj Khalifa sits next to the Dubai Mall and Dubai Fountain.
Dale and I went to the Mall of the Emirates one evening, another of the many malls to visit in Dubai,
I found the architecture and windowed ceiling beautiful.
The Old Gold Souk
Standing at the entrance to Dubai’s Old Gold Souk.
Walking through the numerous gold shops that sell 18k, 22k amd 24k gold, in the Old Gold Souk.
Allison Hayes stars as the 50-foot woman in Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman (1958)
A Quick Visit to the Atlantis
A photo of the imposing Atlantis, taken from the monorail as we left Palm Island.
An aerial photo of Palm Island with the Atlantis Hotel at the top of the “tree”, on the ring around the palm tree.
Photo courtesy of http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/dubai/8697231/Trouble-in-paradise-as-plumbing-problems-hit-Dubais-Palm-island.html
Watch this episode of Megastructures to see the building of the manmade Palm Island.
Duty Free Walnuts and Banana Bread
Alice’s Banana Bread
This recipe is courtesy of The Summit Springs Inn, Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania
Dale and I have stayed at this charming, quiet, single-family cabin, 15 minutes from Gettysburg, a couple of times, and each time, a loaf of this moist, tasty banana bread was waiting for us upon arrival.
The proprietor, Alice, kindly gave me the recipe.
1 cup white sugar
½ cup butter, softened
½ cup buttermilk
2½ cups of flour
1teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of baking powder
2-3 very ripe bananas, mashed
½ cup of chopped walnuts
Cream together the first three ingredients of sugar, butter and eggs, until light and fluffy
(About two minutes)
Add alternately the flour mixture and buttermilk
(The mixture will be thick.)
Add mashed bananas and chopped walnuts
Grease two loaf pans, and divide batter evenly into pans.
Bake at 350 (325 in glass) for about 50 -60 minutes.
Test at 50 minutes (Ovens may vary)
Place toothpick into middle, making sure that it comes out clean.
Makes two loaves
This sliced banana bread is good toasted, too!
To read more about Dubai, please click on the link below to one of my earlier blogs.
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