Category Archives: Travel – Middle East

A Tour of Dubai

I’m planning on a trip to UAE later this fall to visit Jessica. Have a look at some of the fantastic things we can line up to do. There are a lot of touristy and fun things to do and explore; she says she is waiting for someone to come visit before spending the money to do some of them. However, she has been exploring the area some – like an awesome all day yacht excursion with friends while we freeze in north Missouri. ūüėČ


Ultimate Tour (1)

Dubai is very large city with a lot of things to see and do. That being said, it was really hard for me to narrow down what I wanted to put on my itinerary. The most lucrative thing for those who want to move around and have viable transportation, is to get a Hop on Hop off ticket with Big Bus Tours. Having a 48 hour ticket was my saving grace in managing this bustling city.

The pass has 3 major line tours: City, beach and Marina. In addition, there is a Palm Island Drive that will take you around the Palm Jumeirah, A Flamingo Lagoon Discovery Tour, a Sharjah Tour, and a Desert Sunset Tour. These last 4 items are good for 14 days from the date of your ticket purchase. So even if you cannot get to them on the days your ticket is good for, you still…

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Gasp! Whew – stay calm.

Recently, our eldest, (daughter Jessica) visited and toured Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque¬†located in¬†Abu Dhabi¬†and although¬†a long way from our home in north Missouri, it’s not¬†far from her current residency in Dubai, UAE. ¬†For about $11¬†roundtrip, the two hour each way trip by bus is a bargain! ¬†Car rental is reasonable as well and requires an international driver’s permit.

Admittedly, when she posted these photos of her dressed in an abaya and shaya, it set me back a nano second. ¬†We just don’t expect to see her dressed in such. ¬†However, it is required cover for visiting the mosque – i would do it, too. ¬†Woman¬†can¬†borrow the long dress (abaya) and headscarf (shaya) from the service center at the mosque. ¬†More information about visiting this stunning mosque can be found at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center