When traveling I like to soak up as much cultural experience as possible. Since this was my first visit to the Middle East or a predominantly Muslim country I had to visit a mosque. Luckily, the Jumeirah Mosque which is the most photographed mosque in Dubai, allows non-Muslims to visit the mosque as long as they dress modest. Unfortunately, I was unable to visit during the days and times that the tours are conducted but viewing the architecture of the mosque from the outside was a great experience.
Me outside of the Mosque
The mosque can accommodate up to 1,200 worshippers and is built entirely with white stones in the Medieval Fatimid tradition. It is beautifully constructed with the towering minarets and a central dome. It’s a pity I was not able to experience the mosque at night when it’s lighted up but there’s always next time.
En route to Tanzania I opted to fly Emirates and layover in Dubai to A. experience flying with Emirates and B. visit Dubai. Dubai is the layover hub for Asia and Africa. The tourism industry is so widespread that tour companies cater to tourists on layovers.
I booked a private city tour in which I was picked up from the airport and escorted around. My flight landed early morning so I was able to get out before the heat became unbearable. The tour was a great overview as I must admit that I did not have time to really plan the logistics or must see sights.
The first stop was the famous souks (Arabic market where goods are sold and exchanged). The spice souks smelled of spices which was rather refreshing to me.
We then took an abbra (wooden boat) across the creek to the gold souks. The abbra ride was about 10 minutes and was an incredible cool down from the heat.
The gold souk is the most expensive market that I have been to. Store fronts were lined with gold to the point that it was had taking good pictures because of the glare.
Guinness Book of World Records largest ring
With the city tour I was able to visit all the city’s major highlights. More to come!