|Al and I drove to Dubai two days before our flight left for Mauritius. Spring break is two weeks long. Lee is meeting us in Dubai and traveling to Mauritius as well. Arriving too early to check in to our hotel close to the airport, we left our bags and walked to the metro station near the hotel. We quickly learned the ropes of taking the metro to get from our hotel to the Deira area of Dubai. Being Friday, the streets were bare and the shops closed. Looking across the creek we noticed the Bur Dubai was a little more lively.
An Abra took us across the creek which was a bit of an adventure in itself. The boat is an old wooden boat with a wooden bench on both sides for people to sit. He loads quickly, then backs away from the dock just as another boat hits the side of our boat trying to get to the dock. Hang on everyone; a type of bumper boats game happens again while docking on the Bur Dubai side of the creek! To explore the narrow streets, museum, art area, markets and more the Lonely Planet suggests a walking tour along the creek that we plan on following in reverse.
The markets were crazy busy apparently because there are three cruise ships docked today. Al and I hurray to get through but not quite fast enough. I had touts place scarves, and shawls on my shoulder even after saying no thanks. I tried to hand it back but probably should have just kept walking. I'm sure they would have chased after me then to get it back.
Once out of the market area the streets became quiet enough for us to enjoy the small alleys, shops and a light lunch. Following lunch we returned to the Dubai museum as it was open by this time. Only 3 AED ($1 CAD) gets you in and it is well worth it.
I convince Al to come into a small Indian looking shop with fabrics, clothes and household goods. I ended up buying a sari and a top that Al picked out for me. I thought the top was a little roomy so the sales clerk said he could adjust it. When I said I was not coming back this way, he indicated it would take just 5 minutes; and it did. Nice!
Time to catch the Abra back across to the Deira side so we could take the metro back to the hotel where we will meet Lee. Dinner together and bed soon after completed this day.