When we got to Delhi we were considering whether to visit Taj Mahal or not. It would mean a two-day trip to Agra (you can do it in one day from, but then the place might get crowded and you miss the sunrise) and Risto was quite sick. However, his condition was getting better, and we decided to book a flight to Goa on 18th, so a two-day trip to Agra got possible. And many of those train station scammers told us that visiting Taj Mahal is a must, so why shouldn't we believe them.
Dubai Metro saves the budget traveler in this congested metropolis. We brought together an information package about Dubai metro and public transport. Take a look at the subway lines, prices for the various Metro Cards, and things you shouldn't do when using the public transport in Dubai.
The flight from Dubai to Delhi went surprisingly well, taking Risto’s condition into account. The combination of painkillers and antibiotics must have done their job. We sat next to a young man from North India who had been working in Dubai for two years, and now got to go home and see his son. He was so excited that the joy got into us as well.
Dubai is a great place to use money, lots of money. Spending a thousand euros is not enough to stay even one night in Burj Al Arab, the most famous 5-star hotel in the city. A short helicopter ride will cost you 500-1000 AED (120-240 EUR). Visiting the level 148 of Burj Khalifa will set you back 370 AED (90 EUR). Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, 120 AED (32 EUR). If you don’t want or can’t use that kind of money during your stay, here is our five budget friendly tips for you in Dubai.
When we left our hotel room, perhaps the first notion we had was, where are all the women? In the UAE roughly 69 % of population is male, and in Dubai the ratio is even more skewed with more than 75 % males. This is due to work-related immigration of males from countries like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Philippines. The Deira area, where our hotel was located, is popular among these expats, which provides even more reasoning for our amazement.
As our schedule ended up being so tight, we did not really get to know the basic information about our destination. United Arab Emirates is the country number 28 on list of countries we have visited together, and quite certainly the country we knew the least about, when we arrived. Back in Finland we had checked the weather, basic safety situation, where to get a sim card and location of our hotel in relation to Dubai international airport. Otherwise we were as ignorant as possible.
This year, we celebrated Finnish Independence Day unlike normal, leaving the country just before the hand shaking ceremony in the presidential palace. Yes, Finnish elite waits patiently for their turn to give compliments and shake hands with our President every year. For years, we have planned this journey in our minds. But the trip began, just as we should have guessed, in dreadful chaos.