Mosque Sharjah. シャルジャのモスク A view from Tarek's APT.タレックの窓から見える景色。
I think that everyone feels strange when you are somewhere different from your daily-life. When I woke up and saw this view, I felt absolutely strange but in a nice way.... (photo by Marinka) We heard prayers everyday from the mospue... they start praying around 4:00 a.m.
Almost everything is written in Arabic and English in Dubai. There is an IKEA in Deira City Center. ドバイのほとんど全ての表記はアラビア語と英語。デイラシティーセンターに隣接する世界のIKEAの看板もご覧のとおり。
Tarek came home at noon to give us a ride. Dubai... You have to have a car to go around or take taxi. There is a public bus system but I would be crazy to be stuck in such a heavy traffic everyday. Everyday in the morning, at noon and evening... all 5-6 car laines are filled up cars cars cars.... Anyway, today is Saturday but our friend, Tarek, is working. He will work tomorrow as well. Why? Because Islamic countrys' holiday is FRIDAY! got it?
A night view of SOUK MADINAT JUMEIRAH. ジュメイラエリアの夜景。
The first day in Dubai was nice. We spent almost half of the day in a big shopping mall then we went to this cozy restaurant PISCES. SOUK MADINAT JUMEIRAH carries more than 100 shops and restaurants and PISCES is the one of them. We were wearing just jeans and T-shirts, so when we arrived the restaurants, we felt a bit silly... because it was a classy nice restaurant and pretty much everyone dressed up nicely. However, their food was nice and service was good, too. We realized that our night life in Dubai will be very spoiled... good food and drinks... so easy to get them in Dubai. 半日を巨大ショッピングセンターで過ごした後はジュメイラビーチへ移動。２００４年に完成した、Medinat Jumeirahにあるレストラン、PISCESでディナーをとることにしました。予約の電話を入れると、シークレットコードをメモするように言われました…。おそらく入り口でお客のチェックをするためかと思われます。レストランの中へ通され周囲を見渡すと、ドレスアップした人ばかり…。ジーンズとTシャツの私たちでも通してくれたのでホッしましたが…。食事はなかなかおいしかったですよ。サービスもなかなか良く、贅沢な時間を過ごせる場所かな。お勘定？シャンペン３グラス、ワイン１本、メインディッシュ３皿、デザート３皿で１２００Dhs。日本円で多分４万円ちょいくらい…。ドバイではおいしい食べ物があふれていて、サービスも行き届いていますので快適に外食も楽しめると思います。
ーTips for trip. 旅いんふぉー
DEIRA CITY CENTER: You can spend easily your day in this shopping mall. They also have a cinema complex, Carrefour, IKEA in the complex. (Al-Garhoud Rd.)ドバイクリークの側にある巨大ショッピングセンター。他にホテル、映画館、カルフール、IKEAも入っている。
SOUK MADINAT JUMEIRAH: Hotel, Beach, Shops, Restaurants,,,you can spend romantic time in the spot.(Al-Sufouh Rd)ジュメイラビーチに２００４年完成した。市場をイメージして作られたこの一帯にはホテル、レストラン、カフェ、バー、ショップなどいろいろ入っている。夜はなかなかロマンチックかな。
Construction ( From Sharjah to Dubai)建設ラッシュ（シャルジャからドバイへ行く途中）
Dubai is a growing city. Many people know about the island "Palm". They are still constructing and building more buildings. Not only the Palm, they are also making 2 more artificail islands and constructing the entire down-town Dubai. You will see their urban planning is going crazy and way above our imagination. Some of you may be disappointed by seeing all these too much construction everywehere...but imagine if you come back here 5years later...it will be amazing city. We also noticed that all workers in Dubai are from south-east Asia, India, Pakistan etc... we hardly see native UAE women working in shops, hotels, restaurants. Yes, this is a big labor market for there people from Asian counties. However, they are well-trained in many ways and they speak good English. We even saw men who are absolutely from UAE and asking questions in English to buy a phone in a shop. Dubai is really an exception, really. We saw many western women who wore short skirts or no-sleeve shirts which are banned in Islamic countries. At the same time, you see women who covered up themselves by black clothes, even eyes... Dubai is growing toward WEST.