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Dubai - Licious

It's almost like a grand potluck party happened in Dubai where different nations that came, left a dish behind.

travel Updated: May 26, 2011 11:32 IST
Rene Verma
Rene Verma

It's almost like a grand
potluck party happened in
Dubai where different nations
that came, left a dish behind.
Not merely a dish, but some
indigenous flavours, peculiar
habits, architectural influences
and traditions that assimilated
together ever so lovingly and
rather effortlessly.

The multiculturalism is the first thing that strikes you, after the dizzyingly high sky scrapers of course. When in Dubai, reserve a day for the desert safari. It feels like a simulator ride in a jeep with deflated tyres. The driver wants to throw you up and about on the desert highs and lows. If you aren't the adventurous sorts, dress up as Sheikhs and get clicked with a falcon perched on your knuckles. A fun picture for the keeps! Squat on puffy cushions on sand and enjoy drinks and appetisers. Quad biking for brash teenagers with little ones as pillions, Arabic food for foodies and camel rides to keep the kids busy while you enjoy the belly dancing.

Pack your sunscreens, energy drinks, hats, swimming costumes and some courage and head to the water park at Atlantis. Grab a tube and float in the lazy river before you hop on to the wavy slides and dark tunnels. If you are the Delhi dare devil type, climb on to the 27 meters high, almost vertical leap of faith.

If water is not your thing, try ice. Ski Dubai in the Mall of the Emirates is a one of it's kind indoor ski resort. Get clicked in the snowy backdrop while you shop in the mall or experience the chill first hand in the snow glass house. Either ways, it is lots of fun. Book your tickets in advance for Burj Khalifa- the tallest building in the world. They whisk you in a super fast elevator to the observation deck on the 124 th floor from where you can see as far as 95 kms of illuminated buildings and the sea shore that is oh- so- sublime.

And the last day, well, shop. Mercato and Madinat offer a magic carpet ride through the night bazaars and streets . Visit them for their sheer beauty. And Dubai Mall and the Mall of the Emirates for serious, brand shopping. Evening, hit the JBR, walk in your sundresses and enjoy your coffee with the coastal wind gently nudging your tresses. Drive to Marina walk for your lastshisha puffs al fresco. Get a taste of their night life at the exquisite Buddha bar. A word of caution: dare not try putting up your collar lest you're denied entry because you are not appropriately dressed or are underage.

Oh Really?
People don't pose with Lamborginis and yachts that are parked as modestly as our very own Bajaj Chetaks.
Hypermarkets called Lulu have facial scrubs stocked as high as Burj Khalifa itself and while crossing the toll bridge deductions are automatically made.
Sex on the beach (unless you mention it's the cocktail you want) might land you in jail.
If you forget where you parked your car in the Dubai mall parking, you got to get back home and lodge an FIR. Only the police can locate it in the infinite parking lot.
You can hire a porter at a standard 20 Dhs who will drag your luggage and check it in while you collect your last glimpses or wave your last byes to teary eyed relatives.

First Published: May 26, 2011 11:32 IST