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Old 17th April 2010, 10:31   #1
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Default A 7 day trip to Dubai !!!

Hey guys, just returned after a 7 day trip to Dubai & I JUST LOVED THE PLACE. to all bhpians from Dubai, the place rocks!

Dubai is a wonderful country if you love to shop. its filled with malls & shopping centres & you get the best products in the world. though i was more in a mood of sight seeing & less shopping, the only thing i bought for myself was a sony erricsson Xperia X10.

the locals in dubai are very nice, kind & give lots of respect to us. the first thing i noticed when i arrived at the dubai airport & was walking towards the car park was that zebra crossings do actually mean something here. i was waiting at a crossing & busy checking my phone when i noticed that a taxi was standing there, waiting for me to cross!

not just in airports, but in dubai, pedestrians are given a lot of respect. almost all the car owners come to a halt (except in major highways!) when they see a pedestrian crossing. this is one thing which impressed me a lot.

dubai is a place which is a must visit for car enthusiasts. i roamed around in a prado, CRV, montero, toyota avalon, X5 & even a short drive in a chevy suburban... ooooh, i love this car! this is what is actually a beast!
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dubai is filled with gorgeous malls & each & every building in dubai is a high rise tower! all with exquisite lighting & the most modern architecture. not to forget the famous burj khalifa tower & the awesome burj al dubai hotel.

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exotic towers and cars are abundant in dubai, infact so much, that you get used to a 80 storey tower or a ferrari after some time!

talking about cars, i have seen a phantom, lambo, ferrari enzo, california, many porches & 350Zs, mustangs, etc in dubai. porches & "smaller" exotics are spread in every mall's parking lots.

among indian cars, i saw 1 alto & 5 scorpios.

the dubai mall & the mall of emirates is worth a visit. ski dubai is a place where you must go, its basically an artificial snow park.
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i wanted to go for desert safari but i dint get the time.

rest of the narrations later, i am attaching some pics randomly. guys, i am not a professional photographer, these are just some pics from a digicam.
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Tata? Ashok Leyland? Does Tata sell passenger cars in Dubai or just commerical vehicles?
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some more pics & more pics to follow in subsequent posts-
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@ smartcat: only commercial vehicles as far as i know.
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Raj,
Nice pics. Amazed to see hamara Bajaj Pulsar and Swift, scorching the roads in Dubai
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Nice pics. Amazed to see hamara Bajaj Pulsar and Swift, scorching the roads in Dubai
You can see lot of Swift and Alto in UAE.

Tata and Leyland sell only buses.

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yes, lot of swifts can be found in UAE.

tatas & AL sells only buses. by the way, their battered buses look disgusting in comparison to the other & commonly found mitsubishi & even chinese buses!
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Fantastic. Loved to see the Swift, Hero Honda, Pulsar, Tata & AL dealerships in a foriegn land. Just asking out of curiosity, what're the legal city & highway speed limits? Will the Pulsar's be allowed on highways? I'm under the impression that due to the high speed driving limits these single cylinder motorcycles may not be allowed on the highways. Is this true? Could you enlighten me pls?
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these pulsars & unicorns are only used by delivery boys.

the minimum speed limit on the highway is 60 & max speed limit is 100 (because of the huge number of accidents which happen). so these bikes keep the right most lane & happily cruise at 70-90 kmph.
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That's good. I was under the impression that the highway speed limit in Dubai is 140 Kmph. Isn't that true or was it used to be? Pls post some pics of trucks; did you happen to spot any Scania's & Volvo's? Posting of local cuisine will do some justice too
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Ah, i have already returned and i dont have much pics of the local cuisine. i was mostly on indian cuisine as i am a vegetarian!

yes, in trucks most of them were scanias, mitsubishis & some chinese makes too.
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Are they giving visitor visas or do they require sponsorship from local resident.
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by the way, their battered buses look disgusting in comparison to the other & commonly found mitsubishi & even chinese buses!
Indian buses are used to ferry Indian Labourers mostly.
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Ah, i have already returned and i dont have much pics of the local cuisine. i was mostly on indian cuisine as i am a vegetarian!
Me too vegetarian, so how did you manage? Could you share some experiences? I heard its difficult for a veggie to survive in Gulf. I hope there were Subways.

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yes, in trucks most of them were scanias, mitsubishis & some chinese makes too.
Pictures pls?

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Are they giving visitor visas or do they require sponsorship from local resident.
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Are they giving visitor visas or do they require sponsorship from local resident.

Indian buses are used to ferry Indian Labourers mostly.
we had our relatives over there (we are kerelites ), so visa was not a problem for us!

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Me too vegetarian, so how did you manage? Could you share some experiences? I heard its difficult for a veggie to survive in Gulf. I hope there were Subways.
no, its not at all difficult. yes, if you go to dominos & Mc donalds, veg options are very limited. but there are many indian restaurants & you have every variety of veg dishes available. so it not at all difficult for veggies to survive.

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sadly, no pics.
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we had our relatives over there (we are kerelites ), so visa was not a problem for us!
If you don't mind, could you pls elaborate on the details of obtaining visa & the cost involved; just asking out of curiosity so you can opt not to answer. I'll be glad either ways
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