United Arab Emirates

Dubai

Impressions from Dubai: chic, good night life, you see and feel money everywhere, extreme A/C indoors with a striking contrast to the 40C outside, feels a bit like the “truman show”, a bit like “Las Vegas”, a bit like the terminal” but instead of a terminal life goes on inside the malls and the hotels….impressive what money and men can make in the middle of a desert…but…if you like nature, walking on the street, cycling rather then driving everywhere, sometimes feel like dressing simple, living simple, breathing the crisp and fresh air, it then feels like a luxury prison. dressing simple, living simple, breathing the crisp and fresh air, it then feels like a luxury prisondressing simple, living simple, breathing the crisp and fresh air, it then feels like a luxury prison.

Impressions from Muscat: one of the most tolerant places in the Arab peninsula, kind people with good english skills. You can see they are trying hard to pull the tourists to Oman, building new facilities, being tolerant to foreigners…BUT…I couldn’t help being sad and offended by how women are supressed, restricted, hidden behind black burqas, even the face hidden behind a black veil, making it impossible to breath in the 40C while men breath freely, walk freely, act freely…how men stare at a bare arm and hair as if it is an interesting object, as if they don’t have these body parts themselves, how still in this century men make rules and women follow, and they are not able to share life equally and how hipocracy is nerveracking…it is in the words of a taxi driver in white traditional dress “I go to Thailand a lot, I go to bars to have a drink…etc etc.. thanks for talking to me, thanks for not being afraid I am a man..” me: “why would I be afraid to talk to a man? are we not all human?!”

Going back to my lovely Amsterdam tonight, appreciating freedom of speech, freedom to dress as you like, act as you like, civilized society, bare arms, bare legs, beautiful faces not hidden behind veils, hair flowing over our shoulders, smiling to each other, talking to each other, kissing, hugging as you wish, being equal, being human…. Long live secularism! Long live human freedom!

Impressions from Muscat: one of the most tolerant places in the Arab peninsula, kind people with good english skills. You can see they are trying hard to pull the tourists to Oman, building new facilities, being tolerant to foreigners…BUT…I couldn’t help being sad and offended by how women are supressed, restricted, hidden behind black burqas, even the face hidden behind a black veil, making it impossible to breath in the 40C while men breath freely, walk freely, act freely…how men stare at a bare arm and hair as if it is an interesting object, as if they don’t have these body parts themselves, how still in this century men make rules and women follow, and they are not able to share life equally and how hipocracy is nerveracking…it is in the words of a taxi driver in white traditional dress “I go to Thailand a lot, I go to bars to have a drink…etc etc.. thanks for talking to me, thanks for not being afraid I am a man..” me: “why would I be afraid to talk to a man? are we not all human?!”

Going back to my lovely Amsterdam tonight, appreciating freedom of speech, freedom to dress as you like, act as you like, civilized society, bare arms, bare legs, beautiful faces not hidden behind veils, hair flowing over our shoulders, smiling to each other, talking to each other, kissing, hugging as you wish, being equal, being human…. Long live secularism! Long live human freedom!

Inside Atlantis Nobu rest, near Dubai mall Abdulwahab, Lubnan rest, Medinat Jumeira rest meat & co, near burj al arab. Zuma rest. Dubai mall , Mall of the Emirates. Desert trip. Water show at the entrance of Dubai mall is nice in the evenings.

October 2013

Top Experiences

  • Grosvenor Hotel

    a nice hotel plus they have a Buddha Bar. Bar 44. Dizzying views of new Dubai, Al Sufouh road.

  • Blue Marlin - bar, club
  • 360 Degrees

    open-air, out-to-sea rooftop bar within spitting distance of the famed Burj Al Arab. Jumeriah Beach Hotel.

  • Barasti

    Le Meridien Mina Seyahi, puzzlingly the shorelined city’s only real beach bar.

  • Burj al Arab

    top floor cocktail bar, where you can gaze at the city’s garishness.

  • Boudoir

    Jumeriah Beach Resort.

  • Cavalli Club

    Fairmont Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Rd.

  • Bastakia quarter

    old town Arap Mahallesi.

  • El yapimi adalar, Palm Jumeirah

    old town Arap Mahallesi.

  • Burn halide icin Dubai mall

    Emirates mall (ski center)