Monday, February 23, 2009

What to Do?

As we head towards March, and warmer weather (it’s already steadily climbing up to 28 during the day) we find ourselves in visitor season here in Dubai. Ever the gallant hostess, this means compiling various ‘Visitor Guides’ and itineraries to entertain the troops.

Dubai is an odd place in some ways. You have to pre-plan a lot of what you want to do, partly because you cannot really walk anywhere. Not as in Manchester, where you can wake up, step out of the house/apartment, and in my case, straight into the hustle and bustle of the city – and just see where the day takes you. Here, you inevitably have to drive or take a taxi, so some planning is required.

Everyone wants to see the Burj, of course, thanks to it being such a global landmark and there’s no denying, it is a visual spectacle, and has to be experienced to be believed. What else to do with guests? Well, there’s the Open Top Bus Tour – those who know me know that I make it a priority to go on these wherever I am in the world – I’ve even been on the Manchester one at least twice. Apart from all the fascinating facts that you learn (yes, I am a geek) you are high up enough to be able to have a good neb into people’s houses (or enormous villas here) and also construction sites, to see what on earth they are attempting to build.

And what else to do? Well I don’t want to ruin the surprise for those who are Dubai-bound in the next few months. You’ll have to have faith in the tried and trusted Harvarde “caring and leadership” qualities!

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