(Day 2 in Dubai)
There is a secret that I discovered in this trip.
I guess this time round, I am seeing the “other” side of Dubai, where the streets are dirty (same level of standard KL streets), the streets are narrow and there are more Indians than the original “UAEans”. It is both an eye opener and also a welcome change, for some of the food and items are cheap compared to the usual expensive Dubai shopping experience and also the fact that a “rich” nation Dubai does has it’s own version of downtown Harlem or Malaysia’s downtown Sentul.
The hotel that we are staying…well, let’s not call it a hotel although there is the word “hotel” in it’s name prominently displayed on the front of the building. It is rather a low cost service apartment. Low cost here means low cost in Dubai standard of course – costing 350 Dhrs (that almost RM350 per night!). It does not have the usual “luxury” facilities of other well-to-do hotels in Dubai but it does have a clean & comfortable bed, a working toilet and a TV with a Hindi channel. And yes, it also have a small kitchen but looking at the state of the kitchen, we rather spend extra cash eating outside. Further, none of us are great cook – we will only mess up the kitchen further. Trust us…it has happened before.
Opting to eat outside wearing a simple short sleeve T-shirt was a big mistake though. We were hungry and decided for a quick break before continuing with our work. When we walked from the building, it was freezing – as if we have walked from a warm area and into a very cold room. To make the matter worse, there is a highway nearby the office and this cause heavy wind to be blowing towards us. Cold!
Mental note – bring the sweater to work place.
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