Souk time! Hidden amongst the “not-so resorty area” of Dubai is a delicious gem called the Hasaen Restaurant. If you find this place, EAT THERE! This was a bit off the main Gold Souk drag.
We walked in and heads turned in wonderment as Brad and I tried to gesture we wanted to eat. The seating arrangement reminded me of places I’ve been in Japan where personal space doesn’t matter. It’s to maximize space rather than having our own individualized table. It wasn’t too crowded so Brad and I actually got a table of our own. The communication was very minimal between us and the waiter, but somehow we were able to get across, “Bring us whatever you think is good!”
He came back with the standard Arabic Bread and 3 small bowls of beef, chicken, and fish. On the side came a plate of cabbage, onion, and cucumber, all of which you topped with a squeeze of lemon. This meal was by far my favorite and coincidentally the cheapest! It was DELICIOUS… and eating with my hands is always a plus!
After we had our fill, we cruised the Gold and Spice Souk. Again, the workers are very demanding trying to get you in their store especially in the Gold Souk. The workers in the Spice Souk were very chill. It’s amazing how cheap saffron is outside of the states.
After a lovely time melting in the heat, we taxi’d it to the Burj Kalifa. We wanted to feel on top of the world!
The Burj stands 2,717 feet tall. Because there aren’t many buildings surrounding it you can’t understand its magnitude unless you compare it to other buildings across the world. Not only does Burj win for the tallest building, it also wins for fastest elevator in the world going 40 mph. My favorite part of going to the top was the triumphant music they played. Move aside crappy Mervyn’s music this was the Rocky of all elevators. Might as well have played Eye of the Tiger on the way up.
As the day was winding down we met up with our crew and had another enjoyable night out on the town. The next day was a bitter sweet as we knew it was our last, but it was another day closer to us being back together again. Overall, Dubai was a great experience and was priceless to see my love again.