My 33rd birthday in the "Manhattan of the desert".
Of course, never a place or a city is futile. I just wanted to understand with you if really Dubai can be considered the Manhattan of the desert as I heard from many. Honestly Dubai has never been in my Top 10 list but I was very happy to be there as the first trip of 2017. Firstly, at that time, Janaury/february 2017 we really needed a good relax, we were tired and we just needed to have fun, so that?s why we chose Dubai. Second, it was a good stop for the next destination, so why not few days there? Manhattan of the desert, Oriental Las Vegas , all definitions I wanted to confirm or not because I have been in both New York and Las Vegas. What?s my verdict? I will always come back in NYC and Las Vegas, but I believe I won?t go back in Dubai.
I have to admit I have always been in love with the United States, so maybe my judge is not fair, but in this case I strongly believe that saying ?America is always America? is not too much. If for lots of people Las Vegas is too bizarre, be ready for Dubai, this is ten times more extravagant and absurdly awkward and hard to visit. At least in Las Vegas you have just one street, The strip, and you walk up and down and that?s the story. Dubai is a confusion of streets, everywhere buildings in construction and crossing one of these streets is a challenge. I need Google Map to show you what I mean. After more than 45 minutes we walked along the Dubai Mall, we learnt we needed to go back at the beginning because the only entrance of the metro was inside the Dubai Mall (where we came from). Yes, I know, New York too is very busy and chaotic city, but your remember the pleasure to walk in NYC all around, maybe for hours? Do remember the traffic in the middle of Time Square with yellow cabs everywhere and lots of conduits with smoke coming out? Do you remember the charm and magic? Exactly, no charm in this artificial place.
So why you should go to Dubai?
Because as I said no place is futile and it’s part of this planet too and a traveller wants to see everything.
Because it has something to tell, to show and to teach too. Negative or positive.
Because is very close to Europe (if you are from Europe) if you don’t have time to go to Las Vegas.
Because despite my judgement not very positive, we explored, we saw and took many pictures. So we travelled.