Happy New Year!

Happy New Year and all the best in 2017! Best wishes with few more details from United Arab Emirates since there is one more Glimpse of Dubai to come on Tuesday, and than we'll be off to another destination in January. Make sure to follow and thus be notified of new posts in time. May … Continue reading Happy New Year!

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DUBAI: CELEBRATING NEW YEAR ALL YEAR ROUND (8)

After everything you have seen, heard and experienced, you try to sum up your impressions. A day to rest a bit, without touring around the city. And I have promised myself to try and have that machiato at the balcony, in a cafe on the promenade, outside, with newspapers in my hands – regardless to … Continue reading DUBAI: CELEBRATING NEW YEAR ALL YEAR ROUND (8)

DUBAI: GRAD U KOME JE STALNO NOVA GODINA (8)

Nakon svega što ste videli, čuli i iskusili, poslednjeg dana pokušate da sredite utiske – danas nema obilazaka i jurnjave. I zainatili ste se da popijete tu kafu na šetalištu, u bašti uz novine, pa makar skapali od vrućine. Doduše, inteligentno ste došli u osam ujutru, dok se još vlaga nije sasvim podigla. Jedan jedini … Continue reading DUBAI: GRAD U KOME JE STALNO NOVA GODINA (8)

Glimpses of Dubai (8) – FOR EUROPEANS ONLY

Friday night, taxi cars going in all directions, busy streets, crowded entrances to big hotels. We were going out for a drink, and to my surprise – we were headed to one of the hotels. Popular pubs are to be found there, my friends explained, even though somewhat “hidden”. A lot of people were coming … Continue reading Glimpses of Dubai (8) – FOR EUROPEANS ONLY

Crtice iz Dubaija (8) – SAMO ZA EVROPLJANE

Petak uveče, taksi vozila na sve strane, pune ulice, gužva na ulazima u velike hotele. Izašli smo na piće, i na moje iznenađenje, uputili se u jedan od hotela. Objasniše mi da se popularni „pabovi“ nalaze upravo tamo, iako su pomalo „skriveni“. Gužva na ulazu u hotel, nebrojeno mnogo automobila koji se ispred zaustavljaju. Hotel … Continue reading Crtice iz Dubaija (8) – SAMO ZA EVROPLJANE

DUBAI: QUICK STOP TO ABU DHABI, THERE LIES THE GRAND MOSQUE (7)

One of the things I have promised myself to visit, if I ever set foot onto Emirates’ soil, is the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. There was a TV documentary that I have seen couple of years back about the way the Mosque was built and it looked so grand and surreal, that … Continue reading DUBAI: QUICK STOP TO ABU DHABI, THERE LIES THE GRAND MOSQUE (7)

DUBAI: POGLED NA ABU DABI I NESTVARNA DŽAMIJA ŠEIKA ZAJEDA (7)

Dok smo fotografisali sve one džamije po Dubaiju, setimo se da smo u jednom od dokumentaraca svojevremeno gledali kako je građena jedna velelepna, bela, u blizini Abu Dabija, te nam je još tada prošlo kroz glavu kako ćemo sigurno, ako nas put ikad nanese na tu stranu sveta, to morati da vidimo uživo. A put … Continue reading DUBAI: POGLED NA ABU DABI I NESTVARNA DŽAMIJA ŠEIKA ZAJEDA (7)

Glimpses of Dubai (7) – HAVING A DRINK IN THE CITY

When it comes to going out for a drink in Dubai, well... It does require certain planning in advance. Wide range of restaurants, cafes in, let's say, public places (i.e. usually in shopping center or right next to it) do offer a great choice welcoming even the pickiest tourists. But if you occasionally want to … Continue reading Glimpses of Dubai (7) – HAVING A DRINK IN THE CITY

Crtice iz Dubaija (7) – KAKO DA ODETE NA PIĆE

Kada su u pitanju izlasci u Dubaiju, treba imati u vidu da to zahteva izvesno – planiranje unapred. Široka paleta restorana, kafića na „prometnim mestima“, odnosno najčešće u šoping centrima ili tik uz njih, nude veliki izbor i zadovoljiće i najprobirljivijeg turistu. Ipak, ako poželite da popijete čašu vina ili kriglu piva, ili bilo koje … Continue reading Crtice iz Dubaija (7) – KAKO DA ODETE NA PIĆE

Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, with few stunning details from Abu Dhabi!

DUBAI: CRUISING THE CREEK ON AN OLD SHIP (6)

Dubai Creek that separates two oldest districts – Deira and Bur Dubai, was actually home to the first inhabitants of this emirate. After Baniyas tribe came from Abu Dhabi, the new ruler at the time Sheikh Maktoum Bin Hashar Al Maktoum allowed various tax concessions for foreign traders at the end of 18th century. Those … Continue reading DUBAI: CRUISING THE CREEK ON AN OLD SHIP (6)

DUBAI: KRSTARENJE KRIKOM NA DRVENOM BRODU (6)

Takozvani Dubai Krik, koji odvaja najstarije delove grada – Deiru i Bur Dubai, udomio je i prve naseljenike ovog emirata. Nakon što su pripadnici plemena Banijas došli iz Abu Dabija, novi vladar Dubaija šeik Maktum bin Hašer al Maktum odobrio je krajem 18. veka poreske ustupke stranim trgovcima, čime je privukao mnoge koji su dotad … Continue reading DUBAI: KRSTARENJE KRIKOM NA DRVENOM BRODU (6)

Glimpses of Dubai (6) – WADDLING IN MEN’S TROUSERS

It so happened that I have made sudden plans to go to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi the next day. (You’ll find more about it in next week’s article posts). Local guides insisted that we should “make sure to dress accordingly”, to wear long sleeves and trousers. Appropriate scarves would be given … Continue reading Glimpses of Dubai (6) – WADDLING IN MEN’S TROUSERS

Crtice iz Dubaija (6) – MLATARANJE MUŠKIM NOGAVICAMA

Pogodilo se da sam naprasno odlučila da sutradan odem u Abu Dabi da vidim Veliku džamiju šeika Zajeda. (Više o tome u nastavku novinskog teksta iduće nedelje.) Lokalni vodiči su nas savetovali da treba da budemo “propisno odeveni”, uz duge rukave i nogavice, dodavši da ćemo na ulazu dobiti i marame. Ovo se ne propušta! … Continue reading Crtice iz Dubaija (6) – MLATARANJE MUŠKIM NOGAVICAMA

DUBAI: IRANIAN MOSQUE IN MIDST OF ARABIC HAGGLING (5)

You do remember that you have seen couple of domes from the bus, one being decorated with blue and green ornaments, and it was indicated by the guide that „behind the building on your right“ there is the largest mosque in Dubai, but also the Iranian one, Indian etc. The bus doesn’t stop there. But … Continue reading DUBAI: IRANIAN MOSQUE IN MIDST OF ARABIC HAGGLING (5)

DUBAI: IRANSKA DŽAMIJA I ŠARM ARAPSKIH TRGOVACA (5)

Setite se da ste iz „big basa“ videli dve-tri kupole džamija, od kojih se jedna ističe plavo-zelenim ornamentima, a vodič vam je tek naznačio da se „iza zgrada sa vaše desne strane“ nalaze najveća džamija u Dubiju, te iranska šiitska, kao i indijska, ali se autobus tu maltene ne zaustavlja. A vama je oko otišlo … Continue reading DUBAI: IRANSKA DŽAMIJA I ŠARM ARAPSKIH TRGOVACA (5)

Glimpses of Dubai (5) – TURNING HISTORY INTO AMUSEMENT PARK

Having in mind that I come from Serbia-Europe and that by “places to visit” I a priori think of monuments, great archaeological ruins, traces of cultural heritage that date back thousands of years, I was a bit surprised by being referred to shopping malls by default. Since I have been persistent, a museum was recommended, … Continue reading Glimpses of Dubai (5) – TURNING HISTORY INTO AMUSEMENT PARK

Crtice iz Dubaija (5) – KAD ISTORIJA STANE U “ZABAVNI PARK”

Imajući u vidu da sam iz Srbije, Evrope, i da pod “šta posetiti” u nekoj zemlji a priori pomislim na spomenike, značajna arheološka nalazišta, ostatke kulturnog nasleđa koji datiraju hiljadama godina unazad – bila sam donekle zbunjena kada su me ovde prvo uputili na šoping centre. Pošto sam im dosađivala, na kraju mi preporučiše glavni … Continue reading Crtice iz Dubaija (5) – KAD ISTORIJA STANE U “ZABAVNI PARK”

DUBAI: LOST IN THE OLD DISTRICT… (4)

Not many mosques are to be found in modern, recently built districts that date back a decade or two. You do not hear those five calls to prayer by Muslim preacher, imam, every day. Although Dubai is proud to have 500 mosques, they are usually situated in old districts. One of them, in Al Satwa, … Continue reading DUBAI: LOST IN THE OLD DISTRICT… (4)

DUBAI: A KAD ZALUTATE U STAROM DELU GRADA… (4)

Ono što upada u oči, naročito u delovima grada koji su izgrađeni u poslednjih deceniju-dve i gde dominiraju moderne višespratnice, jeste činjenica da ćete naići tek na poneku džamiju. Ne čuje se ni muslimanski poziv na molitvu pet puta dnevno. Iako Dubai ima 500 džamija, one se uglavnom nalaze u „starijim“ delovima grada. Jedna takva … Continue reading DUBAI: A KAD ZALUTATE U STAROM DELU GRADA… (4)