Dubai is an amazing experience. You simply don’t know where to look and after some attempts a decision has been made to take a hop-on-hop-off bus.
That sounds like a lazy option for uninterested tourists but that is not the case. It is a practical solution if you just have four days to see a lot and still want to spend some time exploring places where the bus doesn’t come. So what are those places? Well, for instance Abu Dhabi with the Louvre is just a bit too far away for a hop-on-hop-off bus, so that was certainly worth a daytrip. The way the museum is build is art by itself but once you enter it, is good that a timeline is guiding you trough different rooms with carefully selected art. It starts somewhere in Egypt and ends in our 21 Century. It is simply too much beauty on one place. And once outside there are places where you can relax and reflect on everything you have seen. Just beautifull.
Dubai obviously changed a lot since petroleum was found in 1950 but the rulers decided that heritage should be preserved and a part of an old town was rebuild and restored (Dubai old City). Except for tourists in hotels, nobody lives there but it does give an impression how it once was.
In the meantime, new nice regions developed and new courtyards with new shops and startups established themselves. All this is not within a walking distance of any hotel. There is however a good metro with a connection to some, but not all interesting places. Fortunately it wasn’t too hot so walking was fine.
Dubai was my second visit to the Arabic world and certainly not the last.