We, the tourists seven in number, reached Dubai on 22 November
2018 by flight. It is a 4 hours journey by flight. We stay at hotel,
Fortune Karama, Dubai. After Bus tour of the city, we dine at a
sea-view restaurant at night and enjoy dinner with music and dance.
On 23, November after free breakfast at the hotel and lunch at Green
City Restaurant in Al Nasr Leisureland, we attend the World Tulu
Sammelana-2018 at Al Nasr Leisure land Ice Pink and Nashwan Hall
under the licence of Rhythm Events Company.
Religious heads like Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade, Dharmaadhikari
of Shri Kshetra Dharmasthala,Sugunendra Thirtha
swamiji of Puttige mutt Udupi, Shri Guru Devaananda Swamiji of
Odiyur temple had attended the function.Tulu songs by singer
Guru Kiran was an added attraction.
Dubai is not a country but a city in United Arab Emirates.
U.A.E.is a federation of hereditary absolute monarchies. It is
governed by a Federal Supreme Council made up of the 7
emirs of Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Fujairah,Sharjah, Dubai,
Ras al-Khaimah and UmmAl-Quwain.
People in the Emirates celebrate Flag day, in which they
reaffirm their allegiance to the UAE flag which is a symbol
of the country’s unity and greatness and represents their
aspirations for a better future.
Political parties are banned. The FNC is the main consultative
body in U A E. There is a 10% Municipality tax and 5% Municipality
tax on rental income.
The name of currency at U.A.E. is Dirham. Notes comes in
denomination of 5,10, 20,50,100, 200 ,500 and 1,000 dirhams.
1.05 Dirham means 19.0234 Indian rupees.
U A E National Day stands for Union Day, the anniversary of
the Union between the 6 Emirates on 2nd December 1971
at Union House(now Etihad museum).
Before its re-creation as the United Arab Emirates in 1971,
the U A E was known as the Trucial States, a collection of
Sheikhdoms extending from the Straits of Hormuz to the
west along the Persian Gulf.
Sheikh Zaved bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founder of the U A E
served as the first President of the U A E, since the formation
of the Federation on 2 December 1971 and as ruler of the
Emirates of Abu Dhabi.
Dubai Miracle garden is only open between October
and April every year since the flowers are very delicate and
cannot sustain the summer heat.The garden has new
attractions and new species of fauna every season adding to
its beauty annually. Miracle garden is the largest natural
flower garden in the world, spread over an area of 72,000
square meters and housing more than 109 million flowers.
Dubai Frame–Senior citizens get free entry.
Other attractions are Dubai Mall and Emirates Mall.
The visit to Burj Khalipha is unforgettable. At 555 meters,
it is currently the highest observation deck in the world.
It takes 1 minute from the ground to 124th floor which is
the observation deck.
Exhibition of their stalls by different countries at Global
Village is attractive.
Dubai Frame opened on 1, January, 2018,is located at Zabeel
Park in Karama.It is 150 meters high.
Dubai Fountain, opened on 8 May 2009 is 150 meters high.
Evening desert Safari in Abu Dhabi with Barbeque dinner and
belly dance show at Bedouin camp is another attraction.
We traveled up and over the soft hills of the sand dunes.
Abu Dhabi is home to the world’s second largest population
of dugongs, the only herbivore marine mammals.
We also visited the Grand mosque with ladies fully covered.
-Writer-Vani S Hegde.