Tuesday, December 2, 2008
A friend of JSG's recently returned from a trip to Dubai. His report: It's not exactly a booming tourist destination. Our friend's exact words: I hate it. I despise it. I love to hate it.
All right-y then. In addition to being humid, our friend says the city is a pit (75 percent of the world's cranes are in Dubai). Because of the strict Muslim laws, there are no bars at street level -- most are hidden inside the hotels -- which means there's zero street life. Women aren't allowed at the beaches, so if you do go, be prepared to stay at your hotel's pool.
The one thing that did impress our friend: the Atlantis, whose opening attracted the likes of Lindsay Lohan, Samantha Ronson and many, many more A-Listers. He said it's spectacular and nearly identical to the one in the Bahamas. On that note, JSG will save our travel time and dollars and head down to the The Cove at Atlantis when we have a desire to walk through a tunnel of fish or dive down a monster water slide.