I decided to take the metro to the Dubai Marina to see what it is like at night. Here is looking back at work (so this is “old town,” not the Marina yet):
I walk through this parking lot on the way to the metro and every night there is a new fleet of exciting cars
So, this post is mostly for Heather – there are only a few areas of Dubai that I think would be a good fit for us, and this is one of them. It is on the beach. Nice areas to walk as a family, go for a run, and a nice clean beach with warm water. There is a metro stop there that takes me directly downtown. Dubai is an expensive place to live, but this area has some options that are doable.
This is the closest grocery store – there are several little marts like this all over:
A little disconcerting that the one little boy I happen to see is glued to his gameboy! The marina is about a mile and a quarter long. The part with the biggest towers is still very much under construction. You have nice buildings, nice cars, everything modernized – and dirt roads!
I was walking across this bridge and I saw a mom about your age Heather and she was out for a power walk, pushing her son who was about Finn’s age. I asked her a hundred questions about living in the Marina – remind me to tell you all about it next time we talk. It looks like it wouldn’t be great for families, but there are several features that make it a surprisingly appealing option (should we decide to move here).
Many bespoke tailor shops here ( the best way for skinny guys to get a proper suit! ) – affordable too.
After riding the metro back towards the area where I live, I passed the mart at the end of the road on the way home. Not quite as nice as the Marina area…it is at the end of this half a mile long gravel road that is about a thousand degrees in the morning when I walk to the metro.
I live in the maid’s room in a villa on the left of the following photo. The neighborhood of villas is in a less-developed part of Dubai with plenty of sand. I will take some photos during the daytime.
Look closely and you can see twin towers that have tops similar to the Chrysler building – they are actually really neat.
And, in the daylight:
The villa I live in is tucked into the development on the left, a little beyond the yellowish villa.