The Dubai tour has passed 5 days out of 10, we’ve seen lots of things and experienced the Arabic culture.
We arrived Dubai on December 14th night. The Double Tree by Hilton Hotel & Residences Dubai Al Barsha is where we reside. The hotel room is super comfortable with excellent housekeeping service.
On December 15th, we visited Dubai museum in Bastakiya area, the old town area of Dubai, and learnt the Dubai history. The city’s major industry was pearl diving. After 1930, it collapsed due to the growing population. In 1966, Dubai started the oil era. In 1971, United Arab Emirates established by Abu Dhabi president Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Now Dubai city has become a modern metropolis with 2,250,000 population (2015 census). We acknowledged the brief concept of Muslim culture.
I also saw how the religion influences Dubai’s living condition, for instance, their official weekends are Friday and Saturday, because Friday is the day that Muslims go to the Mosque. I feel that culture is essential to hospitality industry, a cultural difference can cause a lot more adjustments to almost every dimensions of a hospitality related property. So the industry companies should hire the scrupulous employees and listen to the guests’ feedback carefully to avoid the misunderstanding of the different cultures.
We visited the hotel Burj Al Arab and Palm Island on December 16th. They are just amazing. Then we looked around in hotel Atlantis on December 17th. This hotel is dramatically large; it contains almost everything a tourist needs. On December 18th, we climbed up to the top of the Burj Khalifa and went shopping at the world’s largest mall-Dubai Mall.
Besides those attractions, we also listened a presentation from Nakheel (Arabic: نخيل palms or palm trees), a government owned real estate developer in Dubai founded in 2000. It is also the creator of several land reclamation projects, including the Palm Islands, the Dubai Waterfront, The World and The Universe Islands.
We saw a big future that Dubai holds through their presentation. The islands are gorgeous, and the villas on the islands are super-popular through international purchasers. Most of the purchasers buy the houses only for holiday vacations. In addition, I noticed the islands are soaking into the ocean inch by inch every year, and they have special management department deal with the issue. I have never heard any program like this – creative, adventurous and grandiose – and it reminded me to keep an open eye to the world’s current changes. Think boldly, and you never know!
P.S. We also saw how Arabians love gold. They can simply purchase gold through an ATM!