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Pictures of our trip to the United Arab Emirates (Sharjah + Dubai)
- without our vehicle in February 2011
 
 
Al Ain, Eastcoast & Ras al Khaima - United Arab Emirates with our car in April 2013 - part 3
Liwa - United Arab Emirates with our car in February 2013 - part 2
Sharjah/Dubai/1st Traveler's Festival/Emirates National Auto Museum - UAE with car Nov. 2012 to Jan. 2013 - part 1
Fairytale Wedding in Dubai - United Arab Emirates - with our car from February 7th, to May 20th, 1999
 
Before arriving in Sharjah on February 19th, 2011, without car, we visited during 10 days the Island of Soctora in Yemen:
Part 1: Socotra Island trip in Yemen (East) Hadibo - Dihamri - Arher Beach
Part 2: Socotra Island trip in Yemen (South) Homhil - Aomak Beach - Wadi Daerhu - Dicksam Plateau
Part 3: Socotra Island trip in Yemen (West) Qalansiya - Shouab Beach - Qadama Beach - Momi Plateau - Wadi Ayhaft
Continuation of the car trip from March 11th, 2011, in Sri Lanka
 
Yemen car trip (from Oman to Saudi Arabia) - with our car from May 16th, to June 15th, 1996
Oman car trip 2013:    Oman – Part 1     Oman – Part 2     Oman – Part 3     Oman – Part 4     Oman – Part 5
Iran car trip 2013:    Iran – Part 1       Iran – Part 2       Iran – Part 3
 
 
 
U.A.E. Map
 
 
      Middle East Map
 
latest picture: February 26, 2011
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16  On the way from Yemen to the U.A.E.
we fly from Mukallah over the Rub al Khali
desert, the “Empty Quarter” – here over the
so-called Lake Beds, which should have
had water tenthousands of years ago
17  The architectonically extravagant
skyscrapers of Dubai are greeting us.
Here the Sheikh Zayed Road, up to
15 lanes wide, near the Burj Khalifa Tower
18  View from South to North over
Dubai Creek towards the Deira area with
its traditional dhows. Early morning and
evening water taxis, called “abra”, are
busy with commuters
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
19  The “Burj-al-Arab”, the second tallest
“7-star” hotel of the world (1’053ft.), is not
anymore open for day-tourists and -visitors.
Only people lodging there, have access
20  Jumeirah Beach with its covered
picnic tables attract tourists in droves,
currently many from Russia and the
Eastern states
21  “Burj Khalifa” – the highest
tower in the world (2’717ft.) –
and more skyscrapers tower
ghostly towards a hazy sky
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
22  We two at the artificial lake called
“Dubai Fountain”, lying besides the
“Burj Khalifa” tower and the largest shopping
mall (as to total area), the “Dubai Mall”
23  The unique, most interesting
and appealing backdrop of the
“Burj Khalifa” is also attractive
for commercials
24  An elderly Arab watches the
by-passers at “Burj Khalifa” –
how his Emirate has changed
since his young days!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
25  “Burj Khalifa“ the highest
building in the world, was
inaugurated on October 5th, 2010.
Before, during its nearly seven
years of construction,
it was called “Burj Dubai”
26  “The word impossible is not in the
leaders’ dictionaries. No matter how big
the challenges, strong faith, determination
and resolve will overcome them”.
His Highness, Skeikh Mohammed bin Rashid
Al Maktoum (Ruler of the Emirate of Dubai,
Prime-Minister and Minister of Defense,
as well as Vice-President of the U.A.E.)
This is also our philosophy!
27  In the fastest elevator of
the world (40mph) we let us
catapult to the highest outdoor
observation desk (124th floor/1’483ft.)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
From the 124th floor of the „Burj Khalifa“, at an altitude of 1’483ft., we enjoy a sweeping panorama of 360:
28  Southeastwards: “The Address Down-
town Dubai” Hotel (1’004ft. skyscraper in
front left), “Downtown Dubai” (souk like
building in the water of “Dubai Fountain”)
29  Northwards: “Financial Center”
30  Southwestwards: “Business Bay“
(the most under construction)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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From the observation desk of the “Burj Khalifa” Liliana is enjoying the views over mosques and skyscrapers in the neighborhood
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The “Dubai Fountain” at “Burj Khalifa”:
Innumerable outlets perform a fantastic water show to the sound of different compositions. The sprays rise over 420ft. in the air
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
37  Elegant skyscrapers reflect in the
calm artificial lake of the “Dubai Fountain”
at the “Burj Khalifa”
38  Just another shot of the very
impressing “Burj Khalifa” tower
39  Luxury hotels and residential areas around
“Burj Khalifa”, the brownish building in front
belonging to the “Dubai Downtown” complex
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This is how the United Arab Emirates might have looked still a few years ago –
outside of the huge oil centers of Dubai and Abu Dhabi they even today exist
40  A newer mosque at the otherwise still
laid back Emirate of Umm Al Quwain
41  Nostalgic Umm Al Quwain: This
is how probably also Dubai and Sharjah
looked like, before oil was discovered
42  Between the smaller Emirates of Ajman
and Um Al Quwain there is still nature,
where Flamingos feel at home
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
43  The oriental “Central Gold Souk” in
Sharjah looks fabulous in its illumination .....
44  ..... as well as the adjacent mosque
where it is prayer time …..
45  ..... in the distance the
wonderfully lit Al Noor mosque rises
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Between high sky rise buildings are nestling nostalgic looking oriental buildings
46  The Indian Trade
and Exhibition Center .....
47  ..... one of the many
distinctive mosques .....
48  ..... the Sharjah Chamber
of Commerce & Industry
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
49  In front of the anchoring dhows at
Khor Khalid all kind of goods are piled
up – from tires, sacks of flour, plastic
container, Nutella, Coca Cola to fridges.
Where are they going? To Iran? Pakistan?
50  A moment of relaxation on a
dhow at Sharjah’s harbour
Rolla Port near Port Khalid
51  In the dhow harbor Rolla at
Khor Khalid, opposite of Sharjah’s
Corniche, is a fascinating
disarrangement of goods to be loaded
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
52  In the Dhow harbor we
encounter interesting faces like
the one of this bearded man
53  Dhow workers are taking a rest
54  Many workers in the Dhow harbor
are from Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka,
Bangladesh, etc..Often they are
recognizable by their clothing
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mosques and golden domes form the city image of Sharjah, the religious capital of the U.A.E.
55  The impressive Al Noor Mosque
along the Corniche .....
56  ..... the golden minarets and cupola
of the Al Corniche mosque .....
57  ..... the golden dome of the
“Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
58  The lawn in front of the
“Central Gold Souk” in Sharjah
is a popular place to relax …..
59  ….. another favorite place is watching
the sunset at Al Khan Fort, Southwest
of the Al Meena Street .....
60  ..... we like the sea gulls gathering
on a lawn near the “Petroleum
Council” in the evening
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
61  Even the cranes lining up in the port
Khalid, the main harbor of Sharjah,
are an impressive sight at sunset
62  The ball of the setting sun
disappears behind a minaret
63  Seagulls are flying into the
sunset to their night places
 
 
More websites from the United Arab Emirates:
Fairytale Wedding in Dubai - United Arab Emirates - with our car from February 7th, to May 20th, 1999
Sharjah/Dubai/1st Traveler's Festival/Emirates National Auto Museum - UAE with car Nov. 2012 to Jan. 2013 - part 1
Liwa - United Arab Emirates with our car in February 2013 - part 2
Al Ain, Eastcoast & Ras al Khaima - United Arab Emirates with our car in April 2013 - part 3
 
Before arriving in Sharjah on February 19th, 2011, without car, we visited during 10 days the Island of Soctora in Yemen:
Part 1: Socotra Island trip in Yemen (East) Hadibo - Dihamri - Arher Beach
Part 2: Socotra Island trip in Yemen (South) Homhil - Aomak Beach - Wadi Daerhu - Dicksam Plateau
Part 3: Socotra Island trip in Yemen (West) Qalansiya - Shouab Beach - Qadama Beach - Momi Plateau - Wadi Ayhaft
 
Yemen car trip (from Oman to Saudi Arabia) - with our car from May 16th, to June 15th, 1996
Oman car trip 2013:    Oman – Part 1     Oman – Part 2     Oman – Part 3     Oman – Part 4     Oman – Part 5
Iran car trip 2013:    Iran – Part 1       Iran – Part 2       Iran – Part 3
 
On February 27th, 2011, we flew to Colombo in Sri Lanka:
Continuation of the car trip from March 11th, 2011, in Sri Lanka