|This AED $282.45 translates to US $76.91. For details on everything we’d purchased today, see the list of items on at the end of this post.|
Still laying low while I recover, we must admit to being a little “housebound.” Add to it the massive amount of road construction around our building, making a casual walk nearly impossible, we’re looking forward to getting out.
Currently, we’re in the process of making arrangements with our newly found cab driver, Umer, to take us on a few excursions to see the highlights of this amazing city next week. By Monday, I should be close to back to normal and ready to explore. After a full 10 days of this illness, I’m ready to get back in the groove.
How Tom ever made that excruciating three-hour walk to Petra while he was sick baffles me. Must be a “tough guy” thing. He never complained.
Staying in these past four days since we arrived in Dubai, except for dining out, a few short walks and a several trips to the grocery store, has not been unlike our old life when one of us was under the weather, low key with simple tasks and minimal expectations.
In the short time we’ve been here and been out, we’ve observed a few astounding aspects of Dubai. It is the cleanest, safest, most friendly city we’ve visited. The attention to detail in very way is beyond description.
Our building, Elite Residence, is a newer building, mostly occupied by sophisticated young professionals with what appear to be few tourists. We’ve yet to speak to an American, not surprising, being half way around the world.
Today, we ventured out to the pool to soak up the warm sun for our usual one hour. Surprisingly, all the padded chaise lounges were taken. The tall buildings prevent sun by the pool until afternoon, not an uncommon scenario with the tall buildings shrouding the sun, block after block, in this highly developed city.
Our only choice was to select two of the wicker chaise lounges without pads and cover them with our two beach towels. After plopping down, we discovered the chaises weren’t particularly uncomfortable, so we settled in, content to enjoy the hot air diminished by the strong winds.
Within minutes, two pool attendants having noticed our dilemma, appeared beside us carrying a stack of pads anxious to place them on our chairs. That, is indicative of the quality of service not only in our building, but in the restaurants, the stores and at the port as we waited for transportation.
To say there isn’t a piece of trash on the streets, is no exaggeration. Our condo, is literally perfect, everything works flawlessly and is in impeccable condition. In the bathroom, there is a spray hose, beautifully plumbed, to spray the toilet bowl after each use. I don’t recall ever seeing such an item.
In the grocery store, attendants are everywhere, quick to answer questions and find products, bag our groceries. Nothing is spared. In the restaurants, no less than three servers attend to our needs, gracefully without hovering. At each table, we found a perfectly wrapped special logo envelope containing a floss pick.
A few have asked us if Dubai is as expensive as they’ve heard. In many aspects, we see that it is. Dining out in a nice restaurant for dinner, may cost as much a $300 for two. We looked online for the menus for nearby restaurants only to confirm this fact. Instead, we choose to cook our dinners, dining out for breakfast or lunch.
Today, as indicated above, we made a trip to the grocery store next door to our building, purchasing the following items for only US $76.91!
- 1 pound fillet Mignon
- 1 pound sirloin steak
- 1 pound mussels
- 1 pound cleaned calamari
- 1 pound shrimp
- 1 pound beef bacon
- 2 pounds shredded cabbage
- 1 pound sliced carrots
- 2 pounds sliced cheddar cheese
- 1 package imported blue cheese
- 2 organic peppers
- 1 organic Japanese eggplant
- 5 organic yellow onions
- 1 shaker garlic powder
- 30 organic free range eggs
- 1 jar mayonnaise
- 2 pounds organic fresh green beans
- 1 organic avocado
- 2 liters diet 7 up (for Tom’s cocktails)
- 1 4 pk. paper towels
- 1 14 oz bag raw cashews
This amount of food will feed us both for no less than three full days at an average cost of $25.64 per day. For us, dining in has always been preferred, especially now with my restricted diet of “fresh, organic food, in its natural state.”
Traveling the world is costly. Keeping our foods costs reasonable, allows us to continue traveling over the long haul.
This coming week, we’ll visit the observation deck of the tallest building in the world, the Buj Khalifa, 124 stories. The cost for a ticket is US $50 per person. I guess we’d rather spend $100 for such an experience, as opposed to devouring a meal in a restaurant, which is literally consumed in less than 10 minutes, that may cost from US $100-$300.
Cooking and enjoying a seafood stir fry, based on the above ingredients, for one night’s dinner, grass fed filet Mignon for another and sirloin steak for yet another is not too shabby by our standards, especially when the company is so enjoyable, we’re dressed in comfy clothes and “the Flying Nun” is playing on the TV in Arabic.