Downtown Dubai – always busy, always buzzing, always on the go.
At least, if you are there from around 9 am onward, especially on weekdays. But, if you take a walk around early on a Saturday morning (like I did), you get to see a totally different side of this vibey, happening place.
Strangely, I have not visited Downtown Dubai so early in the morning before this. Z and I usually avoid the area unless we are going to the Dubai Mall. But, I am really glad that I got a chance to walk around this area so early in the morning, and do the tourist-y thing and take lots and lots of photographs. 😀
The streets are nearly empty at this time – the buses and metro link have just started their service, and, since it’s a Saturday, restaurants and buildings have yet to open their doors – unless they were offering early-morning breakfasts.
And of course, trying to capture a shot of the sunrise will probably include at least a little bit of the endless construction that goes on in Dubai – currently in preparation of Expo 2020.
What I really liked about walking Downtown was a chance to see all the different styles of architecture that is present in the buildings here. That is one of the things Dubai does very well – you see an eclectic mix of the old and new, and shapes that seem almost impossible to have been constructed by human beings.
The latest building that is being constructed in this area is the Museum of the Future, and let me tell you, they don’t kid around when they say it’s ‘of the future’. Although it’s still under construction, it looks amazing and extraordinary, and I cannot wait to visit it when it finally opens.
Along the way, you do catch glimpses of nature, which set up a nice contrast to all the steel and concrete you are surrounded by. And if you are really lucky, you can come across some of the local wildlife as well, like I did.
Another building to definitely put on your list of places to visit while here is the Opera Gallery Dubai, and the steel structure Mariposas by Manolo Valdes in front of it.