Dubai’s Postal System
If you’re planning to surprise your Dubai friend with a gift this Christmas, I’m afraid you just have to… let him know
And ask for proper directions so that package would reach the agreed destination
You see… Dubai has no address system, zip codes, area codes or postal system
For a package to be sent properly, you’ll have to leave clear and precise directions and instructions
And… it’s your Dubai friend’s responsibility to contact the post office, check if his parcel has arrived and to pick it up himself
Which can potentially be a major hassle especially if your friend is working
But thankfully, these post offices are generally open 24 hours a day
Withdrawing gold from your ATM
Just imagine your ATM dispensing gold bars instead of cash… I’m serious…you can buy gold from ATM in Dubai.
It’s located at Abu Dhabi’s Emirates Palace hotel, famous meeting place for royalty and billionaires.
Apparently, the exterior of the ATM machine is coated with a thin layer of gold.
It has 320 products to choose from, ranging from 24 carat gold bars to customized gold coins, weighing up to 10 grams
If that’s not enough, you can also drink gold… literally!
For just $15 US dollars, you can get a cup of cappuccino sprinkled with real gold flakes at the Emirates Palace Hotel
The topping is made of 24 carat gold btw
But as for whether you’ll feel richer after drinking it… is another story altogether
Many world record titles
There are very few places in the world that have put themselves “on the map” like Dubai has.
And if you’ve yet to visit…
Dubai is a sprawling metropolis of ultra-modern buildings, glamorous beaches and glittery hot spots.
They also have the Tallest Man-Made Structure, Tallest Hotel in the World,
Largest Fireworks Display, Biggest Mall, the World’s Biggest Aquarium,
Longest Driverless Metro, and The World’s First Indoor Desert Ski Resort… just to name a few
Dubai has also broken the record for being the city with the largest number of people named Mohammed
Apparently camel meat has been eaten for centuries. In fact, a whole roasted camel was recorded by ancient Greek writers as a dish in ancient Persia at banquets.
The whole stuffed camel… as mentioned in the Guinness Book of World Records is one of the biggest dishes served in the world
Major ingredients of this dish consist of one whole medium-sized camel, one lamb, 20 chickens, boiled eggs, fish, fluffy rice and fried nuts
The hard boiled eggs are peeled and added to the rice that’s cooked till fluffy
along with some fish and mixed with fried nuts
This stuffing then goes into the boiled chickens, which together with more rice… go into a lamb
Finally the whole camel is stuffed with the stuffed lamb and even more rice wrapped in palm leaves is added
The stuffed camel is then roasted over a big fire for about 20 to 24 hours and then served hot with rice
It can feed as many as 80 people, just perfect for a Bedouin wedding
Guinness World Records has declared Dubai Metro to be the world’s longest fully automated metro network. About 87 trains operate on this 75-meter-long network that has no drivers at all!
The trains are carbon neutral and temperatures within are maintained at a standard 20 degrees celsius with no variation whatsoever
And as if that wasn’t enough
Dubai Metro commuters are now able to enjoy free Wifi while travelling!
With WiFi UAE, commuters have limited access to browse the internet, access emails and use the most common social media applications absolutely free
Or… they could pay a small fee and opt for Premium WiFi, to enjoy high-speed internet connection with unrestricted access.
Perhaps that’s something we could offer our local commuters as well!
Pub-trailer (Thailand and Dubai UAE)
Hey it’s Lynette and all this week on Expat Radio 963 XFM, we’re celebrating Thailand’s and Dubai UAE’s National Day. So join me on Globe Trekker Monday to Friday 12 to 1 for a one hour special. Find out when’s the best time to visit Dubai for that ultimate desert experience. Also, the real story why Bangkok is known as the Venice of the East. Experience Home Closer with music and more only on Expat Radio 96.3XFM