Dubai International Airport and Duty Free shops

By hombrelobo on Monday, 22 December 2008

Hi, my name is Eduardo, and this is “Travel”.
The “Travel Video Blog”.
And I’m at the Duty Free, or, yeah, the Duty Free of the…
Dubai airport. Just entered the…
the gate here, and I wanted just to show you the first impression.
It’s not too big, to be honest.
I have to go, let me see, that way.
Let me see, I have to go that way.
113 and I have to go 115.
I guess it will be that way. This is 113?
Okay, I don’t know which way I have to go, but I will show you where we are.
It’s famous for the lotteries that they have.
I mean, that’s one of the good things about the Duty Free in Dubai.
They have, for instance, this is a lottery.
You have one change in one thousand, let me show you, to win
a Harley Davidson.
And the price for the ticket, so they only issue a thousand tickets,
for the lottery for this motorcycle.
And the price for the ticket is 100 dirhams, which is something like,
$25 US, a bit less in euros.
About 22, 23 euros.
So, it’s not a bad deal.
I mean, you have, how many times do you have a chance of one in one thousand.
Not many, so. And for the rest, it’s a typical, big terminal,
with a lot of shops. Electronics are not bad.
Although you can probably buy some really good electronics in Dubai downtown.
But, let me see… Let me see…
What else to show you. Okay, this is electronics, a little shop.
Typical… I mean, buying Godiva in Dubai.
It should be the French, but I guess that is… if the price is right, why not.
And this is the terminal. It’s nice. I mean, it’s…
It looks big at first but it’s, as I said,
it’s not really that big.
It’s likely… There’s more terminal.
Today I had to wake up at 6 in the morning.
I’m having the flight at 8am.
So, right now, it’s something like 7 in the morning.
So, if this looks like an evening thing, no, it’s not an evening.
It’s… early, early, early in the morning.
Which is a bit strange because you have all these lights and casinos,
and everything, and the lotteries, the raffle.
And you have the feeling that… that it’s late at night.
But no.
Let me see, I want to see, actually I’m… This is another raffle, by the way.
This car. It’s… a BMW.
And you have, how many tickets? A thousand tickets at…
500 dirhams. 500 dirhams each, so that is about 125 euros, I guess.
And… And you can win a BMW. That’s not bad… not bad.
But, I’m looking for a… For a raffle for…
For a lottery for… For cash.
I know that in the past, there were plenty of cash raffles.
I remember there was like, prizes like, $1 million, and the ticket was like $100.
Something like that. So it’s, it’s not a bad deal.
And they, of course, the funny thing is that if you get the prize,
you get it in Dubai, tax free. And you can put it in a bank in Dubai,
and nobody will know.
If you live in New York or in the US, that is kind of an attractive proposal, isn’t it?
But this is the terminal.
This is the check in area, which, probably they don’t like me to record.
These are the… okay, I have to go that way.
Now I saw, it is 115, I have to go that way.
Let me see. Okay. Oops, sorry.
I’m getting on here..
So, here we go. More Duty Frees.
I’m Eduardo, and this is “Travel”.
I hope you like the videos.
I hope you don’t get tired of the videos.
Sorry, I have the trolley, I’m trying to hold the trolley up here.
And, I hope you like the videos and I hope you subscribe already
to the RSS feed space. See you.
I’m so bad with this.
I mean… I’m actually… I’m surprised by the way I’m…
Sorry for saying goodbye, and then not cutting it,

but, I’m surprised, because I’m used to doing this in Spanish.
And I’m kind of, okay, I can do it reasonably well.
I’m not… I don’t feel embarrassed or anything.
But in English, that’s the problem, that…
Many people understand you when you are talking in English,
so you are walking around with a camera in your face,
saying things and you know everybody’s understanding you.
I mean, in Spanish, at least nobody understands, or, I can say anything.
But anyway, that was it. Until the next video.
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In front of the Atlantis Hotel, in The Palm, Dubai

By hombrelobo on Friday, 19 December 2008

I am Eduardo, and this is “Travel”.
And, I am in Dubai, right now.
I just saw the video the other day.
I am in Dubai in the hotel Atlantis.
I’m actually right now in front of the Atlantis.
I want to show you.
Okay, I’m by the beach.
And that is the hotel.
It’s… for me it’s a little bit too pretentious.
I… as you can see, it’s trying to…
It’s a big hotel. It’s got all the services and expensive things to do.
But it’s… To me, it’s a bit too expensive and, as I said, too pretentious.
But they have an aqua park, and they have plenty of things.
I want to show you, just so you have an idea where we are.
And by the beach.
And this is the bridge, the highway, or the road that is connecting the Palm
with the rest of… with the city of Dubai.
You can see there, the skyline.
But… And there’s a lot of construction going on over there, over there, over there.
So you have 360 degrees view.
As I said, it’s… it’s okay. I mean, it’s a nice hotel.
I was here just for a conference.
So, it was a couple of days just talking to people and doing some business.
That was good. But it’s a bit pretentious, a bit big, it’s very expensive.
I think for that price I’d rather go somewhere where I can have some time. Hello.
We are saying hello.
They are waving hands and saying hello. So, that is… that is fun.
And… And that’s it. And this is the hotel. This is the view.
This is Dubai.
I’m Eduardo and I hope you like the videos and you keep watching.
I will show you a bit more of the hotel now.
Well, actually the days is very nice. The temperature is fantastic.
And we are… We are in… What month is it? In December,
and it’s probably 23-24 degrees Celsius,
which is in Fahrenheit, that would be 25 degrees Celsius would be…
something like, eighty… eighty-two. 82 degrees Fahrenheit.
Something like that. So it’s nice. Very nice temperature.
Very relaxed, and… This is it.
If you ever come to Dubai, I’d rather go somewhere else,
to some other hotel. There are plenty of nice hotels in Dubai.
Thank you. Until the… Until next video, which I don’t know where I will be.
I’m leaving Dubai tonight, and give me, let me have your comments,
and let me know what you think about these videos.
And whether you think this is worth it, or not.
Or what your opinion…
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Dubai, people watching

By hombrelobo on Wednesday, 17 December 2008

The mall of the Emirates, in Dubai

By hombrelobo on Monday, 15 December 2008

My name is Eduardo and this is “Travel”.
And I’m in Dubai at the Emirates Mall.
Have a look at this.
This is one of the biggest malls,
in Dubai and probably one of the biggest malls in the world.
And I want to show you… I want to show you
what you can see from here.
This is a central plaza at the mall.
As you can see, big mall.
I mean, nothing new for the Americans.
They have all the biggest malls in the world.
But this is pretty impressive also.
They have some kind of show here playing in the middle.
And you have…
So this is the kind of film you can do in Dubai,
going to a shopping mall.
They are talking about something that I have not been able to grasp.
And there’s something going on down there.
But okay, at least you can see it.
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Atlantis Hotel, The Palm, Dubai

By hombrelobo on Friday, 12 December 2008

Hi, my name is Eduardo, and this is “Travel”.
I’m going to show you the room in… in Dubai.
I’m in Dubai in the Hotel Atlantis at The Palm.
The Palm is this new construction with the shape of a… of a palm
in Dubai, where they are building thousands of little apartments in places.
So, I’m going to show you the room. This is the… the room.
I’m just at the entrance. And I’m going to show you first the mini-bar.
So you have an idea about what you can expect when you come here.
This is the toilet.
This is a little bath.
And that is the room at the end.
It’s a strange window connecting the bath and the toilet.
That is me.
This is the toilet, as they say.
Just a normal shaped toilet.
This is the… a shower.
Big shower, nice, for having a nice, relaxing shower.
And this is the room, as I said, at the Palm.
Let me show you just the… A little… Well, not a little, a drawer.
A wardrobe, and safe, and normal, normal things in a hotel.
This is the room. The room itself.
Plasma screen, a little place to… work a little.
Why do I say “a little” too much?
But anyway, this is the room itself.
The… a king size bed connecting to the toilet there, you can see.
The room is okay. It’s nice.
It’s… a good size, with all the amenities,
normal things, it’s good.
And this is what you see from the room,
which is The Palm itself.
We are, as I said, we are in Dubai.
And this is what you can see from the room.
I have this little balcony
and you can see at the end
some hotels, resorts, apartments,
everything under construction,
which is taking shape right now.
Taking shape, all this will have the shape of a palm,
huge palm, all artificially built just where there was absolutely nothing.
And they expect to sell all these thousands and thousands of apartments
and hotel rooms and make a huge mega complex where people will be
coming here vacationing.
I’m not a big fan of this kind of concept.
Let me show you their hotel from… from the outside.
This is the… my room. This is again, this is neighbor’s balcony.
And this is how it looks.
And, as I said, I’m not a big fan of this kind of concept
where you bring thousand million people just to a location to give them
nightclubs and a small beach, and you put them together
and you try to make money off them.
I’m not a big fan of this, but I guess that they have
some attractive… depending on what you expect on your vacation, right?
But, this is it. I just wanted to show you.
As you can see, there’s more construction going on and there are
thousands of buildings, I hope they… you can appreciate them in this video.
I go back to the air-con in the room. It’s a bit hot outside.
but as I said, it’s a concept that not everybody will like,
but it has some attractives. It’s a huge complex.
You can find everything here. And it’s not yet finished…
the construction, so, it will be fine.
I hope you like these videos.
My name is Eduardo, as I said, and this is “Travel”,
keep coming to see more videos of travel.
I will try to record more videos in Dubai.
I’m not sure if I will have time because I have quite a busy agenda.
But I will try and maybe who knows what you’ll see next.
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