I’m a walker so I expect to be able to stretch my legs most days ……….but in Dubai well its glossy, hot, indulgent and car city. The best time to walk has to be in the cooler winter months and early evening. The sun has gone down, the city is still busy I grant you but there is a certain amount of chillaxing in the air. I was staying on The Palm and the places I found to stretch my legs were on the Golden Mile just a hop and skip from Fairmont The Palm, The Marina a 15 minute cheap taxi ride away and Old Dubai.
The Golden Mile does what it says on the can and as the sun drops it surely is golden to walk along this dedicated walkway on the trunk of the Palm. The walkway is springy and is parallel to shops and upscale condos. Families walk along here as well as joggers running off the stresses and excess of the day. Its edged with gardens and fairly cool. If you want to make an evening of it there are bars and cafes to wet your whistle with.
The Marina District can be seen from The Fairmont and is like a large lagoon with parking for lots of expensive yachts. If you enter via the Marina shopping Mall you can walk the circuit in either direction, I didn’t actually make it all the way round and had previously walked for an hour either way on two occasions. As the sun drops the Marina lights up, each skyscraper trying to out do the next with dancing colours and patterns. When the walking gets too much there is any number of bars and restaurants to quench your thirst.
Old Dubai offers a lot of walking as you can walk along the wharf either side of the creek. As well as the wharfs you can explore the souks on the eastern side before returning to your hotel laden down with gold and scarves. The day I did Old Dubai and The Marina I notched up over eleven miles so it is definitely possible to stretch your tanned legs in Dubai. This walking area has to be done during the day so morning time is best.
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