RAJENDRAN KUMARESAN Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Two years ago, Rajendran Kumaresan left the legal profession to join Selat Offshore and Selat Marine Services, a shipping company founded by his father-in-law. This decision required Kumaresan to make the move to Dubai where the company is currently headquartered. While the bulk of his time is spent at work, Kumaresan makes time to explore the city, particularly when his wife Shabnam Arashan and son Raoul are in town for a visit.
The quintessential Dubai experience…includes going on a desert safari — Dubai organises some of the best. The dune drives are exhilarating and full of picturesque moments. Midway through a drive, your driver will stop the car in the middle of the desert for you to watch the sunset. It is quite a serene experience. You can also enjoy camel rides, belly dances and even have dinner in the desert.
For authentic local cuisine…dine at Qbara Restaurant (Sheikh Rashid Road, Wafi City). It offers both Middle Eastern and Moroccan cuisine. I recommend the spicy lamb cutlets, char-grilled salmon and chicken tagine.
To enjoy a spot of people-watching…head downtown to The Dubai Mall on Financial Centre Road. The interesting thing about Dubai is that people here are not as conservative as I'd thought. I do see expatriates wearing short skirts and even shorts at the malls. Clearly Dubai is a modern city where it does accept Western influences as part of its DNA.
To shop…just head for The Dubai Mall, where you can find whatever you need. It is the world's largest self-contained shopping and entertainment mall, chock-full of designer boutiques, restaurants, a cinema and ice skating rink, as well as the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. Not many people know that it is also home to the world's largest crocodile, the King Croc.
When it comes to Dubai, avoid…the months of June to August as it's the hottest period of the year. Limit your outdoor activities, as temperatures can go up to 50 degrees C.
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