Hi everyone! I know I wrote two posts already on Dubai, and I showered praises on the city, which I still do, of course, and I wanted to show this video of us in front of the Burj Khalifa, and tell the one sort of unfortunate experience!
I loved visiting, but it IS still an Islamic country, and so you really need to be respectful….don’t make out in public, don’t ever give the middle finger, don’t dress trashy….etc. Although I don’t like being told what to do, I don’t mind those things, but the hypocrisy is, in my opinion, that there is a lot of prostitution in Dubai. I feel like prostitution should be frowned upon as severely as making out in public……right???
And once again, as in Monaco, I was mistaken for a prostitute! What the HECK! I’m guessing it’s because I’m very blonde, I usually wear red lipstick, and although in the US, I look like a typical blonde girl from the South, in Europe, I seem to have a Russian prostitute look!
So, we finished dinner downtown and we were going to walk around and walk over to the Burj Khalifa. We walked down to the Main Street from the restaurant and Dragan decided he should use the restroom so he ran back up to the restaurant, which was located in a très chic hôtel. Here’s where I can be a little dumb. Having lived alone in NYC for so long, I often think of myself invincible (I only get scared at night if I’m in the country) so I said I wanted to stand on the corner and keep looking around. So. I’m standing on a busy road…..on the corner…..by myself…..at 10pm in Dubai…..idiot.
Then a Range Rover pulls up with an Emirate in the driver seat. He rolls down the window, and I kid you not, says, “hello lady. Are you looking for someone to go to the hotel with? Would you like to go with me?”. Here I became nervous, because although Dubai is liberal, the Emirates can do whatever they want (from what I hear) and if a woman gets raped, SHE can go to prison. What to do……what to do……
So I said, “Oh. Thank you very much for that offer sir. I’m an American and waiting for my husband who is coming right back. Thank you again!”. He smiled, nodded and drove off and I walked myself quickly (very quickly!) straight back up to the hotel where said man was pulling up…..and stood by the doorman and stared straight ahead waiting for Dragan to walk out!!!
From what I’m told, I get mistaken as a prostitute when I’m dressed up nicely because here in Europe and in Dubai I guess, Russian prostitutes make a lot a lot a lot of money and are very well presented, and often you can’t pick them out. I am so naive!!!!
So that is my one story that made me think, “Sarah…..just remember, when traveling, to remember where you are in the world”.
Then we walked to the Burj Khalifa and shot this little video……enjoy!!!