Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Though Dubai is nothing more than a playground for the Gulf countries and it’s wealth comes from human and drug trafficking (probably weapons also, but we didn’t see any such activity), it has some great restaurants.

I wanted to share with you a couple of pictures from the restaurants, one of which was not all that great, but I wanted to post this picture so you can see that McDonald’s is very much alive in the UAE and has adapted to the local culture with their McArabia that comes in chicken or beef (kofta) but is NOT available in pork.

They also have KFC, Southern Fried Chicken (same as the one we have in central Yerevan), Pizza Hut, Starbucks, sushi. You name it, they got it.

And the markets are so downtown Glendale, California. They are stocked to the brim with American made products. Want Skippy’s peanut butter or Cheese-it’s? No problem.

The whole place was very familiar to me.

The favorite we had came from a Chinese restaurant that was close by one of the hotels we stayed in and had a great selection of seafood that was very fresh and very cheap (about $4 each).

My favorite was the sizzling octopus on an iron plate and Edik’s was the sizzling shrimp on an iron plate.

And in the tradition of the UAE, the place was loaded with Chinese prostitutes and their pimp who throughout the meal tried to solicit our business.

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