In my previous post Travel to Dubai: Flight Tale I told you how I flew from Pakistan and Landed at Dubai Airport. When I got out of Airport, I had no one to receive me and I had no idea where to go. But I wasn’t too much worried because I soon find a lot of hindi/urdu/Pashto speaker taxi drivers. I talked to them to drop me at Al-Ain. One of my friend Muhammad Asghar Khan, lives in Al-ain he owns a Restaurant there in Al-Ain near Truck Round about Oman Border Road. It is called dawar shahnat.
Bengali’s are very trained and professional cab drivers in dubai and they cheat the law by running private cars as taxis and transport passengers from airport to whatever destination they wish to go. Normally Dubai RTA Taxis are very expensive and specially leaving the airport is too much expensive. A 20 AED is minimum amount to hire a Taxi from Dubai Airport even if you have to cover only a Km distance. Dubai Metro on the other hand is very cheap option but metro timings are till 11:00 PM
As I told you I got out of airport at 1:30 AM, so had no chance to go anywhere via metro and worst thing I didn’t know the route map of metro. I had travelled to Dubai and covered 3500 KM. I was feeling tired and needed some rest too but there was no place that I know. So I started talking to Taxi Drivers to take me to Al-Ain. The starting bid was 350 AED. Though I had the money but my friend told me that I should only agree for 100 AED and not more, so I started checking other options. One of the taxi drivers offered me a nice solution as he was going to Abu Dhabi; he already had 3 passengers and had only one passenger short in his taxi. He asked me if I could manage to go with him as he will only charge me 80 AED from Airport to Al-Ain. Not bad at all. So I boarded on his Taxi which was parked a bit far from the airport and headed to Abu Dhabi. We travelled through Sheikh Zayad Road and I saw a bridge parallel to the road all the way to the end of Dubai. I asked the driver about it and he told me that it is Metro Track which later on I travelled and enjoyed. I will tell about that in my next post.
We reached Abu Dhabi around 3:00 AM he dropped three passengers there, I was feeling hungry so I asked him to take me to some restaurant where I can eat something. Driver took me to a bus station near Hamadan center Abu Dhabi, also told me that this area is very famous for having finest escort girls availability. I wasn’t interested, I never was so I refused and we continued to the bus station. There was a small round shaped Indian restaurant at Bus station, most of the visitors there were wearing Shalwar Qamiz which is national dress of Pakistan so I didn’t had any trouble with language there, though I am good with English, Urdu, Hindi, Pashto and Saraiki. Now a day I am learning Tagalog too.
I ordered biriyani and trust me when I ate the chicken piece it was rock hard solid and I could swallow most of it so I filled my stomach with rest of rice only. It was cheap but it was worst. Later on I found that Restaurants mostly use frozen chicken that is why it doesn’t taste like fresh one.
After my dinner or breakfast was finished we took off for Al-Ain. We finally reached Al-Ain 4:30 in the morning. As my friend lived a little far from Al-Ain city it took half an hour more to reach his Hotel where his father received me and guided us to his residence place which was a mile away in a Shahabiya. Shahabiya in Arabic is name for colony. The shahabiya he lived in was Daahir. We reached him in next five minutes, we hugged and greeted each other exchange some typical Punjabi abuses like “bhenchod kaisa hai” and stuff like that. I paid the taxi driver his rent and AED 20 extra as tip and he returned smiling.