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syd1967
Post subject: So who would do dubai again?
PostPosted: 18:48 on 24th Jan 2012

Joined: 23:46 on 5th Jan 2012
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Would be interested to get peoples views on if they would go back to dubai again to watch England?

This was my third trip to dubai and my 4th england tour and I have to say I went home a little dissapointed by the whole experience and rather glad I was not staying for longer than the one match.

Maybe it was just the poor performance and the lack of atmosphere but I for one would not rush back... shame as they do a excellent job of hosting the rugby 7's in dubai so they can make an event work.
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Richard
Post subject: Re: So who would do dubai again?
PostPosted: 21:54 on 31st Jan 2012

Joined: 22:35 on 18th Nov 2008
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syd1967 Wrote:
Would be interested to get peoples views on if they would go back to dubai again to watch England?

This was my third trip to dubai and my 4th england tour and I have to say I went home a little dissapointed by the whole experience and rather glad I was not staying for longer than the one match.

Maybe it was just the poor performance and the lack of atmosphere but I for one would not rush back... shame as they do a excellent job of hosting the rugby 7's in dubai so they can make an event work.


Not me - I really didn't like the city and the ground is in an inconvenient place. Abu Dhabi was much nicer - I'd do a week there again.
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Boddingtons
Post subject: Re: So who would do dubai again?
PostPosted: 22:48 on 31st Jan 2012

Joined: 16:03 on 29th Sep 2009
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Location: Manchester-cum-Hong Kong
Dubai is way too commercial and overpriced for me in general which is why I opted out of the cricket there.

I like the laidback feel of Abu Dhabi.

That said, the organisation at the cricket was nothing short of shambolic and the catering on day one was abysmal. More options appeared throughout the course of the match but nothing in the way of an improvement.

On the contrary, the golf was extremely well organised, facilities were superb and the catering pretty decent.

With regards to watching Pakistan, I was getting really pissed off at the appealing of every fkin ball in the second innings when we were around 4/5 down. It was somewhat off putting. I think I'll be giving them a miss in future.
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Showbizguru
Post subject: Re: So who would do dubai again?
PostPosted: 08:49 on 1st Feb 2012

Joined: 09:53 on 11th Feb 2009
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I thought under the circumstances the authorities at the cricket ground in Dubai did their best.
Never had to wait long for a drink and the food was okay.
Clearly they didn't quite know what to expect from the BA but the staff were all extremely polite and friendly.
Dubai itself was as I thouht - a half-finished building site in the desert.
But the beer was plentiful and the sun was shining so it certainly beat a miserable January at home.
A week was enough though and without the cricket it would have been too long considering the limited amount of things to do or see.
Why any numpty would consider buying a holiday home there during the boom is beyond me.
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syd1967
Post subject: Re: So who would do dubai again?
PostPosted: 10:39 on 1st Feb 2012

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Think I slipped up perhaps by going to Dubai rarther than Abu Dhabi... certainly felt that when watching the 2nd test from the comfort of my own home... except perhaps for the last 90 mins of day 4!!! :o :o :o :o

Day one in Dubai was also very unorganised although things did get better off the field on a daily basis. Hopefully the authorities there have learnt from hosting the event ahead of the T20's when decent crowds are expected.

My understanding is that the T-20 finish at around midnight. I spoke to a chap out in dubai who had been to one and he told me that it was a nightmare getting a taxi after the match!!
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blueandy1mac
Post subject: Re: So who would do dubai again?
PostPosted: 12:49 on 1st Feb 2012

Joined: 12:30 on 14th Jul 2008
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Location: Preston UK
Pretty much concur with other comments on here. Even if money was no object and no forthcoming SL tour, its too expensive to relax and enjoy it. What little there is to see and do costs money and apart from transport, which thank heavens was cheap, its all about money.
I understand their reasons for developing these cities as future tourist attractions / airline hubs etc etc, but it does'nt make them aesthetically pleasing all round. The skyline and most of the buildings are very impressive, its the realisation that a majority are empty which asks the most questions about the place. When I bear in mind that Doha is exactly the same just 10 years behind, I wonder how its all going to end ???
I wo'nt be rushing back or recommending it.
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leetigers
Post subject: Re: So who would do dubai again?
PostPosted: 15:09 on 25th Feb 2012

Joined: 14:43 on 4th Nov 2011
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I think i would go again but its one of those places with not a lot of charater so once you have done the sights / tourist bits then any future visit would be difficult to occupy your time in my opinion.
It was our 1st time in Dubai so the 4 days flew by because we were doing things everyday.
I think they need a slip road to the staduim though,As we came in taxi and you have to go 10 miles past the staduim to reach a turn off to get back to it. :?

Also most of them sky scrappers do look empty so the boom time has defo fell out of dubai in respect to property and high rise living.

Must admit i didnt expect the premuim seats to be as full as they were during the 3rd ODI,wasnt many seats left at all.
If Pakistan are still playing out there in 2015 which i think they probably will be then i will give Abu Dhabi a try for a change.
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Huey Lad
Post subject: Re: So who would do dubai again?
PostPosted: 14:13 on 25th Feb 2012

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Not even if they offered me Eoin Morgan's spot in the batting order.

Horrible place.
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leetigers
Post subject: Re: So who would do dubai again?
PostPosted: 15:17 on 25th Feb 2012

Joined: 14:43 on 4th Nov 2011
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Must admit when you walk around during the day especialy in the downtown area, i did feel like i was Jim Carrey in the Truman show... :D
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Hartleyshot
Post subject: Re: So who would do dubai again?
PostPosted: 00:42 on 28th Feb 2012

Joined: 21:57 on 21st Oct 2010
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Would probably consider it in 10 years or so just to see how it had changed. I think it has potential they just need to improve the transport links and things around sports city and I think it could be a good tour to do. Don;t forget for some it is quite an accessible tour in terms of airfares and flying times.
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