Villa Rotana

When I say “Villa”… you say “Hotel”… Villa… Hotel… Villa? Hotel? Today was our big moving day out of the Intercontinental Hotel into what we thought would be a larger “furnished villa.” But, it’s really a hotel room with an on-suite kitchen. Don’t get me wrong, it’s beautiful, just not exactly what we were expecting from the description we were initially given.

The good news is that it’s a beautiful (small) hotel located in the Business Bay District directly across (the highway) from our new apartment. That’s right, we can see our new home from our first floor hotel window! We both wish we could move in right away, but we’re trying to be patient. I’m hoping this will give us an opportunity to get to know the area a little better and get comfortable with the commute to school. We are within walking distance of the Metro and a short taxi ride to the Dubai Mall so we should have a lot of opportunities to explore.

Would you believe we had two cart loads of shopping and luggage to take with us from one hotel to the next? With all the shopping we’ve been doing for the new apartment I guess it is to be expected… but it sure is a pain!

We enjoyed a fabulous Iftar dinner this evening with many of the other guests staying at the hotel. Have I ever explained Iftar to those of you who are not familiar? During the Holy month of Ramadan (the Islamic month of fasting), Iftar is the time right after sunset to break the fast. This is done while a prayer is sung/played aloud for everyone to hear.

Iftar is often done as a community, with people gathering to break their fast together at long tables. We generally sit at a small table next to the fast-breakers and enjoy the dried dates and other (delicious) traditional foods served during this time.

Many hotels and restaurants have huge Iftar feasts during Ramadan and we will both miss all the fantastic food that is offered during this time of the year.

What we won’t miss you ask? Not being able to eat or drink in public from sunrise to sunset. When you are touring a city, you really need something (even just water or coffee) to keep you going. I have to admit it has been especially challenging without it! Looking forward to Eid 🙂