Yeah, that’s true. I’m not going to argue the Gulf is some culturally rich hotspot (although I’m not sure anyone could make the same argument about wannabe Shanghai). I’m glad you guys like your arrangement in Shanggers. I just found the place repetitive, unhealthy and unwelcoming. I like the international vibe of the Gulf. It’s a refreshing change from poorly structured ‘China is the best; mei you Wei Shen men’ arguments.
That said, my wife and I had a blast during our visit last month. Shanghai is a great place to party. In fact, all of China seems to take partying pretty seriously.
You guys should pop through the UAE next you head westward. It surpassed a lot of my expectations when I first went there 8 years ago (I was also expecting dusty and tired).