I have just spent a couple of days in Dubai (my first time there) and thought I’d post some pictures and impressions on this vibrant city.
When I saw one of the malls with an aquarium housing hundreds of fishes, SHARKS, huge stingrays, all seemingly in harmony (I was told they are fed very well, so do not feel the urge to feed off each other), the wide six-lane freeways, the skyline, the thousands of restaurants of every cuisine imaginable, the cleanliness of the surroundings, the efficiency, the five+star resorts, the sparkling subway, …, I thought “this is like DisneyWorld made into a city”. Locals have adopted an American-style courtesy (and efficiency) and retained their native warmth and hospitality.
My friend took me to the Dubai museums, which showed Dubai back a mere fifty years ago, when it was a tiny fishing village surrounded by the desert; people back then used to pinch their noses and dive into the Persian Gulf to retrieve pearls from oysters, as a livelihood. Houses were built out of clay and outfitted with a tall wind tower, to get some primitive but efficient air circulation to bear the Summer heat.
More than 170 nationalities live side-by-side in Dubai; on a walk alongside the harbor, watching men load-up cargo on the traditional wooden dhows, we saw cute Korean girls dancing on the lawn; a group of Chinese folks performing tai-chi. Below, a friendly Iranian man explaining the saffron choices.
An unexpected spice in the spice and perfume shop at the souks.
Check-out the traditional wind towers in a modern shopping center, a tasteful way to incorporate tradition and modernity.
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