Sunday, December 14, 2014

Bur Dubai

      Plenty of photos were left in this post, even after all the trimming I tried to do. There you have it...a beautiful day in the old part of Dubai, the one that looks and feels like a different part of the world not just a part of the same city where you have the Burj Khalifa, The Palm, Dubai Mall, countless luxury hotels and overall incredibly modern architecture.

     This is the part of town you want to experience. On foot. With all your senses. You definitely want to take your time and appreciate the differences.

     We wandered around on small streets filled with Indian fabric shops, passed by the few relevant historical checkpoints and then immersed ourselves in the hustle and bustle of the Souk. It so happened that we were on the hunt for the best bargained spices, saffron in particular, which seems to be what everybody wants to buy. It's not like we knew all that much about it, so I am a bit unsure if we made the right purchase, quality and money wise, but we left the shops happy and proceeded to grab ourselves a freshly chopped coconut. After slurping all the yummy coconut water, feeling refreshed and having put down our thirst, we decided a 1dhs water taxi ride from one side of the creek to the other, was just too good to pass up, so off we went.

      That was an experience as well, to see how the tiny wooden vessel got populated fast and then carelessly backed out from the dock to start it's short journey. Loud noise and gasoline smells aside, we enjoyed the view from the water at sunset. The old wooden boats that look like they belong on a 'Pirates of the Carribean' set rather than actually functioning and being loaded up with various products, mostly electronics from what I have gathered, making their way to Iran...The crowded shores and all the lights reflecting back from the water.

     It was absolutely worth visiting and I am looking forward to returning to this area. I find it really special and beautiful, in a completely different way than anything else this city has to offer it's tourists.

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