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Dubai – Past and Present {Photo Junket}

By on Sep 23, 2012 in United Arab Emirates | 2 comments

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Al Bastakiya

Al Bastakiya in Bur Dubai

Throw away everything you think you know about Dubai, as its more than big buildings, bold visions and cashed up Arab families. Dubai is a fusion of old meets new, a cross road of a vibrant Islamic society deciding on what western values to allow and ultimately, a dynamic story of an old world trading port meeting the robust new world of capitalism. The largest city in the United Arab Emirates is nothing like you imagine and everything that you never knew you wanted. Think Singapore fifteen years ago fused with Shanghai today, and nothing encapsulates this more then by traveling along the Creek in a traditional Abra and in the distance seeing the shinning Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. Dubai is a true melting pot of past and present.

Yes the city is largely about wealth and if you want to shop til you drop you will be at home. From perusing through souqs of spices and gold, before buying Prada at the massive Dubai Mall. Yet, and to my greatest discovery, you’re merely ten minutes away from Bur Dubai; the rustic, charming and quiet heart of Dubai. Where winding alleyways crowded with spices and goods, meets the old world opulence of the Creek. All encased within the steamy hot weather of the Middle East, which for your perseverance, you will be generously rewarded with cool lime tea and not to mention the best kebab of your life. To me, Dubai is a juxtaposition in my mind and well worth a visit in its own right, rather than a two night stop over that it is often advertised as.



One of Al Bastakiya Wind Towers

One of Al Bastakiya Wind Towers


The various wares at one od Dubai's manhy Souqs

The various wares at one of the many Souqs


Dubai Musem

Dubai Museum

Dubai Creek, the lifeline of Dubai

The Creek, the lifeline of Dubai


Burj Khalifa - The Tallest Building in the World

Burj Khalifa – The Tallest Building in the World


Dubai Mall - yes is has its own aqaurium

Dubai Mall – yes is has its own aqaurium


New Dubai - Polished and Ready for Business

New Dubai – Polished and Ready for Business


Have you travelled to the UAE? Let us know your thoughts below. I cant wait to go back and visit more of the Middle East – thinking maybe Oman next time.


  1. Aline Mayard

    March 20, 2013

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    Oman is definitively an amazing country, combined with Dubai and Doha, it gives a good idea of the different aspects of the Gulf countries. I finished a 3 months trip in the MIddle-East, I felt in love with the region!

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