The Dubai You Don’t Read About

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Or at least I hadn’t.

On our final morning, we had a few hours to kill before our meeting, so we headed to Old Dubai. If you visit, don’t skip this part. It was my favorite part of the trip.

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There are two sections: the old city near the port, and the Gold Souk and spice market across the waterway.

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We stopped for lunch before we headed across. The food was not great, but the view was.

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For one dinar, which is almost nothing, it’s something like 25 cents, you can get a guy in one of these to ferry you across.

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There are beautiful domed mosques along the way.

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And you might make a friend or two.

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These ships were being loaded with good for Iran, which is right across the gulf.

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Having lived on a ship for two years, I was fascinated by the worn wooden vessels.

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I’m not too sure I’d want to head out into open water in one of those, but I bet they’ve been crossing the water for decades.

See that balcony hanging out over the water?

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That’s the potty. There are seats with holes strategically placed at the back of the ship. Thankfully our ship didn’t have those kind of potties.

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Along with gold and souvenirs (including some from shady guys who approach in every souk saying: “Do you want to buy designer bags, designer watches? Come with me.”) there are all kinds of spices.

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And then there was life: guys sitting around the table drinking tea and talking.

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Then we conceded to the heat and gave in to the blessedness of the air-conditioned train back to our hotel.

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One thought on “The Dubai You Don’t Read About

  1. I bought spices in Morocco from the souk, but they seemed rather tasteless. I think it was a ripoff. Right out of the bag would be better, I think.

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