Old Dubai

When people mention Dubai, they immediately think of sharp, contemporary skyscrapers, excessive wealth and hot, hot sun.  Whilst it is all that of course, I personally find the older elements of the city of more interest.

I loved my trip on an Abra – for a pittance, you have a very enjoyable boat trip on the water – unbeatable.  And you end up at one of the many souks in the city where bargains are to be had and bartering to be done (great for diamonds and pearls in particular) …

A little known fact is that the history of this nomadic people dates back centuries and you can see a little of what it was once like at the Dubai Museum, housed in the Al Fahidi Fort built in 1781 …

Built with towers that provide air flow to cool down interiors, this is of course the earliest form of air conditioning …

Oh and the souks … did I mention the souks … they remind me of The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul.

Gold as far as the eye can see, and around the corner, spices, dried fruits and all sorts of potents and potions guaranteed to sort out any and all ailments!

Go for the sun of course and the fun that is Dubai but don’t forget to go to the older parts of the city too!

Contributor:  Sue Lowry.

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