The Pearl of the Middle East, Dubai

by Kathleen

IMG_3217{The Burj al Arab from the Madinat Jumeirah}

The second country depicted on the Silk Road series is Dubai. I have been linking the countries I have traveled from East to West by way of one of the oldest trade routes known to humankind. Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and the other emirates have interacted with the outside world for thousands of years as an important trade port, as well as a center for pearl harvesting.

Since my January 13th post on Dubai, I have had many requests for additional information from friends who are now visiting this part of the world, and I hope this knowledge serves as a guide to getting out and exploring this fabulous oasis.

IMG_3154 IMG_3156{Souk Madinat Jumeirah}

IMG_3159{Me shopping the souks}

Visiting the Souk Madinat Jumeirah is a fabulous way to meander avenues filled with spices, scents, and fabrics through narrowly lit hallways. The waterways and bridges connect you to art galleries, antique shops and restaurants. It is a true step into the past.

The Dubai Creek or Khor Dubai is a saltwater creek that we motored down in a “water taxi” with our guide to the gold and spice souks. In the background of this picture is the National Bank of Dubai and the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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IMG_3239 IMG_3253{Our guide Murasil}

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IMG_0607{A Dhow or Junk}

Fishing is an important industry upon this creek. There are “Dhows” which are Arab sailing vessels used to carry heavy items along the coast of the Arabian Peninsula. These are absolutely beautiful crafts, each with magnificently bright colors against the deep turquoise water. It was really neat to see how each boat was setup for people to live upon, as well as fish from the creek. On my next trip to Dubai, I definitely want to travel the creek in this type of ship.

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Stay tuned,

K