When it comes to "over the top" excessive, there’s Las Vegas. Then when Las Vegas starts to get a little boring, there’s Dubai. Amazing contrasts of ultramodern (the Burj) and the "wannabe" classic in the typical tourist traps that are the local souks. Combine some local art and what I’d call "recently old" Middle Eastern architecture and you have a seriously cool place to explore.
Young People, Old Ideas
It’s amazing to see teenagers walking around a modern mall, buying modern stuff, wearing modern shoes and carrying a modern purse – wearing traditional clothing.
Fire in the Sky
It’s not every day that you get to watch a skyscraper catch fire! Apparently the construction workers caused a fire on the third or fourth floor that led to evacuation and entertainment for us all.
Is That a C Clef?
The Arabic writing on this wall is ornate, reminding me of a string of music sheets.
I love the sights and and sounds, and especially the smells of the Middle Eastern souks. Here, a merchant’s wares are on display for your delight – no glass panels to keep you away, just the raw tactile sensation and aromas.
Wait For Me!
A lonely bicycle parked waiting for somebody to appreciate it’s sole purpose in life.
These hanging wall climbers are fantastic! Creativity crosses all cultural boundaries and expresses itself in ways that we can all appreciate.
I love this street art! The allure of the masked woman with the swirling of what could be a cape or a scarf – amazing.
The Back Alley
A back alley that you wouldn’t want to walk down alone in the dark.
Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger
An array of spices awaits. It’s hard to get bored with Middle Eastern cuisine unless you have stomach problems or no taste buds!
Does purporting to be from another third-world country gain some sort of trustworthiness here?