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This post was edited by WhiteBear at 2013-3-19 10:33|
How is Dubai?
It's a great, and rapidly developing city and the capital of Emirate.
It's a "promissed land" for many, build on the work of milions immigrants. And still building...
It's a place when You may see a modern Islam.
It's a place as similar to China as possible.
There are culture and law with strong roots.
There are wealth and poverty.
There are social care and expensive services.
There are modern buildings and crowded, almost ruined ones where some immigrants lives.
There are most expensive cars in the World, and a seas of white pick-ups.
I spent one month of my business trip to Emirates, living in International City, where lives all immigrants You can imagine - from Arabian countries, India, Pakistan, Africa, Europe, and of course from China.
What I've seen? take a look :)
ferry waiting for a passangers - that ship offers "recreational cruizes"
You are NOT allowed to take photos of the people, because of strict Islamic law
- myth. You just have to feel the moment when They allow You.
Police in Dubai may be sometimes strict, but they are also people, for example feeding homeless cats on this picture (this officer few minutes before bought some meat in the same shop I was buying some refreshment drink).
In the district where a lot of Indian people lives.
bike rides still secured with the foil and bubble bags, sometimes for a months.
This is to avoid wearing-out.
"Tailors street" just a hundred meters away from "Suuk Street" where most of the tourist makes shopping.
Here at the price of ready-made clotches You can order tailored ones.
Man taking rest about noon,
in the background - mosq's wall
Indian traditional clotches, and Hindu religion "accessories"
just beside mosq. No problem at all.
Ships waiting to be loaded on the Deira's bank of Creek.
I couldn't believe my eyes - all ships there was made of wood, even 50-meter ones.
Many ships are really old, and I admire brave captains...
Between ships being loaded, and waiting to be - there are some "tourist boats", working as a taxi, governed by RTA (transportation office of Dubai)
and again - colors and shapes at the bank
Emirates Flag, and the mosque at the background - typical view
men resting on the cold stones
looking inside "driver's seat" of the tourist boat
ship moving from the port entry to the cargo bay
work and building is all over, but at noon - everybody rests
old buildings in the "India section" of the city
restored, and more correctly - made from scratch.
this is how Dubai looked like about 50 years ago
a lot of mosqs of course, so every Muslim can find one
Suuk Street, exactly Old Souk
view from Old Souk creek bank, toward Deira
...and the other way round
small cargo ship rebuilt as a tourist boat
...and modern water buss
at the left - water taxi, at the right - water bus
bus stops are modern, and well designed
Burj Al Arab - probably most famous, 7-star hotel
proud for the Emirates... and biggest Christian cross on the shore, if You look from the see
(there was a time when Sheiks was about to decide to deconstruct it...)
two of few symbols of Arabian countries - Camel and Horse
those was just a sculptures, taken at early evening
some subway stations shows a history of the Arabs
afternoon view on the centre of Dubai, taken in Festival City
Burj Al Kalifa dominates the horizon...
some wealthy foreigners lives in villas (like nationals), some in buildings like that
and some - in the castles like that :)
Dubai Mall - biggest in the World, with the range from non-expensive brands to top-brands.
a lot of Chinese people around LV...
modern buildings in the Dubai downtown,
and a look along the metro rails
THIS is what is Dubai for me - a lot of sun, city founded on Islam, and still building
sunset shot of tourist boats preparing to sleep
and loading last cargo on ships
Dibai Creek - tourist boats and mosques
...and another impression about bus stop
here You can see the size of the ship - all made of wood.
for me - very unusual, because in Europe this size ships are usually made of steel
tourist boats beside the small cargo ship
streets in Emirates are crowded with cars, but a bicycles are often seen
this picture is made near Nasq Square, in small street
why? because of shapes and colors :)
the same here - impression on the City (Deira)
and empty Gym in International City (China)
in Dubai You can find western food, or a traditional - all at reasonable prices... or VERY unreasonable if You decide to choose some famous restaurant
some signs may be a bit unusual...