The Old Dubai Creek ~ Dubai


An evening shot of the old creek by the waterfront in Dubai with taxi-boats, taken in the UAE.

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Ah Dubai… Often associated with tall skyscrapers, modern architecture, crazy surreal projects (the best, the biggest, the tallest, the widest… Freud would have been happy..) and of course.. the Real Estate Crisis and bankruptcy.

But a lot of people who have never visited the UAE have never heard of the “old Dubai”, the area around the creek, with low old buildings, a population of Asians (Pakistani and Indian labour mostly), old taxi boats, the noise, the smells and the huge souks (markets).
It’s a part of Dubai I like, a part that reminds me of what the UAE used to be before the leaders went crazy with the petro-dollars.

I love walking in the old markets and actually being able to bargain with a merchant while he offers you a tchai (tea with milk) with a smile, creating a connection that is missing in the gigantic modern malls scattered around the newest part of the city.
And once shopping is done, take a ride on a taxi boat (those boats seen on the photo that take people from one side of the creek to the other) while watching the sunset, away from the abandoned projects and all the superficial crazy hype of Dubai’s “New Vision”.

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