A long walk
Dubai Travel Blog› entry 2 of 6 › view all entries
February 8th, 2008 – by: easyjobrob
As you drive around Dubai you get the feeling they should have a sign up saying "Under Construction" as it really is.
Anyway - I was dropped of at the souk and immediately attracted a shoal of hawkers who seemed to feel that I needed a fake rolex or similar. This reminded me of swimming off the coast of Mombasa where all the little fish crowd around you until they realise you have no food for them...then off they go.
I ambled around the souk trying to soak up the atmosphere but it really didn't have one...I was hoping for a frenetic mishmash of haggling and salesmanship but really it was just a dusty covered mall. The most interesting thing I found was a closed shop that had a stunning wood and brass door.
This opened out onto the Dhow Ancorage which was the thing I loved the most. Hundreds of wooden dhows anchored up unloading their wares. Cars, refrigerators, tomato sauce, toys, fabric and many anonymous boxes lined the wharf. The quayside was thronged with sailors and traders. They did not seem to mind the tourists snapping away and I managed to chat with a few of the traders who were taking a rest..they had come from India and were plying the region moving small loads for independant traders.
They would have shown me around their Dhow but it was tied up 3 dhows out and the others were unloading.
I carried on along the quay and decided to take the long walk back to my hotel to get a feel for the place. Further up the quay are the pleasure boats of the rich and floating restaurants but these were really boring compared to the working dhows and the joyous workers there...hence most of the photos are from there.
I crossed the floating bridge and wandered along deserted open roads all the way back to the hotel..nothing of interest happend on the way back so this log ends here..hoping that Qatar may offera little more to see...but I shall never forget the friendly Indian sailors in Dubai.
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