TravBuddy website censored in Dubai.
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June 14th, 2008 – by: cmgervais
â€śWe apologize the site you are attempting to visit has been blocked due to its content being inconsistent with the religious, cultural, political and moral values of the United Arab Emirates.â€ť
TravBuddy, censored? That just doesnâ€™t make any sense at all to me. I donâ€™t see how the content could be construed as offensive to anyone. And if the site doesnâ€™t fit with someoneâ€™s values, canâ€™t that individual choose to avoid the site? Someone or some group is out there deciding what is appropriate for an entire population? I will stop now lest I go into a rant, but I think we will have to agree to disagree on this one.
Dubai is much bigger and more spread out than I anticipated. I had a hard time figuring out where to go first since it was clear there would be no walking from sight to sightâ€¦itâ€™s WAY too hot for that. So we ended up taking a cab nearby mall, Wafi. It was very quiet there, and the stores were mostly upscale designer brands. We had no luck finding a pair of Teva sandals for Steve, although I did find some of the Clarins lotion that eluded me all through Asia.
Next we grabbed a cab and headed off to the Dubai Museum. I wasnâ€™t feeling well at this point -- I was not only very tired, but also sick to my stomach. So I donâ€™t think I got as much out of this visit as I could have. The museum had dioramas showing Dubaiâ€™s past lives, back when metal was hammered out by hand and the primary transportation was camel.
From the museum, we walked to the nearby Dubai Creek. I donâ€™t know why itâ€™s called that -- itâ€™s very wide and busy with water trafficâ€¦ not at all what one expects a â€ścreekâ€ť to be. Although it was very hot out, there was a nice breeze off the water, so we decided to stroll around the Fabric and Clothing Souk in that area. For me, the word â€śsoukâ€ť conjures up narrow winding passageways, tiny shops filled to the brim, and aggressive hawkers.
Next we continued our search for Teva sandals at Dubai Festival City. This mall was still being built and only partially occupied, but it seemed very busy nonetheless. (We had no luck on finding the sandals there either.) We ate lunch in the food court, where I studied the very wide spectrum of dress to be found at the mall. There were tourists (and ex-patsâ€¦foreigners who obviously were living in Dubai) wearing short skirts and tank tops, which seemed at complete odds with the conservative dress many of the Muslim women wore. This ranged from highly conservative (i.e. full-on burqa: a shapeless black gown to the floor, gloves, veils, and no skin showing at all) to â€śMuslim lite,â€ť a black gown or robe thrown over regular clothing, with the face showing and the head loosely covered.
Some of the men were wearing jeans and t-shirts, but many were wearing more traditional-looking dress. With their crisp and cool white robes (either to the floor, or to the knees and accompanied by loose white pants) and distinctive white and black or white and red headdress, I think the men got the better end of the bargain here.
After lunch, I didnâ€™t feel well, and we were both tired. We made a quick trip to the grocery store in the mall, and then back to our hotel. Naps, reading, and general laziness followed. It feels terrible to lose a half day like this when we only have three days total in Dubaiâ€¦tomorrow I will hopefully be able to pick up again and see some of this city!
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