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DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Day 2 of three days to explore Dubai

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Dubai has an endless supply of water because all of their water is desalinated sea water. There are flowers and green grass everywhere here in the desert!

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A classic teak dhow on Dubai Creek

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Dubai grew from a small fishing village along the “Pirate Coast” of the Arabian Sea (Persian Gulf). The village was next to the “Creek”, an inlet here lined with dhows that are loaded with cargo for export.

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We took a boat trip on the Creek on a dhow – we got prime cushion space up on top.

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The biggest bargain in Dubai is a ride across the Creek in an Abbra (shown here). It only costs 30 cents!

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Someone has nicknamed the shoreline around Dubai the “Pricey Coast” instead of the Pirate Coast. Easy to see why – here we are in the super upscale Wafi Mall, in the Khan Murjan, a recreation of a legendary 14th century Bagdad Souk.

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This was little Dubai, nestled by the Creek, in 1822. This model is in the Dubai Museum, an excellent museum housed in the 150 year-old Al Fahide Fort.

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The museum has a range of interesting artifacts and dioramas from the pre-oil days, focusing on historical links with trading and pearl diving. Want to buy a camel?

Posted by Swenigale 03:51

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