21st August 2014 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
In a land where tales of sweat and tears are commonplace There is a market where those tales turned to gold. Like ants building their own hill, little by little, Everyone builds their fortune here, both new and old.
A lot of what is written about Dubai, is about the high-flying Emirati lifestyle and the skyscrapers giving high-fives to the clouds. But there is another side of Dubai where the old, uncomplicated way of life still prevails.
Old Dubai is the name given to key districts like Al Fahidi, Bastakiya and Shindangha, where many buildings are still in old Arabian style, and almost every street is a souk (open market). This section of Dubai runs parallel to the Dubai creek, and one can cross the creeks on an Abra (a small boat) for just a 1 DHM ride. I crossed the creek to the Old Dubai Souk section, the highlight of which was a gold souk. Yes, a whole market dedicated to selling gold and jewellery!
No wonder, even the creek had gained a golden tint.