City of Gold: Dubai and its Gold Souk 2



This was the 51st post (Day 51) of an entire year-long series, which I named ‘Project 365′. The idea was simple enough: travel for a full year and document every day of it, in the form of a daily picture and poem. I am still working on a book of this year-long travel, but till then, enjoy all the posts here. You can check out the daily posts in the details below or jump to the final day of the project by clicking here.


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.
Dubai creek sunset

Located near the gold souk, even the Dubai creek looked golden at times.

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.



Further Reading: You’ve seen the gold souq now. What about an Iranian souq in Qatar? Click here for Souq Waqif!


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About Abhi Surendran

Abhi quit his corporate job, and decided to immerse himself in travels, photography, occasional periods of bankruptcy, and copious amounts of insanity. He is currently working on a book of his experiences, and a dream road trip through South Asia. Both in a haphazard fashion. He blogs at Iamnothome and you can also catch him at times on Facebook and twitter.

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