One of the most fascinating things about Dubai is the juxtaposition of old and new. Dubai City, with the Ruler’s Palace, the ultra-modern Burj Kalifa , and upscale shopping centers is on one side of the Dubai Creek and Deira, with the gold souk, more modest shopping areas, affordable housing and shopping is is on the other. In between, is The Creek, actually an estuary, plied by abras (water taxis big and little), floating restaurants, fabulous motor and sailing yachts and the dhows. The dhows are wooden vessels of ancient design and travel the Middle Eastern and African coasts. Their cargo is incredibly varied and …..interesting. This image is of the Deira side of Dubai Creek.
- Monday’s Magical Moment: Dubai, Uae (emmmyjaysexcellentadventures.com)
- An Overwhelming Visit to Dubai Creek (touradvisers.wordpress.com)
- Some info regarding travelling to Dubai (dubaireise.wordpress.com)
- Dhow Cruise Dinner (trip2desertsafari1blog.wordpress.com)
- What Makes Dubai Special? (poshdeals.wordpress.com)
This is a “little abra” or water taxi on Dubai Creek (which is actually an estuary of the Red Sea flowing through the center of bustling Dubai). They ferry passengers between Dubai and Deira on either side of the Creek and can also be hired for a sightseeing tour. There are also “big abras” offering the same ferry service. They queue at the jetties the same way automobile taxis do at taxi ranks and are usually loaded with workers going to and fro.
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Copyright 2013 Mary Jane E Clark
Two years ago, I was stranded in the United Arab Emirates at Christmas because of terrible snowstorms across Ireland and England. I was delighted to find, in this very Muslim country, many Christmas decorations and carols being played. Of course, being the UAE, this Christmas tree is “over the top”….it’s decorated with $11 MILLION worth of jewelry! It was in the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi and was very well-guarded.
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL
NOLLAIG SHONA DHUIT
Copyright 2012 Mary Jane E Clark
I really enjoyed seeing the red, white and blue when I was homesick in Dubai. The crane may be the national bird of Dubai.
copyright Mary Jane E Clark 2011
NEW YEAR’S EVE, BURJ KALIFA, DUBAI
I am blessed to have had so many EXCELLENT ADVENTURES and I also want to share some MAGICAL MOMENTS, through photos, so I’ll try to do this every Monday. One photo, one caption. That’s all…………… Fireworks at the Burj Khalifa, Dubai, UAE, 12/31/2010