Dubai Diary #3 Deira and Bur Dubai

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Old Dubai, Deira & Bur Dubai

EN: Not far from the new "bling-bling"world, there is the old Dubai which used to be the commercial center. I now understand why people refer to Deira and Bur Dubai as the "mini India", but frankly, it is quite difficult to spot any locals anywhere in Dubai, here the chances are close to zero. We arrived in Deira (with metro) in the morning to discover what this city looked like only a few years ago, we wanted to smell the Spice Souq (where you can buy aromatic spices, saffron, Agar Oudh etc), admire the gold displays at the Gold Souq (home to many shops with gold jewelry), one of the oldest schools in Dubai, Al Amadiya, (where some of the city’s most prominent citizens were educated) and of course the Perfume Souk (where you can buy the spicy Arabian attars - perfume oils, and ornamental perfume bottles). Later, we took a boat taxi (Abra which costs 1AED) across the Creek to Bur Dubai and headed straight to a lovely cafe Bait Al Wakeel with a view of the Creek and much needed breeze. Around 1pm most of the shops closed for lunch break and also the heat started to be unbearable. It was so hot and we were extremely tired, our water was no longer drinkable and we couldn't walk any more, so we hopped into one of the thousands of taxis, towards the beach. I'm glad we didn't skip this old historical part of Dubai, there is so much more to see and do than what we did, so it depends on you how much time you want to invest in this part of Dubai (bearing in mind the extreme heat), it's worth the visit. xx
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SK: Kusok od noveho "bling-bling" sveta sa nachadza stary Dubaj, ktory byval obchodnym centrom mesta. Teraz uz chapem, preco ludia nazyvaju Deiru a Bur Dubaj "malou Indiou", ale uprimne povedane, je dost tazke vidiet miestnych obyvatelov kdekolvek v Dubaji, v tejto casti mesta su sance celkom nulove. Prisli sme do Deiry skoro rano, aby sme objavili ako vyzeral Dubaj iba niekolko rokov dozadu, chceli sme ovonat korenia na Spice Souq (kde si mozete zakupit aromaticke korenie, safran, Agar Oudh), obdivovat zlate vitriny na Gold Souq (domov mnohych obchodov so ziarivymi displejmi plnymi zlatych sperkov), jednu z najstarsich skol v Dubaji, Al Amadiya, (kde sa vzdelavali niektori z najprominentnejsich obcanov mesta) a samozrejme Perfume Souk (kde si mozete kupit arabsky Attars - parfemovy olej, a ornamentove flasticky). Neskor sme nastupili na lodny taxik (Abra, ktora stoji 1AED) a previezli sme sa cez Creek na druhu stranu rieky do Bur Dubai. Zamierili sme si to rovno do kaviarne Bait Al Wakeel s vyhladom na Creek a prijemnym (a nesmierne potrebnym) vankom.  Okolo trinastej hodiny vsetky obchody zatvorili na obednu siestu a takisto koli horucave. Bolo tak horuco a my sme boli nesmierne unaveni, nasa niekolko krat prevarena voda nebola pitna a uz sme nevladali viac chodit, tak sme naskocili do jedneho z tisicky taxikov, smerom plaz! Som rada, ze sme nevynechali tuto staru historicku cast Dubaja, aj ked by sa tam dalo vidiet ovela viac. Zalezi len na vas kolko casu ste ochotni investovat do jeto casti mesta (hlavne vzhladom na extremne teplo), urcite sa sem oplati zajst. xx

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  1. What an exciting trip this must have been ! It looks like an disconcerting city I wish I could visit one day and your pictures are wonderful.

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    1. Thank you Aurelie! We were so lucky that we had a chance to visit Dubai!
      I hope you'll visit one day too :) xx

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  2. No words left ! You've covered every aspect of Dubai, in it's true essence.

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    1. Thank you so much Deven!
      I'm very flattered, especially when it comes from someone who knows Dubai so well! :)

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    2. Hana , I was fortunate to be a part of the transformation of Dubai, working there in the construction industry, from a desert land to the amazing metropolis it has evolved into. ! You have rightly put it, a wonder that the power of " Money and Man " can achieve in such a short time span !

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