Note: This is the first of two posts recounting Eye on the East’s recent visit to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
So I finally went back to Dubai. I didn’t expect anything to feel familiar, given that so much had changed in the eight years since my first visit. Part of me knew what to expect, and part of me hoped for something new.
It felt exciting to witness firsthand the grandiosity, despite the frivolity, of the biggest, the tallest and the brightest. But there was also a longing to find something more simple, authentic, something more Emirati, if anything like that exists.
Barely 20 years ago, few would have imagined that a small little desert settlement, nestled in a small corner of the Persian Gulf, would be transformed into the metropolis it has become today. Even though Dubai means different things to different people, some swear by it, while others swear to stay away from it, there is something about it that deserves much respect. But there is much left to be desired.
From the dizzying heights of its skyscrapers to the daunting lows of the desert dunes, and all the shopping in between…While the dust of the Arabian desert settles on my thoughts and impressions, I leave you with some snapshots from in and around the city of Dubai. The rest will follow…