al fahidi, dubai - april 2019

Arab civilization once played a great role in contributing to human knowledge, and will play that role again.
— His Highness, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Garbage rubbish bins

Ah yes, Dubai. Skyscrapers. Flashy cars. Huge diamonds. The city is often defined in terms of oil and money, however there is much more to see than the world’s largest shopping mall.

The Arabic version of the ‘Yellow School Bus’. I had no idea it was this universally known!

The Arabic version of the ‘Yellow School Bus’. I had no idea it was this universally known!


DUBAI MUSEUM + AL FAHIDI FORT

The original  Al Fahidi Fort , built in the 1787. A startling difference when compared to Dubai’s modern skyline.

The original Al Fahidi Fort, built in the 1787. A startling difference when compared to Dubai’s modern skyline.

I have seen tourists from a multitude of countries today. Yet, Western dress seems out of place (my opinion) in this Muslim majority country. Such a strange feeling when you have never felt that way before.

I have seen tourists from a multitude of countries today. Yet, Western dress seems out of place (my opinion) in this Muslim majority country. Such a strange feeling when you have never felt that way before.


AL SOUQ + AL KABEER DISTRICT

Grand Bur Masjid. If you look closely you can see worshippers’ shoes by the entrance doors.

Grand Bur Masjid. If you look closely you can see worshippers’ shoes by the entrance doors.

UAE Pigeons: Much skinnier and much more loved than the North American variety.

UAE Pigeons: Much skinnier and much more loved than the North American variety.

Shop windows tell so much about a country’s likes, needs and wants.

Shop windows tell so much about a country’s likes, needs and wants.

Dubai’s architectural style is a mix-and-match of various styles from Spain, France and Morocco. It’s unlike anything I’ve witnessed.

Dubai’s architectural style is a mix-and-match of various styles from Spain, France and Morocco. It’s unlike anything I’ve witnessed.

Next up: La Mer Beach and possibly… the Dubai Spice Souk.