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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Traditional Dubai will leave on you an unconquerable hangover

Dubai is a strange city as it is a weird mix of many things of contrasting nature. Dubai, of course, is known for the desert it shares its neighborhood with (offering the much-in-demand Dubai desert safari) and is also incredibly well-known for its Jumeirah Beach as well. At the same time, it is the same town where an indoor manmade skiing rink has sprouted (to check that out, you will need to visit the Mall of the Emirates, one of the topmost shopping complexes on the planet).


Despite the erection of sky-sniffing landmarks like the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, and Burj Al Arab, the renowned 7-star hotel in recent years, a major chunk of this city is traditional, pure, almost virginal. You get to see this black and white portion of Dubai in its bazaars and gold souks. Gold souks are markets where trading or gold and gold-made artifacts take place. Dubai is amongst the richest nations of the world not for nothing. Some people joke that gold is found in this city the way pebbles are found in Mumbai. Though it sounds like an exaggeration, we smell an underlying difference between the economies of two cities.

Dubai holiday packages are combining the best of both worlds. This destination chastely mixes the old and the new. The clash of the past and the present seems tempting, and anyone who has spent a few days on this part of Asia can easily pen a 300-page travelogue. The overwhelming landmarks, the surreptitiously conventional market places and the nature-filled beaches and deserts do make Dubai one of a kind.


Dubai’s much-talked about malls and buildings aside, this city has also got bucketfuls of heritage mosques and historic museums. A few hours spent on the less-trodden parts should put you in charge of a contrasting set of emotions. For everything which this place encompasses, it is a great place for couples as well as families.

Traditionally speaking, Dubai will refresh those who are undergoing a big bout of mundane depression. But at the same time, it will leave an unconquerable hangover which will refuse to go away. Ever!

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