Dubai. What a city. It seems almost unreal, an oasis in the desert, full of skyscrapers and unimaginable wealth, the modern juxtaposed with the traditional. When we arrived, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, and even now, I’m not sure how I feel about the city. Regardless, I can’t deny its draw as a fascinating place to visit, and I certainly wouldn’t be opposed to going back there to explore further.

 

We spent only three days in the city after our trip to Sri Lanka, staying at the incredible Oberoi Dubai. (Seriously, this hotel knows how to look after its guests. Not only are their rooms spacious and comfortable, they even went out to buy the exact brand of deodorant and toothpaste we were using because they thought they were nearly empty… they were nowhere near empty. And don’t get me started on their amazing breakfast buffet; I was glad we spent a fair bit of time walking around).

 

During the day, we wandered around various parts of the city, finding it surprisingly easy to navigate on foot and by public transport. We visited the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, an organisation that runs insightful programs designed to teach people about the culture of the United Arab Emirates and its people, and roamed through the glittering souks at night, smelling exotic perfumes and fending off hushed requests to come around the corner to buy fake sunglasses.

 

This post is well overdue, given we visited Dubai more than two years ago… but here are a few photos from our visit.

 

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The Burj Khalifa

 

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Buildings in Dubai

 

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Dubai waterfront

 

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Sharing a meal at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding

 

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Graffiti (or just cool art?) – not something I expected to see in Dubai

 

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Dubai doorway

 

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Modern Dubai buildings glowing golden as the sun sets

 

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One of the very modern train stations in the city

 

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The famous Atlantis Hotel from the train

 

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Everywhere you look there is incredible architecture, both modern and traditional

 

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Gold for sale in the souks

 

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Bottles of perfume for sale – I couldn’t resist buying a few

 

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Perfume shop

 

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The busy streets of Dubai