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A few Dubai pics


From the first two days in Dubai




Desert rain
Desert rain

Thanks to cloud seeding, Dubai averages 10 days of rain per year now, compared to the 2 days that was the norm a mere seven years back.
Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach Hotel
 
Water taxis at sunset
Water taxis at sunset

1 dirham or 20 centimes to traverse the creek.
Commerce in the Spice Souk
Commerce in the Spice Souk
 
Portrait - red-checkered turban
Portrait - red-checkered turban
 
Come in, come in
Come in, come in

Typical scene from the Spice souk.
Fabric souk
Fabric souk

Some good deals to be had here, but because I'll be in India next year, I forewent purchasing anything.
Sandy skyline
Sandy skyline

When rain wasn't marring the blue skies, sand was. So much for fabulous photos of towering buildings glinting in the sunlight...
Ray
Ray

Pic taken in the Dubai Mall.
Burj Dubai
Burj Dubai

Currently the tallest tower in the world, to be inaugurated the 09/09/09.


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navicat
Apr. 6th, 2009 02:00 pm (UTC)
Oh wow! Thank you for posting :)
mnfaure
Apr. 6th, 2009 06:34 pm (UTC)
Always happy to share. :D
sunflower_sky
Apr. 6th, 2009 04:39 pm (UTC)
Quite a change from Mayotte, huh? ;) You can count on your laundry drying, let me tell you.

In Hebrew we call it a "shuk" :) Arabic in that region doesn't have a "sh" sound, as I understand.

~D
mnfaure
Apr. 6th, 2009 06:32 pm (UTC)
Very much a change. Imagine not sweating, not stinky, not suffering from humidity--even when it was rainy. On the other hand, I now remember what dry skin feels like. :P
sunflower_sky
Apr. 6th, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC)
I'm not a big fan of heat (I suffer in Israeli summers!), but dry heat is always so much better than humid. Sweating actually WORKS in dry heat!

~D
mnfaure
Apr. 7th, 2009 09:59 am (UTC)
Sweating actually WORKS in dry heat!

Exactly.
kmkibble75
Apr. 6th, 2009 06:12 pm (UTC)
Very nice pictures...
I love seeing hwo different that whole area is from just a decade or so ago. It's one of those places you can imagine completely disappearing into the desert again once people leave, too.
mnfaure
Apr. 6th, 2009 06:38 pm (UTC)
Yes, the boom has been amazing, hasn't it? Apparently, though, Sheik Mohammed has proclaimed that all building projects have to be completed by 2020.
frigg
Apr. 6th, 2009 09:05 pm (UTC)
10 days of rain per year and you manage to catch some of them. That's quite impressive. :P

Great photos, thanks for sharing!
mnfaure
Apr. 7th, 2009 10:01 am (UTC)
Yeah, we had rain at least 3 times in four days. I think someone was lying. :P
pjthompson
Apr. 6th, 2009 09:56 pm (UTC)
Lovely.
mnfaure
Apr. 7th, 2009 10:04 am (UTC)
I was looking forward to taking some really nice pics; unfortunately, I don't think I succeeded. :( Some of them are all right, but not what I was hoping for.
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