Once we arrived into Old Dubai via the Abra, it was like we stepped into a different time, and a different world altogether. And this is easily my most memorable part of Dubai.
From the huge metropolis housing the tallest skyscrapers in the world, we step into a different realm once we crossed Dubai Creek:
I learned that these bigger boats (bigger than the Abra anyway), like that light blue on the left , travel as far to north Africa to trade. Isn’t that amazing? Wonder how long it takes them to reach Africa. And I don’t even want to start wondering about the safety features. But it’s a gobsmacking thought that modern and high-tech Dubai still uses this kind of old style trading.
And most of the trade goods are appliance as can be seen here
Now just past this trading port, is another must-visit when in Dubai. The Gold and Spice Souk (market)
I have to admit, it wasn’t as chaotic or crowded and bustling as I imagined (and hoped) it to be. It was very clean and organised. There were some narrow alleyways that were the spice section, but majority of it was orderly.
All spices you can think of, by the gram, pound, or kilo! They also sold lots of teas but I didn’t really get to have a good look (or whiff) at them.
It’s not polite or should I say, not allowed, to take photos of women wearing burkas. To be on the safe side, I skipped taking photos of all people wearing traditional clothing. So this was the closest I got.
If you are into gold, this will be Diagon Alley for you. I am not a fan of gold, most especially when they are dripping screaming, Jay-Z style. But they are definitely everywhere in the souk!
Dubai may be where the biggest shopping malls are, with the largest and biggest high street and designer luxury brands are. But the spice and gold souk is where the character and history of this place is.