Monday, April 27, 2009

Just another hotel?

While almost half of Dubai may have made its way to the famous Atlantis hotel since it opening in November, I can now claim my rightful place in the sun. I made it down to The Atlantis over the weekend for a small celebration and it turned out to be quite an experience.

The Atlantis have have been news for all the wrong reasons including it's multi million lauch party and then for this.

But my visit to the hotel certainly made me one of its strong fans. The place is simply out of the world. Loved it. Every bit.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Went back to Jumeirah this week and came across this small group of 'locals' having a chat.
The place was almost deserted and there were not too many other people besides these guys. As they sat against the background of a setting sun, I wondered what they were discussing. The future of Dubai? The recent bad press that Dubai has received? Their roles in the modern day Dubai? The 'real Dubai' that they may have never seen?

Friday, April 3, 2009

The tradition of fishing

Over the years in Dubai, I had never ever come across a local Emarati fisherman so it was quite an exciting sight to see this young Emarati fixing his nets on the beach.
Dubai is steeped in the tradition of fishing and it was interesting to see that a lot of this tradition is still evident. The young man spent almost 4 hours all by himself weaving a net while his toddler played alongside in the sand. As I started talking to him, it was evident to me that this young man was well educated and well traveled.

But he was so passionate about his family's traditional occupation - fishing. He told about the boats that he keeps and a few interesting stories from his experiences.

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