I’ve been sick ever since my visit to India. From skin dryness and eczema to bronchitis. Indian weather and the air quality there just doesn’t suit me any more ( #nriproblems). I arrived in #abudhabi with a terrible cough that prevented me from getting any sleep at night for several nights. After that, I’d be too tired during the day to want to go out.
This was certainly not the way I had expected to begin my world travels.
Luckily, I’m staying with my childhood friend and his amazing family and they’ve taken really good care of me. My friend drove us all the way to #olddubai for me to to see the beautiful market there and to ride a boat along the #dubaicreek. The fresh air and bustle of the market invigorated me and I’m so glad to have left the house to see this beautiful place with great company ❤️. Do visit the #dubaicreek if you plan to visit UAE. It’s beautiful!
Motorized traditional abra
Discover the charm of old Dubai in this traditional half-boat, half-raft. This is the most popular mode of transport for cruising around the Dubai Creek, a spectacular 14 kilometre stretch which divides Deira and Bur Dubai. Hop on for a glimpse of the soulful side of the city for AED 1. *rta* .
Nothing beats a day down in Old Dubai.
Get lost in the narrow, twisting laneways, where; with everything from exotic scents, gold, raw silks and rare fabrics available. ..
The souks are located on either side of Dubai Creek which you can cross by Abra (a traditional wooden boat) for the tiny cost of AED 1.
Ever since I've touched down to my hometown, I've seen a major revamp on menus all across Dubai... from local eateries to hole in the wall to fine dining & food trucks down to fast food chains - cutting back on preservatives, oil, additives, sugar (number 1 cause for diabetes & obesity in the UAE)... dining today at one of my favorite hidden gems in Old Dubai @xvagallery was a sweet surprise... steamed beetroot twist to *kofta* with feta & cashews, roasted carrot hummus and light yogurt with dill. Squeaky clean, filling and worth every dirham. 👌
Over in Bur Dubai this morning (my laptop needed work) and decided to stroll around aimlessly. Next thing I know I’m in front of what was once a Spinneys. The very same one I found myself crying in front of, within my first 24 hours in Dubai, nearly 11 years ago. At work I had been given a map to the closest Spinneys to my aparthotel, and grabbed a taxi there from there office. Little did I know that the driver dropped me off at the wrong Spinneys. I try to walk back to my flat after shopping, using this map that was, unbeknownst to me, not relevant to my location. My butter is melting in the early June heat, I’m awfully confused and jet-lagged, I had tried to buy deli meat and no one understood what ounces were, I can’t find a taxi (they were impossible to get back then), I’m alone, I know not a single soul in the whole country. No Ubers, no smartphone (or any phone at all yet), no nothing. And I just eventually sat on that sidewalk in the 100° heat and cried. And decided that I would be getting the next flight back to the US. Needless to say, I stayed (and got back to my flat), but man that was a rough first day.
The sunrays fall as a blanket of white upon the creek. I can see the waves dance, bouncing on the ocean floor, carrying boats to the shore. I can feel the breeze, smell the fresh air, feel the sun’s warmth, hear the sound of the earth singing without words, soaring high just like the birds, the plants and trees, relaxing with ease. The serenity of this morning in #Dubai is like nothing I’ve felt before, and it’s one that I will cherish forever.
Coffee, tea or me😜 Dubai kahvesi hakkındaki düşüncelerim değişmeyecek ama çay konseptlerini sevdim😅 Benzin fiyatları ve Dubai’nin bilinmeyen yüzü için hikayelere beklerim😂🏗⛽️ #gamzeontheway#dubai#mydubai