Up The Creek in Dubai

#1 May 3rd, 2013, 15:21
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(An unscheduled stay in the Desert Emirate)




At the beginning of our trip to India recently we endured, no enjoyed, a brief stopover at Dubai. It was unplanned and unwanted but by the end of it I had become enchanted with Dubai.

As some of my IndiaMike friends will already know, I suffered a massive nosebleed upon arrival at Dubai airport after disembarking from the Athens to Dubai flight with Emirates. An overnighter at the airport emergency room quelled the left nostril flow temporarily. We were graciously given a room in at transit hotel near to the Dubai airport. Next morning we were due to fly to Kolkata, after cancelling (at no extra cost) our flight from the previous night. But fate had other plans. In the shower the nosebleed started once again, this time from both nostrils. I had to be rushed to hospital, where I was fitted with two nasal plugs, each around four inches long, pumped up with saline solution. I will not give you any graphic photos, as they are unfit for family viewing. It was fairly uncomfortable. I had to keep these plugs in for 48 hours, during which time we were transferred to a different hotel (this time we had to pay for it), and our flight was postponed till doctors gave me the green light to travel (at no extra cost from Emirates). Anyway, to cut a long story short, 2 days later the nose plugs came out, and to my relief no more gore.

One of my docs asked me what are the travel plans. I replied: Kolkata, Nagaland, Odisha, New Delhi. He had to look up Nagaland on a map whilst we stepped out for a coffee.

Then he decided to cauterize my left nostril. A very good plan. Since then I have had no trouble with my nose whatsoever. A huge thank you is due to Emirates airlines, to the Emergency Room at Dubai airport, to Dr Mohammed and to Dr Soliman.

On our last day in Dubai we were able to go sightseeing. We opted to take the very efficient metro and to visit the Creek. This then is a photologue of what we saw.

Next time we fly Emirates to India, a scheduled stopover is planned in order to discover Dubai properly!


After a brief metro journey we visited the Grand Souq in Deira, otherwise known as the Spice Market.


Colourful spices on display


Next we took a dhow across the Creek which furnished magnificent views. It was sunny with a cool breeze blowing. It was not hard to imagine how Dubai looked before it became Skyscraper City, back in the days when it was just a fishing village.

Crossing the Creek


At the tiller


View of old Dubai


The ancient and the modern
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Exquisite photograph of the spices, very artistic!!
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Thank you n_siva, Dave, Julia, Shiver and Vaibhav for your appreciation!


We made our way to the Al Fahaidi Fort Museum, a very well displayed and fascinating catalogue of how Dubai came in fifty years from nowhere to be how it is today.


"The historic Al Fahaidi Fort, dating from about 1890, is thought to be the oldest building in the area. The Fort, constructed from sea rocks and gypsum, was built to defend the town of Dubai. It was also the office and residence of the Ruler.

... Dubai Municipality completed restoration work on the Fort in 1994, in accordance with its policy of preserving the historical sites of Dubai."

Here are some replicas of various sailing vessels:








The museum tells the story :

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Later we walked through the Indian shopping district, where Holi was being celebrated, and had a masala chai in a Keralan joint where we were the only non-Keralites. There are seven times more Indian nationals living in Dubai than local people.



Refreshed by the excellent tea, we walked alongside the Creek and then took the dhow back again to the Gold Souk from where we retraced our steps to the metro and hence back to our hotel, tired after a five hour walk, but happy.


Hookahs (narghile)
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Moral of the story being do not get sick !! If you do, fly Emirates !!


Was the food good ?


[After review of the tapes...]

Great idea to fly Emirates - they need your drachmas !!!
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Love the photos and the write up, theyyamdancer! Thanks very much for sharing all this!
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Thanks Daisy!

@ nycank - Yes, the food was excellent, though I was unable to appreciate it for the most part of my stay in Dubai. The breakfasts in particular were delicious, with foul, hummous, tabbouleh, olives, papaya, mango, etc.

Yes, for sure they need our drachmas - it takes one bankrupt nation to know another - right?
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Oh dear, yam, I was so sorry to learn of this.

I have been unable to write till now: I've been recuperating from surgery for my bunged up knee from the last India trip and have just gotten on line for the first time today.

I know what it is like to travel in India whilst you are not 100%, so it is very good that you got to stop at the hospital and get your nostrils fixed. The process doesn't sound like very much fun, but the sightseeing afterwards certainly looks grand. I'm impressed with the fact that Emirates didn't charge you to change your flights.

Did this change in schedule screw up your plans further down the road?

Hope you have stayed well.
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Hi distaff,

No worries! This is all down to a travel experience now. I made some good acquaintances in Dubai and here are some more pics especially for you.






To answer the query, no, our plans were more or less on schedule. You can read about our meetings with Konyak Nagas in the Nagaland forum. It is a work in progress. I am still writing the rest of that travelogue (Ao Nagas are yet to come in Part 2), and struggling with the sheer volume of photographs. The trip report on tribal Odisha will come eventually. Please be patient!

I hope your knee is on the mend. That is not much fun.

But here is one more camel pic to cheer you up! (You can never have too many camel photos, right?

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Thank you for the camel photos!
I love them. We both like the first one best, but beggars can't be choosers.
I'm mending slowly, mostly bored, but at least I am back online.

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One more then, in close up:
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Brilliant!

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Originally Posted by theyyamdancer View Post One more then, in close up:
I guess he thinks he has them humans trained well !
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Sorry to hear about your troubles, but sounds like it all worked out in the end. And thanks for the wonderful photos and write-up.

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