Mouth-watering colours at the spice market
Dubai's old town (the original coral stone was all rendered over during its restoration)
Picking up some local shoe flavour
Delightful hotel room towel swan
There is an enormous aquarium inside Dubai Mall and it's incredible!
So I visited Dubai's Old Town, which unfortunately isn't all that "old" anymore; it's virtually deserted and consists of a few rendered buildings, with one or two patches revealing the original coral stone (which is thousands of years old, so I'll admit that that is rather impressive!). I then swung by the famous spice market, which was sadly also pretty quiet (I unfortunately visited the city during the EID Festival, which follows the Ramadan month of fasting/avoidance of anything considered celebratory). Although I did manage to find an open store selling beautiful bejewelled flats and snapped up a cute pair in pale pink silk. Hopefully they don't become one of those impulse holiday purchases that suddenly seem ridiculous once you try to fit them into your real-life closet!
I also checked out Dubai Mall, which I was admittedly VERY excited about. Um, there is a giant aquarium inside the mall! Full of sharks and stingrays! I actually really enjoy immersing myself in generic areas like malls and supermarkets when I am overseas, as it allows me to get an idea of what the locals are like, the trends that are popular and, best of all, which crazy foods and products are for sale! I noted that elaborate, coloured eye make-up products took up great deal of retail space and I became obsessed with the flawless, matte skin sported by the Emirati women, despite the overwhelming heat. I've since discovered that there is a specific make-up primer and a certain setting spray that are hugely popular in the U.A.E. and I am going nuts trying to find out which brands they are (please Comment below if you know)!
I have one more Dubai post to come after this, so check back soon and please feel free to Comment if you have any questions about my experience there!