Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Dubai that I love .

You are maybe not very familiar with that Dubai.
Beside the crowd the numerous malls the fancy living and the Disney-kind of scene park for grownup where everything is to clean and pretty to be honest . here are the vestige of the real gulf . mummified into a “clean-pretty” look . But they did conserved it kept it. wish is a good thing because most of the Gulf countries did not yet realized how valuable is their heritage , such as Kuwait , old mud house and “ madinas”(old city or village) have been turn down by hungry promoters and nothing remain but one or two “diwanya” and mosques .

The ancient Arabic living is very interesting in terms of surviving skills , How this peoples survived in tremendous summer heat , with little imported water from Iraq , surrounded by aggressive desert .

They had to be a fantastic team work for anything at any stage of life. Blending into the environment, understanding nature and hidden bounties provided, having little needs and great pride for what they achieved in life rather than what they accumulate in materials.
Reading the surface of the sea to avoid being stuck on traveling sand dune in the meddle of open sea , they hade to put their life in God’s hand to dare navigating without instruments on a such basic barge sleeping on the deck eating dates and dry fish .

Where is that knowledge today ? only little of them remembered and it was not so long ago those mans still alive but silent no body cares really , they are more vestige than heroes . it ‘s to shiny outside to look at the inside .


viera said...

Beautiful post, Zelda. I lived in Dubai (and Abu-Dhabi) ..oh it must be already 12 years ago and this is a Dubai I remember. It was quite a shock to see it last year. So overdeveloped, fast...
Thank you for the nice memories.

Zelda said...

hoooo dear god ! 12 years , yes ! their was almost no capucino avalable in town ;-)
now the new 1km tower hght is freaking me out ! my brain got stuck to figure out the scale. it's out of humain proportions .

Pascale said...

C'est une bonne idée de partager avec nous un petit bout de ce coin du monde que tu aimes.

Joyeuses fêtes à toi et toute ta famille!


Camilla @ Designalogue Blog said...

I visited Dubai a few years ago and went to this little part and the fabulous spice markets. The rest of Dubai was interesting to visit - but this part of town showed the real soul of the city!