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Postcard 5 from the Arab world – A female solo traveller

From the Bastakia Quarter I wandered over to Al Fahidi fort and then into Dubai Museum, which is hosted inside the fort.

Lovely ship on display outside Al Fahidi fort

Lovely ship on display outside Al Fahidi fort

Al Fahidi Fort was built in several phases. The oldest tower was built around 1787 and believed to be the oldest building in Dubai that still exists today. The fort was used to guard the landward approaches to the town from the raids of neighbouring tribes. It has also served, at various times throughout history as the ruler’s palace, a garrison, and a prison.

Al Fahidi fort with the muezzin tower of the Grand Mosque just visible

Al Fahidi fort with the muezzin tower of the Grand Mosque just visible

Inside the fort are displays of traditional wooden boats and a traditional house.

Al abra (used for transporting people between the 2 sides of the creek) and Al Hourney (buillt from a single tree trunk).

Al abra (used for transporting people between the 2 sides of the creek) and Al Hourney (buillt from a single tree trunk).

Traditional house with walls made of palm stalks to encourage the breeze

Traditional house with walls made of palm stalks to encourage the breeze

Under the fort is a network of rooms that house the main section of the museum. I particularly liked the lifelike dioramas.

Diorama of a cafe

Diorama of a cafe

Diorama of a school

Diorama of a school

In the museum I learnt about the early inhabitants of Dubai with artefacts from an archaeological site in Al Qusais area that goes back to 3000 BC. I also learnt about the daily life of the Bedouin people of Dubai. It was very interesting, well-laid out and definitely worth the visit. I was interested to see the similarities to the Dilmun civilisation of Bahrain and I think that the Bahrain Museum is far superior to the Dubai Museum.

As the sun set, dozens of birds circled Al Fahidi fort

As the sun set, dozens of birds circled Al Fahidi fort

I had assumed that theft is non-existent here because of the penalties under Sharia Law but I was offered an iPhone by a shifty looking Indian fellow so I guess that isn’t true, so when I walked through Hindi Street and the souk in the early evening, I turned my backpack onto my front to protect my goodies.

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Hindi street was jam-packed with people preparing for Diwali

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The ferry stop was very busy with traditional boats carrying passengers from one side of the creek to the other.

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The old souk is nice to look at but the Pakistani vendors are annoying with their persistence in trying to get my attention

Dubai Creek at twilight

Dubai Creek at twilight

The buildings are nicely lit at night

The buildings are nicely lit at night

After wandering along the Creek bank and seeing interesting old buildings I headed back by Metro to my hotel where I made good use of the pool and shisha lounge. It was delightful to eat dinner and smoke shisha by the poolside in my bikini, far from my secluded life in Saudi Arabia.

Dubai skyline from my hotel

Dubai skyline from my hotel

Luxury is a hotel pool

Luxury is a hotel pool

My other posts so far on this trip:

https://strivetoengage.wordpress.com/2014/10/14/postcard-1-from-the-arab-world-a-female-solo-traveller/

https://strivetoengage.wordpress.com/2014/10/15/postcard-2-from-the-arab-world-a-female-solo-traveller/

https://strivetoengage.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/postcard-3-from-the-arab-world-a-female-solo-traveller/

https://strivetoengage.wordpress.com/2014/10/18/postcard-4-from-the-arab-world-a-female-solo-traveller/

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