A GLORIOUSLY RICH INDIAN INFLUENCE
The ties between India and the Emirate of Dubai are historic, deep, and unique in many ways. The close proximity between the two, geographically as well as culturally, is reflected all through the city's character. Dubai is a land of expatriates, each bringing a slice of their own country with them. In this scenario, the Indian influence is visibly prevalent.
You can see it in the cuisine, with Indian resturants high on everyone's wish-lists. You can sense it in the clothing, with ethnic/ contemporary Indian boutiques, Indian designers/ models going down a storm with the people here. And then there's Bollywood - whose popularity is on par with Hollywood. Catch a Hindi film on a Saturday, and half the crowd in there will be locals! It'a pretty cool merging of ways and aesthetics. I love the fact that i'm just two hours away from Bombay. I love the fact that I'm just 6 hours away from London. I love the fact that I can go to Asha's for kebabs with my friends - Indian, Swedish, French, American, Moroccan, Lebanese, Emirati friends - all attacking the food with gusto with our hands :) Where else, but in Dubai?
Abu Manara Mosque
The Abu Manara Mosque is a fine example of Islamic architecture. The Abu Manara Mosque project started in the second quarter of 2005 and was completed in the first quarter of 2006.This mosque was built for a member of the royal family.
You can watch my high resolution photo of Dubai on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 25° 10' 1.48" N 55° 12' 40.13" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Abu Manara Mosque.
You can smell Dubai's Spice Souk before you get to it as it's tucked away in a few streets near the creek in Deira. The narrow streets are lined with huge sacks that are brimming over with spices such as dried lemons, whole cinamon sticks, chilli, ginger root and cardamom, to name but a few. I bought some rosemary in one shop as I use it for cooking roast lamb and also a set that contained frankincense and mur which I've never seen before plus a little urn for heating them as they are both aromatic incenses.
A BRIEF PERSIAN AFFAIR
The MIX is pretty much your standard Dubai nightclub, albeit, on a much larger scale. The music never strays from the city’s tried-tested-and-stale diet of r ‘n b and house, with the odd theme night thrown in for variety. The soundsystem’s loud, the lights are flashy, and as such, there’s nothing much worth writing about. Except when it comes to their Persian Nights.
A raucous, rabidly foreign affair, the music’s alien enough and the women exotic enough to make things a little bit more interesting. Persian pop, eastern-tinged lounge, and strains of straight-ahead Arabic pop, all packed into one long Friday night.
And that’s long enough for this brief little Persian affair...
Best Burgers in Town
Every trip I take to Dubai, I just make sure that I visit one of the Johnny Rockets' in Dubai...On my last visit in March 2006, we went to the Dubai Marina one, and got a double pleasure by enjoying the marina and enjoying the delicious burgers and shakes.
The place is a casual American Diner, and you can sit inside or outside and enjoy the water and boats of the Marina. Great burgers and yummy shakes