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A Visit to Dubai’s famous Gold Souk

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While the image most travelers have of Dubai is of shiny new skyscrapers piercing the desert air (a fair impression to be sure), you can still find places in the city which date to the time before the construction boom that transformed the region.  Most of these sites of older Dubai are in the Deira and Bur Dubai neighborhoods which straddle Dubai Creek, the region of the city first settled in the 19th century.  A variety of markets can be found here the most famous of which is the gold market (aka souk).

You’ll be welcomed by it’s wood lattice arcade proudly proclaiming, “Dubai: City of Gold”!  While it is not enclosed or air-conditioned, the market’s roof provides welcome shade and …

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“Pic of the Week”, May 19, 2017: Grand Mosque, Dubai

01 Dubai Grand Mosque

Dubai’s Grand Mosque is situated in the Bur Dubai neighborhood of the old city, close to Dubai Creek, the Dubai Museum and the textile souk.  The original mosque at the site was built in 1900, rebuilt in 1960, with further remodeling in 1998 to produce the building you see today.  It can accommodate over a thousand worshipers.  Non-Muslims are not allowed to enter, except to its minaret.

There two interesting architectural features of the mosque.  One of these is the 70-metre (230 ft) minaret, the tallest in Dubai.  The other are the 54 domes of the roof (45 small, 9 larger domes).

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