Day 2: Nothing like the day before

Day 1 was full of flashing lights, glamour, malls, and consumerism – but Day 2 was a complete 180-degree turn from the glitz and glam with stops at the beach, the Dubai Museum, the fish market, more rain!, Bastakiya, Bur Dubai Souk (a marketplace), and some awesome dinner. Despite all the new and shiny, it’s very apparent how much history lives in this city.

A rarity: a Dubai rain(bow)!

First stop: the beach (before the second batch of rain)


Tourists. (not pictured: us being silly, too)

The fish and vegetable market.


Normally, this area would be full of fishermen and staff, but the area was relatively empty as we arrived during Friday prayers.


You could say I've got a fisheye lens.

You could say I’ve got a fisheye lens.

Bastakiya and the Dubai Creek area

The remains of the Old Dubai Wall. And my friend Kinan.

The remains of the Old Dubai Wall, built in the early 19th century to protect the old city from attack. And my friend Kinan.

Bur Dubai Souk, a local semi-touristy marketplace.


Be prepared to say no to the sellers, but definitely walk through to experience it!

The Dubai Museum



Dubai’s rise as a power came from fishing in the 1700s, far before oil was at all an influence in the Gulf region.

Lebanese Dinner: Wafi Gourmet Café


We finished the evening at the Irish Village, an area near the airport with a bunch of shops and bars where the band played Sweet Home Alabama. Goes to show just how much Dubai is a mix of people, identities, and cultures — and that no matter where you go in Dubai, you never know who or what you’re going to find.