Last week, I travelled to Dubai for an International Honor Choir Festival. My first visit to the middle east, the trip was full of new sights, sounds, and tastes.
We arrived in the city at 5 am on a sleepy red-eye flight. When the sun came up, we went exploring. It was another world out there! Different language, culture, landscape. Between buildings, in sidewalk cracks, there was nothing but sand. No weeds, no dirts, no grass, no nothing. It floored me. Dubai was really a cluster of constructions plopped down in the middle of the desert.
This Emirate is famous for its extravagant malls. We even managed to find a Japanese food vendor. (Needless to say, no sampling took place.)
The metro stations were sleek and modern.
The hummus with dinner that night was smooth and flavorful, the pita puffed and perfectly fluffy.
The next morning, we set out for the older section of the city.
The gold markets were a sight to behold!
As were the spice souks.
The dry, bright weather of Dubai was a breath of fresh air. Who doesn’t love summer?