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With rows of skyscrapers lining the Sheikh Zayed road, multiple mega malls and many multi-million pound offshore developments. Dubai may look like a temple to the petrodollar but, as anyone who spends more than a few days here will tell you, there’s far more to the city than that.
It is here that you’ll get a taste of ‘real Arabia’ in the shape of the abra boats that ply the creek and the bustling spice and gold souks that have changed little over the years.
As a result, eating well and cheaply is easy, whether you’re in the market for the full Lebanese kebab and mezze experience or a visit to Ravi’s, an unprepossessing Indian establishment decorated with formica tables, that has become a cult favourite with expats.
Immigrants dominate the city, with the majority of Westerners clustered in the upmarket Marina, the glamorous Palm or the almost entirely brand new Downtown Dubai.
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There are three different Dubais, all swirling around each other. The latter is home to one of Dubai’s most striking landmarks, the gargantuan Burj Khalifa tower, as well as the similarly enormous Dubai Mall. Set back from the sea, the area is awash with slick new hotels.
Thirty years ago, almost all of contemporary Dubai was desert, inhabited only by cactus es and scorpions. In the mid-18th century, they built a small village , in the lower Persian Gulf, where people would dive for pearls off the coast. In the dusty fort of the Dubai Museum, a sanitized version of this story is told.
Further south are Mall of the Emirates and Ibn Battuta Mall.
Both vast and selling everything from designer clothes to pungent oudh (perfume). This is all supposed to be illegal. Employers say to pay on time, never take your passport, but I met nobody who said it happens. Not one. These men are trapped into staying, with the complicity of the Dubai authorities.
But don’t get stuck in the shops. The city also boasts stunning beaches. On the outskirts spectacular desert scenery that would still be familiar to the Bedouins who once wandered this stretch of land.
But something has flickered in Sheikh Mohammed’s smile. The ubiquitous cranes have paused on the skyline, as if stuck in time. Once the manic burst of building has stopped and the whirlwind has slowed, the secrets of Dubai are slowly seeping out.