Part 7: Heritage Village, Old Souqs, and Sparky's Dubai
After a very modern experience in Dubai, it was time to learn about the older days of the city. There's not much of the old left in Dubai, but some still exists in Heritage Village (most of them are replicas). Heritage Village can best be compared to Colonial Williamsburg, but not nearly as expansive as its Virginian cousin. The Village greatly lacks in the information department. The buildings are there, but there are very few placards to tell you what things are and their significance. It was interesting to see what the old buildings looked like, but it left a lot to be desired.
We then walked a few blocks over to the Textile and Gold Souqs. We had been warned ahead of time about the high pressure sales, and the warnings were right on par. When walking around the Textile Souqs, there were plenty of sales people outside of the stores trying to put a scarf over our heads. WARNING: if one of these scarfs touches your head, you're buying something! As for the Gold Souqs, if you're looking for a Rolex knock-off, you won't have any problems. Plenty of sales people walked up to us with several on their arms for display. We took an Abra across Dubai Creek to visit the Spice and Electronic Souqs. The Abra was quite a fun ride and for just 1 AED, it was a cheap one, too!
We took a quick stroll through these Souqs before heading to the Metro for our first park of the day, Sparky's Dubai. Located inside of the Al Ghurair Centre (which was easily the nicest "locals" mall we visited), this was THE nicest of the Sparky's we visited. The coaster (creatively named Roller Coaster) is shoe-horned into the small space and looked like a lot of fun. Too bad it was closed for annual maintenance! The horror! We had lunch before going back to our hotel for our next destination, but that's for the next part of the report...
Onto the pics! Enjoy!
Welcome to Heritage Village!
I guess this hut is traditional.
The shopping area. Home to the same crap you can find anywhere else!
An old street.
The House of Poetry was one of the few buildings you could enter, but all that was inside was visualizations of the Koran. (KK)
Some building. (KK)
These gentlemen were performing traditional song and dance. It was very entertaining.
One of the few old buildings left in Dubai. It was built in 1931, and it has a face.
Textile Souqs. Don't let them put the scarf on your head! (KK)
More of the Textile Souqs. (KK)
Could this enchanting item become Lady Gaga's next showpiece? (KK)
Entrance to the Gold Souqs. (KK)
Dubai Creek - ready for crossing! (KK)
Riding on an Abra! (KK)
Crossing Dubai Creek. (KK)
A loaded Abra. (KK)
The Spice Souqs were my favorite. (KK)
There it is...the Al Ghurair Centre! (KK)
Yet another gorgeous mall!
It's credit time!
Roller Coaster's track.
The clearance is low in here.
The coaster is simply EVERYWHERE!
Coming into the station.
A roller coaster skeleton. Soon to be reassembled.
A Dubai Metro entrance. (KK)
An ad for evaporated milk that we saw EVERYWHERE. I guess the Emiratis love their waterless cow juice!
That's it for Part 7! Stay tuned for Part 8: Al Montazah Amusement Park, Mall of the Emirates, Ski Dubai, and Souk Madinat Jumeirah!