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Old Posted Mar 23, 2014, 7:12 PM
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24 Hours in Dubai (2) ٢٤ ساعة في دبي

This is my 2nd of 2 threads on Dubai. You can view the 1st thread here.

All of these photos were taken during a brief stopover on my way to Japan. My next thread will be from Tokyo.










































































































































































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I only viewed the second thread...how did you get so many remarkable pictures in one day? Was it one 24hr day?

Great thread.
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doobie doobie dubai.

well that thread was all kinds of awesome.

cant wait to see more of your trip!
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Yeah, 24 hours?! You were on a mission! Great work
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Outstanding city and pictures! Thanks for sharing. Great thread!

I love Dubai´s skyscrapers, some of them are really amazing. Spectacularly captured.

Congrats and greetings from Madrid, Spain.
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Men and skyscrapers... I'm sure the areas you visited are traditionally male-centric (market/docks), but I'm curious how the rest of the city fares. Did you see women in other areas of the city? What are the streets like at the bottom of all the new high-rises? Are there stores and pedestrian activities or just blank walls? From my understanding, it is very suburban in design, just with tall buildings. Cool shots.
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Men and skyscrapers... I'm sure the areas you visited are traditionally male-centric (market/docks), but I'm curious how the rest of the city fares. Did you see women in other areas of the city? What are the streets like at the bottom of all the new high-rises? Are there stores and pedestrian activities or just blank walls? From my understanding, it is very suburban in design, just with tall buildings. Cool shots.
Yes of course there were women, I just sure as hell wasn't going to try to take a pictures of them. That said, it's no Saudi at the end of the day. You just need to be respectful.

In terms of life, the old town of Dubai is surprisingly vibrant, not pretty or even that old, but still a decent labyrinth of narrow streets and concrete slab buildings, traffic and pollution. Felt more like somewhere like Karachi than ones stereotype of Dubai.

Elsewhere yes you are right, it is more like suburbs with skyscrapers. Most of the life is inside the malls (which I hate, but actually considering how hot it was in November, I imagine in summer you need to be inside).

I walked the length of Sheik Zayed rd and yes it was fairly soul destroying. There were shops of sort at the bottom of the skyscrapers but the road is too big for any kind of real human scale.

The new downtown area around Burj Khalifa is ok actually, it very much feels like a work in progress, but give it time and it may have some life. There are restaurants and people smoking shisha and stuff going on on the pavements. Same with Dubai marina which feels very manufactured and a bit fake, but at the same time does have life going on. Give it time to feel more lived in and it may be ok.
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Why are the subway stations empty? Do people actually use them?
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Wicked tour. A lot more grit than I expected. Grit makes a city more interesting.
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