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53 thoughts on “Dubai: Where Tradition meets Modernity”

      1. I was there as a child last so I just remember the malls and glitzy aspect of it. I am not a fan but well your photos are alluring.

      2. Same here. I am not a fan of gigantic mall that sell everything. Too confusing and too many people. And thank you for your compliment 😉

  1. Amazing pictures, Len, and very nice reportage! I’m very curious about Dubai, I would love to go one day! 🙂

  2. I have yet to make my way to any of those glitzy cities in the Middle East, each filled with ultramodern, supertall skyscrapers. It’s nice, though, to see that in places like Dubai the historical quarters are well-preserved and still brimming with life. Again, you took some stunning shots! I particularly love the one with Burj Khalifa in the background.

  3. I really like your shots of the city at dusk. It’s much better than I have envisaged.
    What camera do you use? Have you gotten photography lessons before?

    1. Nope, I have never had any photography lesson. Only know some basic rules. I am using a Fujifilm X30, a compact camera. A DSLR is too heavy and too complex for me 😉

      1. Yep, I feel exactly the same… I can’t imagine carrying excess baggage when travelling so I shoot with my trusty iPhone! My husband’s been telling me to get a DSLR though, I’m yet to be convinced… 😐

      2. Well, your iPhone’s photos look impressive though 😉 The Fuji camera is also easy to use, even for a non-tech-savvy like me. I cannot understand all the parameters, but I am still able to make photos with it 🙂

      3. Thanks Len! I love my phone, can’t imagine life without it. Yea agree, we never use all the functions anyway. 🙂

  4. Very nicely written and great pictures! Thanks for sharing, I’ve learnt some interesting things. We are going to Dubai and Abu Dhabi next week and would lije to focus on the older parts of town as well. I think I am going to be blown away by the contrasts!

    1. My pleasure! I am glad that you like it. I have heard that Abu Dhabi is more traditional than Dubai. So if you are looking for contrasts, I guess it is the place to go 😉 Enjoy the time there!

  5. Great post. Dubai changes so fast. I first visited in the 80s and subsequently a couple of times in the 90s. I’m sure if I return I’ll hardly recognise it!

    1. Indeed, it changed a lot. I saw some photos of old Dubai, around 20-30 years ago. The skyline was totally different, with only a few skyscrapers. And they keep building something new each year. So I guess the whole skyline would be much different in the next decade 🙂

    1. I think three days would be enough, if you do not include chilling time on the beach or shopping 🙂 Majority of attractions are accessible by metro or bus. But taxi is also affordable.

  6. Amazing pics. You explained Dubai very well and one can make time travel once they are in Dubai and visiting above-mentioned places. Thanks for sharing such a nice post.

  7. You have a talent for taking pictures of the building and their beautiful architecture. Loved all the picture and your decision about Dubai. I have been to the place only once it was a short business visit so didn’t see too much. Now I know what to see next.Thanks for sharing.

  8. Beautiful photos and guidance. I love the traditional, historical location more than the glitzy high-rises which seem to scream out over indulgence and overcrowding. Your photos of Al Fahidi gives a sense of community and peace – not sure if that is the case but if I were to visit that is where I would gravitate. Thank you for sharing.

    1. My pleasure! I think you shouldn’t worry about an overcrowded Al Fahidi because many visitors skip this place. They go to places that have AC or beaches 🙂 I was there at around 10:30 AM but there are only a dozens of people around. At noon, the alleys are all yours as locals either go to the mosque or take a break.

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