This was probably my favorite day in Dubai.
Not that I am a big shopper or anything, cause I am not.
I just like to see different things, and there was a lot of crap to see this day.
As I mentioned before, Dubai has a lot of Indian cultural influence.
(Indian as in from India, not Native American.)
There are marketplaces down by the area they refer to as "the creek."
The creek is a natural sea-water inlet which cuts through the center of the city.
On one side of the creek is the textile souk.
Now is the time, post-trip, where I wish I would have bought more...
I bought a really small pair to put on a shelf. I am sure the ones my size would look like boats on my size 8 feet and probably give me major blisters.
Mikayla lost a tooth in Dubai. The tooth fairy paid her in Dirhams. (Dubai currency)
She got a 5 dirham bill. It equaled about $3.50 American. She carried that bill around with her to the souks, searching for a treasure. She ended up buying a camel stuffed animal. They tried to sell her this awful thing that when you pushed its foot, it played this totally obnoxious Arabian song/chortle thing. I spotted her some extra cash to get the bigger and nicer camel...the one that played NOTHING.
My ears and sanity deserve that.
She named it "Cammy Coo" the camel.
Cammy got carried with us for the whole darn rest of the trip.
I guess you could swim it, to save yourself 30 cents, but the water looked suspect.
The water taxis were pretty cool.
Probably the favorite part of the day for my kids.
They were no frills.
The ride was probably ten minutes.
The creek was not very wide.
Give us your money!
When you crossed the creek, the first souk was the spice souk.
You could smell it before you got to it.
I could not tell if I liked it, or hated it.
It was strong for sure.
They also used curry to flavor nuts.
We didn't try them.
We aren't real exotic.
I did buy some chunks of Frankincense and Myrrh.
Both are tree resins indigenous to Arabia.
I can't really describe the smells?
Google said Myrrh has a warm, rich, spicy balsamic odor.
And Frankincense has a woody, spicy, haunting smell. It is slightly camphoric, but is regarded as more pleasant.
Let's just go with that.
I was happy to have some to show my kids come Christmas.
Also, this is a great lead-in to the next souk.
Frankincense...myrrh...and what was that third gift the wise-men brought?
We didn't walk the whole thing.
We didn't have five days to do so.
It would be so embarrassing not to have one.
I already have two, or I would have totally nabbed this one:
Remember how I couldn't decide if the spice souk smelled good or bad?
Yeah, well, the fish market was definitely in the bad category.
They also had a dried fish area.
And by "awesome" I mean, I wish someone would have farted.
Adjoining the fish market was a meat market, with hanging carcasses. I didn't take photos...too busy plugging my nose and trying not to gag.
And next to all that carnage, was the fruit and vegetable market.
We sampled fruit we have never seen before:
Hanging slabs of mystery meat, or dairy-filled street vendor pastries...not so much.
They also had a whole section dedicated to figs and dates.
They were delicious.
I didn't know there were so many kinds.
My local grocery store carries one brand.
They look like sugar encrusted scabs.
Dubai dates have ruined me forever for my usual grocery store variety.
We took the water taxi back across the creek with our bags of souvenirs and headed back to the house.