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To Market, To Market...

To Market, To Market...

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041411Dubai Fish 4

041411Dubai Fish 4

Most people associate Dubai with towering skyscrapers, huge malls and exotic fish held captive in large aquariums. When I think of Dubai I think of fresh fish, you know the edible kind? This March, I found myself back in the place where I spent a few years of my childhood.

I was ecstatic to be back in the place I once called home. I spent my days soaking up the sun on the beach, zipping along the Sheikh Zayed Highway and visiting the biggest and best Dubai had to offer. Sadly, the shiny new Dubai felt alien to me.

041411Dubai Pumpkins Eggplants and Cauliflowers

041411Dubai Pumpkins Eggplants and Cauliflowers

041411Dubai Fish 7

041411Dubai Fish 7

041411Dubai Karela

041411Dubai Karela

Awash with nostalgia I decided to visit the places that I associated with the Dubai I knew. I drove down the Beach Road and visited my old neighborhood. I walked along the beach and watched as young boys standing on the rocks of the Dubai Marine cast their fishing lines into the sea. I shared their anticipation as they reeled their lines in waiting to size up their catch.  With the smell of the salt and humidity I started to feel more at home.

041411Dubai Raddishes Spring Onions and Courgettes

041411Dubai Raddishes Spring Onions and Courgettes

Dubai Market Collage 7

Dubai Market Collage 7

Dubai Market Collage 6

Dubai Market Collage 6

My next stop was the Fish Market. I must admit that I did not visit it regularly when I was living in Dubai, but for some reason, the memory of the Fish Market, which sells fresh fruit, vegetables and just caught fish, was etched in my memory. And so, feeling like I was back on home turf I ventured past the pristine buildings and manicured lawns towards Al-Shindagha to visit Dubai’s Fish Market.

041411Dubai Seagulls 2

041411Dubai Seagulls 2

041411Dubai Eggplants

041411Dubai Eggplants

As soon as I stepped into the market my senses were assaulted with the smells, sounds and colors. With every fruit on display (exotic and otherwise), beautiful vegetables and the colorful fish of the Arabian Gulf, the market was a feast for the eyes.

Dubai Market Collage 3

Dubai Market Collage 3

Dubai Market Collage 1

Dubai Market Collage 1

Dubai Market Collage 4

Dubai Market Collage 4

Apricot Jamming

Apricot Jamming

The Flavors of Jordan

The Flavors of Jordan