Photo: @Bernadette Tapiz

Visual Diary: Old Dubai

While I am still waiting for my next out of town trip, let me share with you one of my favorite places here in Dubai (also low-key trying to build up content on the blog haha) Since I moved to Dubai 2 years ago, I haven’t been able to explore much of the UAE. Believe it or not, I haven’t been close to Burj Al Arab. I’ve been around that area but usually just pass by with no opportunity to snap a photo or two. I haven’t tried Desert Safari, visit Miracle Garden, Palm Jumeirah, step inside Burj KhalifaIf you ask me why – I don’t really know the answer. Maybe because of the busy lifestyle that you opt to stay in bed during the weekend instead of going out and exploring places. Also could be the money – I have none. Hahaha

Late quarter of 2016, I enrolled in a short course in photography and as part of our final project, we have to form a group of 5 or 6 and visit a place for a photo walk and share it to the class. Our group opted to see Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood, commonly known as Bastakiya. It is a historical district in Dubai and a scenic step into the UAE’s past.

Here are a few photos from the photo walk.

Disclaimer: Since this is a group work, I took it upon myself to include some of my groupmates’ photos on this post which I found on our shared folder. Hahaha I just wish I’ve kept in touch with them to properly link credits to their accounts.

Photo: @Bernadette Tapiz
Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (Photo: Bernadette Tapiz)
The last remaining section of the Old City Wall, constructed in 1800
Last remaining section of the Old City Wall, constructed in 1800 (Photo: Bernadette Tapiz)
XVA Gallery, a contemporary art gallery with several exhibition rooms around its shady courtyard café (Photo: Phyllip Salvador)XVA Gallery, a contemporary art gallery with several exhibition rooms around its shady courtyard café (Photo: Phyllip Salvador)
XVA Gallery, a contemporary art gallery with several exhibition rooms around its shady courtyard café (Photo: Phyllip Salvador)
Tourists (or cosplayers) walking on the boulevard (Photo: Jayson Cortez)
Tourists (or cosplayers) walking on the boulevard (Photo: Jayson Cortez)
We've also spotted some locals enjoying afternoon walks (Photo: Bernadette Tapiz)
We’ve also spotted some locals enjoying afternoon walks (Photo: Bernadette Tapiz)
My friend. (Photo: Jayson Cortez)
My friend. (Photo: Jayson Cortez)
Wind towers serves as the traditional form of air-conditioning
Wind towers serves as the traditional form of air-conditioning
Arabic Products Retail Shop, told you he was my friend haha
Arabic Products Retail Shop, told you he was my friend haha
Heritage Artwork Shop
Heritage Artwork Shop
Photo: Jasmine Castro
Photo: Jasmine Castro
There are also coffee shops and restaurants serving Arabic delicacies to cater to visitors
There are also coffee shops and restaurants serving Arabic delicacies to cater to visitors
This shop offers myriads of spices to visitors
This shop offers myriads of spices to visitors
Murals
Murals
Replica of carts used in decades past to display spice in the market place
Replica of carts used in decades past to display spice in the market place
Abras sailing the Dubai Creek right outside Bastakiya
Abras sailing the Dubai Creek right outside Bastakiya

 

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