Middle East

Arcadia Blank: The Graffiti Artist of Dubai

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Grafitti in Dubai Arcadia Blank

On my way to the gold souk in Dubai, I came across a big yellow box with two pipes running into a much smaller wooden box. The construction site looked crude. On the larger wooden box, someone had graffitied the command “Ask your tour guide about this.” The instructions were underlined and a square-shaped U sat at the bottom as a signature. On the other side of the box was a pair of eyes and thickly raised eyebrows that indicated either fear or shock or doubt. The eyes peered from a burka and had Arabic writing beneath it. Read more

37 Hours in Dubai

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Atop the Burj Khalifa Dubai. One of the best things to do in Dubai

Dubai grew from the desert in the last two decades. Everything is massive and in the record books. While the New York Times will give you 36 hours in one place, we at Somewhere Or Bust give you 37. Without further ado, here are the best things to do in Dubai if you only have 37 hours. (Since the New York Times’ 36 Hours never adds up to a day and a half, neither will this, if you’re keeping score at home.) Read more

Traveling Around Dubai Cheaply

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Boating Traveling Around Dubai Cheaply

While traveling to Dubai can be pricy as the hotels are grandiose and the attractions are all superlatives, once you’re there, moving around the city is very affordable and provides some of the best authentic experiences. Read more

The Viagra Salesmen of the Dubai Spice Market

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Spice Market Dubai

“I was hoping you could put together a nice mixture for a chicken recipe,” I said to one of the vendors of the Dubai spice market, hoping to use the mixture to prepare a romantic dinner for my wife when I returned to the States.

This spice salesman didn’t look like his modest competitors, all of whom stood beside their barrels of pulverized cardamom, dried jasmine petals, reef-like pieces of turmeric and ginger, and appeared dressed for the mosque, whenever that call to prayer would echo through the city and pull them from the souk. Everything this young man wore–designer jeans, fashionable belt, black leather shoes, hair gel, and cologne–indicated that the combination of night and house music would be the only thing to get him to close up shop.

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Dubai Islands

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View of City Across Gulf on Dubai Islands Jumeirah Island

During my trip to Dubai, I stayed on Jumeirah Palm Island. Most people are shocked when I tell them that Dubai has islands. Their surprise is warranted, since, just ten years ago, Dubai’s islands did not exist. Jumeirah Palm is manmade and sits in the Gulf in the shape of a palm leaf, with fronds and a stem that lead toward a crescent that is home to some of Dubai’s most luxurious hotels, including the Atlantis and the Rixos. Jumeirah will be the smallest of three manmade Palm islands, but it is currently the only one complete. (Deira Palm Island, which will be three times the size of Jumeirah and will become the largest manmade island in the world, should be ready by 2020, when Dubai expects to host the World’s Fair.) Read more