King at us!

Tourist sees it? Mike Peake lifts the lid on the city as seen from the other side…

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Walk­ing back through

Deira’s souqs, the streets filled with Africans,

Arabs, Asians and a hand­ful of

Eu­ro­peans, I re­alised that I had not

found the ‘al­ter­na­tive’ Dubai that

I had set out to find. Far from it. What

I had dis­cov­ered was the real

Dubai, the age­less trad­ing en­tre­pot

where Ori­ent and Oc­ci­dent meet. The

lo­ca­tion has changed over the years:

in the 1950s it was Aden, in the 1920s

Shang­hai, be­fore that Con­stantino­ple or

Alexan­dria. But for now, with­out a shadow

of doubt, that colour­ful vi­brant role

be­longs to Dubai, and for that rea­son

alone it is a place wor­thy of a trav­eller’s

in­ter­est. Kevin Rushby, The Guardian, De­cem­ber, 2010

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