So we've stopped off here for a few days on the way to Australia. My friend that we've stayed with was one of the people I met when I lived here and we've stayed in touch down through the years.
But it has been strange - such changes.
|Dubai World Trade Centre
as I remember it in the 80s
|And now, with the Burj Khaleefa in the background
But not only the workplaces have changed - where my friend lives is in a huge modern complex about half an hour out of the city centre. The mix of modern and old is overwhelming.
|Dubai Marina lit up at night like a jewelled necklace
|Isn't this a lovely idea to brighten up rubbish bins?
|Burj Al Arab and the Emirates Hotel
|Part of an old Portuguese Tower now housing Dubai Museum
|In the Spice Souk
|A Sunni Mosque
|A Shi'ia Mosque with its Iranian style turret
|An Abra crossing the Creek
|Indian Wedding Jewellery in the Gold Souk
|At Jumeirah Beach today with the Burj Al Arab in the background
|Kite surfers at the Beach
|And this is the house that I used to live in... wow!!
Couldn't believe it was still standing well it nearly isn't - the whole road
is being demolished making way for new buildings
And it had been added on to several times in the years grown considerably since my days in it.
I have to tell you it was a very unsettling experience.