reminiscing old DUBAI

by - 9/29/2013

Whenever we think or speak of Dubai, what comes to our mind?? gigantic skyscrapers, state of the art architectures, plexus of flyovers and other world record breaking things. But what we do not ponder upon is what this city originally was. Dubai could not have been this since ages. Located in the midst of Arabian Desert, it had nothing which could support life. It had only millions of gallons of oil reserves to boast about. Well we all know that its history now and how these Arabic people have defied every natural obstacle with technology.

I have always been fascinated with past. Be it a person or a place, I feel that unless one knows about his/its history, the information is always half baked. I am in habit of digging up even the forbidden past!! it??

When I visited Dubai, I was intrigued to know how this city looked before. Given the pace of exponential urbanisation, it was very difficult to find out something absolutely authentic. However, when I started for city tour, our first stop was the Dubai Museum and I was overjoyed!!
 The Dubai Museum is situated in the AL FAHIDI fort. This fort is supposedly the oldest standing structure in Dubai. Built in 1787, it has been preserved carefully so as to protect the city's heritage. Entry ticket was of 5 AED and all my questions were answered as I started touring inside the museum. :)  
Inside the fort, there is simulation of the lifestyle of the Arabic people that existed hundreds of years ago...the houses in which they lived, the weapons they used, the kind of villages...everything that was possible to be simulated. In a nutshell, it gives you a tour of ancient Dubai. 

inside an old styled (simulated) Arabic hut...

replica of ship factory..

one from the huge fleet of ships on display...

this is how they used to grind spices...hubby giving a try...

simulation of a no frill bedroom... how about comparing it the 7 star suite of Burj Al Arab?? :d

the process of extracting oil...even enacting is tedious!!

this tower is supposed to be the oldest existing structure of Dubai...built in 1787

the Al Fahidi Fort from outside...

with my dad outside the gate...

dont I look like a true nomad?? :D

selling arabic of the very few crops that can grow here...

with a burqa clad seamstress...

a village market scene in full activity...

can you spot my ticket :p

thirsty I am...I need to pull out water from this well :D

this kind of boat was used for fishing...

a water tank....

p.s This is the only museum in my life where photography is allowed in every nook and corner. Isn't it delightful?? :D

I wore:
dress: globus
accessories: forever21
purse: louis vuitton Annie GM model
sandals: from malaysia
hat:  H n M
sunnies: Dolce n gabbana

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  1. Gorgeous pictures Mandira! Love your dress! :)

  2. Looks like a lovely educational place to visit! :)

    Away From The Blue

  3. I like your hat and dress!
    Thank you so much for your nice comment on my blog!
    Stella from a A Shiny Place

  4. Beautiful pictures!! I love your dress

  5. Never seen how old Dubai was before! Nice post :)

  6. How that you showed us a side we normally don't see of Dubai!

    It's still on my list haha :D

    Got a new post up and can’t wait to see your opinion!

    Happy Week!



    Marlies Monday

  7. Lucky you. Wish I could visit Dubai too. I had no idea how it looked in the past. Thanks for sharing. That museum is really lovely and it's great your allowed to take pics inside. You look adorable as always. Love your cute dress.

    xx Mira

  8. I love Dubai and I went there too! It's a fab place, I love every single corner of this magic city!
    Xxx beauty


  9. Wow!! Dubai is amazing!!! Fabulous trip!!
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  10. Love your Dress <3

  11. Love the photos! That must of been so interesting and exciting to have seen. P.S. Love the Dress! Make sure to check out this blog:

  12. This is really interesting! We have here in Bavaria a similar kind of museums which shows the life in the past. Thanks a lot for sharing this interesting post!

    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  13. What a cool throwback to what seems like an amazing vacation! I've always wanted to visit Dubai. Just like you, it's growth completely amazes me. Love your outfit by the way :)

    Simply Akshara

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  15. Reading about old Dubai always brings back such nostalgic memories! It's incredible to see how much the city has transformed over the years while still retaining traces of its rich cultural heritage. I remember strolling through the bustling streets of Deira and marveling at the traditional architecture, bustling souks, and vibrant atmosphere. As we reminisce about the charm of old Dubai, it's also fascinating to reflect on the advancements that have taken place, especially in the realm of healthcare. Today, Dubai boasts some of the most advanced medical facilities in the world, including top-notch cosmetic surgery hospitals.