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Concrete and Colour in Dubai - Little Observationist
THE DETAILS Location // Dubai, United Arab Emirates Length of stay // 5 days Travel companions // Me, myself and I Purpose of trip // Work, with a bit of extra time to explore THE STORY A solid veil of night time heat engulfed me the moment I stepped outside of Dubai’s international (air-conditioned) airport. The heat was accompanied by a cloud of swirling cigarette smoke that gathered at the ceiling of the taxi rank. I waited, in a queue of other travellers with their cling-wrapped suitcases, to be whisked down the highway by a sleek white car to my modest hotel room for the next five nights. In the morning, I woke up to dust-coated windows. Below, a small silver circle indicated the Qiblah – the direction of Mecca, to which Muslims face to pray. Outdoors, the sky was the colour of clean concrete. It stayed that way for five dusty days and had been that way for months. It extended down to the dry earth over the sprawling flats of the old city built in a similar hue. The latest and tallest glass skyscrapers reflected the same tone. With just a few hours break, I spent my first afternoon at the Dubai Mall to …