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April 24th 2000
Published: March 29th 2022
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Good fun in the desert
My last two days in Dubai were spent on friendly conversation, good meals, and walks on the local streets. On Monday, to my surprise, we went to watch John play hockey. Dubai had an indoor winter arena with rinks and a facility with a short ski hill! Perhaps this could be considered the the hot-climate equivalent of heated swimming pools in cold climates.

On Tuesday we visited the Bastakiya , the old town where historically merchants lived. The fine towers and houses were being carefully restored as an outdoor museum, encouraging visitors to use their imaginations. Not far away, we went to the Dubai Museum , which I had visited earlier by mistake. The walls and turrets from the original fort spoke to the security historically necessary to a trading nation. Although I didn't make any notes, I took lots of photos.

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Bur Dubai from Abra station in Deira Bur Dubai from Abra station in Deira
Bur Dubai from Abra station in Deira

Bur Dubai is the traditional centre; Deira is the business centre. They are on opposite sides of The Creek, which is a salt-water inlet.
Abra station Abra station
Abra station

Continuous ferry service
Bastakiya from Abra stationBastakiya from Abra station
Bastakiya from Abra station

Bastakiya is a historic rebuilt neighbourhood.

Elegant style

Reconstruction underway
Bastakiya Bastakiya

Catch every breeze

Work in progress
Sheik's mosque Sheik's mosque
Sheik's mosque

Fine detail in stone
Dubai Museum - turret of defensive fort Dubai Museum - turret of defensive fort
Dubai Museum - turret of defensive fort

Minaret of the Sheik's Mosque in background

29th March 2022

Architectural details
In my opinion, we could do worse than to integrate some of the decorative detail on these buildings into our own public-space architecture. I especially like the curves that merge into a single point - if there's a name for that shape, I don't know it. :-)
30th March 2022

Curvature in Architecture
... is graceful and soothing.

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