when in dubai, with its ultra-modern concrete-jungle-infrastructure happening left and right, it's even more important to turn your attention back to the past - to a small part of dubai near the creek, where the 'historical bastakiya' is situated.
what exactly is this 'historical bastakiya'? find out more in my recent posting on my visit there with my sisters. click here!
naturally, we brought the whole family here, obviously enjoying all the sights!
- mock beduoin camp made to look like the original
- authentic arabian carpets and cushions inside the tent
- complete display of cooking materials and utensils outside the tent
- especially interesting is the 'arabic teapot' or hoor, barrad, or tetera
- most fascinating of all - that had gotten my sis-in-law giggling and oowing and ewwing - a real-life camel, just hanging out right outside the tent!
and so khaleef had his first camel ride!
i was sceptical at first. i can imagine how high the camel is going to be when he stands, and who knows what will happen should the camel loose its cool and suddenly runs amok! besides, the camel dude said he's gonna take them 'around' - around where? will we be able to follow? what if the camel takes khaleef ntah mane-mane?
sigh. moms worry too much!
turns out, the camel was very gentle, and moved so slow! also, the camel dude just pulled the camel with them on it, simply around a building right next to the beduoin tent! in minutes, they were already back! what a short, slow ride!
if you're interested for a cheap, short and relatively safe camel ride, head on to dubai bastakiya and for 20dhs you could ride along, or the three of you (mommy, daddy and kid) can ride for just 30dhs! enjoy!
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i like this place. i genuinely like this place. it's not just because of the historical element of it, but it's just a gorgeous place to walk around and take pictures of!
ladies : me, mom-in-law, tina and maklong; the men : asrar, dad-in-law with khaleef, and mr. khairul
even if you're not a history buff, you have to come here armed with your best camera and high-spirit to pose and smile - because there's so many nooks and corners and narrow lanes with just enough sunshine peeking through to make your shots beautiful.
you have to be there yourself to appreciate the authentic arabian-souq feel, with it's clay-like walls, arabian lamps hanging high up, thick wooden doors with metal locks, and especially the most unique part of arabian architecture - the wind towers.
to learn more about 'wind towers', click on the link i already added at the beginning of this post!
i'll be coming here again, that's for sure. when the next malaysian guest come to pay a visit, we'll share with them this lil bit of dubai's past, and they will certainly enjoy it too!