This was my second time traveling to Dubai. The first was a Christmas Vacation with my whole family; the second time I was there solo, not even with Brendan.
I was going to visit my sister, Jannel, and her husband, Tyler, for the first time since they moved over two years ago. Like any new location, I was excited about experiencing a new culture and for the chance to push myself creatively.
If I can sum Dubai up in one word it would be extravagant. They have the tallest building in the world (The Burg Khalifa), they have an indoor ski hill, a man-made island, ATM’s that dispense gold coins, and if you really wanted, you could call delivery service on your bag of chips!
It’s a working man's city, to live there you are required to have a job, If you don’t have a job you must be sponsored by someone who has a job. It seems a bit harsh, since you could never retire there, but the low crime rate is almost unbelievable. Tyler had to keep reminding me that it’s OKAY to not have to entrust someone to “watch my bag!” when heading to the washroom. A carefree feeling I loved and also had a hard time accepting.
Even though I would describe the city of Dubai as extravagant, I wouldn’t describe the locals in the same way. The locals, from what I saw, weren’t walking around dressed in gold chains on their way to sky dive. That was more for the tourists. Often I found locals walking to and from work, enjoying the warmth and freshness of the Emirate air. It also was neat to see that Dubai is home to all different ethnicities.
So I people watched, I photographed people in their day to day life. I also was able to convince my sister and her husband to be my subjects. They were good sports because I bribed them with beer and sheesha afterwards.
So here' s a little taste of what I got up to in Dubai, if you ever get the chance to go I highly recommend it!
- Adele :)