Last wednesday, I got invited to join the Bastikiya Souk hosted by the Dubai Cultural Council. A souk is Arabic for the traditional market place in Dubai. Now this area has been restored as a heritage site and I had heard alot about this place and was very pleased to get the invitation. So we decided to check out the location before agreeing to participate. The souk is held every Saturday between 10:00 AM and 06:00 PM. Sam drove us there late in the afternoon after we were done with all the preparation for the following school day.
I am so glad we took this trip, I was completly amazed to see the souk. So much has changed in Dubai over the past decade, its hard to believe we are still in an arab world. When we came here 18 years back, this place was so small and simple and uncomplicated, yet it held comforts for us, and it held a promise for a good future ~ ” THAT” it did fulfill.
In the 50’s Dubai was a tiny trading port. Its geographical location and the Ruler’s vision helped it grow into a mega trading Hub. Back then, the little town had homes which were built with mixture of sand,bricks and seashells.. The lanes and bylanes between houses were very narrow and ofcourse the passages were dirt roads. The homes were pecularly built with a wind tower. Being a Muslim country, women folks stayed indoors mostly, and being hot, this was a geniune ventilation system whereby cold air was trapped and kept the rooms cool even in the mightiest of the summer heat.
It was a beautiful experience. I was completly fascinated and would definetly commend the authorities for a brilliant restoration job done. The thought of selling unique handmade articrafts in such a beautiful and traditional stage would be awesome. Here a just a few of the pics.