Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Dubai Museum

Well, if I do win that sweepstakes, visiting the Dubai Museum is going to be my first stop.  It may be the one and only building in Dubai that I will recognize.  I'm so glad it's still there!  Unchanged.  Historical.  A glimpse into a world long gone.



The museum is housed in the old Al Fahidi Fort, which was built in 1787.  It is the oldest building in Dubai.  Today it is surrounded by grand skyscrapers, glitz and blitz.

I read recently that the United Arab Emirates may become uninhabitable by 2050 if global warming continues.  The summer heat will be so intense, not even air conditioning will cool things down.  Hopefully, this won't be the case, but it does worry me.

One of the most fascinating exhibits at this museum was the wind tower--a replica of a house built in this part of the world before air conditioning.  A tower above the house caught the wind and forced it down to the living quarters.
Inside the museum are lots of displays showcasing pottery, jewelry and weaponry.  There was an interesting exhibit on falconry with exquisite drum-like perches for the birds to stand on.  I also noted in my journal a six foot skeleton from 950-550 B.C.

This museum gives the traveler a rare glimpse into a lost world.  Today, Dubai is right up there with London, Paris and Singapore as one of the most sophisticated, beautiful cities in the world.  The traveler no longer goes there to float down the river in an old wooden dhow or picnic with sand crabs and fishermen on the beach (like we did).  Today the traveler will sip cocktails by a pool.  Shop at Dior.  Dine at Wolfgang Puck's.  The traveler will be enveloped in a cocoon of unrivaled luxury.

So much has changed since I was last there.  And so much will change again.  What will Dubai be like in another thirty years?

 Will it even exist?
  


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