Dubai Dhows at Dawn
Image © Jennifer R. Pournelle. Dhows at anchor. Deira, Dubai, UAE.
Uptown Dubai may be dominated by the breathtaking new spires of the Burj Khalifa, but the original heart of Dubai still beats down along the creeks, where dhows are still the workhorses of the regional import/export trade. From Africa, Arabia, India, and point further east, they on- and offload spices, gold, and Samsung electronics, which vie for space within new and old souks of the Old City. Explore them here in 360 views (click white arrows to move through the town). As recently as 30 years ago, dhow traffic was heavy in the Shatt Al-Arab, importing fabrics, spices, and pearls to the souks along Basra's Ashar Creek, and exporting reed mats, rice, and dates - with higher energy efficiency and lower environmental impact than today's trucking fleets. Tomorrow, we follow their route over aquamarine seas by air. #cmarsh