Sunday, September 30, 2007

weekend snapshot #2

Posted by Kero at Sunday, September 30, 2007

One interesting way to spend a weekend is to learn other people's customs and traditions. Yesterday, hubby and I were lucky to witness an exhibit at the Dubai festival City as part of the Ramadan Celebration. My entry for this week is Scenes from the Past -- the old times of Dubai life.

CARAVANSERAI was a roadside inn where travelers could rest and recover from the day's journey. It greatly supported the flow of commerce, information, and people across the network of trade routes.

SOUKH is unique among Arab countries. All wares are sold, from cloth of colors and textures to gold and jewelry as well as the traditional array of spices and local produce. Bartering is expected, and indeed turns the whole experience of shopping into a challenge to see who can obtain the best price.

WATER WHEEL is a machine for extracting power from the flow of water. It's most common use of the water wheel was to mill flour, foundry work and machining, and pounding linen for use in paper.

DHOW CRUISE, the traditional Arab sailing vessel.

FALCONRY, a very popular hobby among the Arab sheikhs until today. They say that if a horse is to a king, a falcon is to a sheikh.

I like the last picture best hehe. A local TV station has touted Dubai a City of Captivating Contrast and this is one minute proof - a tradition exhibited atop a modern commercial.

Have a blessed Sunday everyone!

12 sweets for Kero:

Carver on October 1, 2007 at 12:18 AM said...

This was an excellent post. I love to learn about different cultures and traditions. I'm with you about the contrast in the last picture. That's my favorite too. Have a great week.

Sandy Carlson on October 1, 2007 at 1:20 AM said...

Thanks for this educational photo essay! What a beautiful series, what a powerful experience. Great WS!

Yen on October 1, 2007 at 4:10 AM said...

Beautiful photos! It's always great to learn new traditions..:)
Mines up as well if u have a chance!

Emmyrose on October 1, 2007 at 4:57 AM said...

I love the pictures and thanks for sharing us those traditions :)

Enjoy your week :)

etteY on October 1, 2007 at 5:34 AM said...

Beautiful! thanks for sharing!

Kero on October 1, 2007 at 9:36 AM said...

Thank you so much for your compliments. I hope to share more on the next entry. Now i will do a round up of your blogs. i know this is going to be fun!

**"Liza"** on October 1, 2007 at 10:16 AM said...

Ohhh those are really great information nice to know few thing about once tradition..beautiful photos too..have a great week!!

mousey on October 1, 2007 at 2:32 PM said...

wow! very interesting. what i like with ramadan is the celebration after. lots of foods! lol!

Jhoaniquing on October 1, 2007 at 2:33 PM said...

nice and informative entry..thanks for sharing it..
mine is up now and here too pls

Lynn on October 1, 2007 at 8:07 PM said...

That is why I love blogs from different parts of the globe. It's a grand virtual country hopping. :) I enjoyed your sharing here!

Jean Chia on October 2, 2007 at 6:09 AM said...

great pics! i enjoyed looking at them! its always good to learn new culture! :)

Jean Chia

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