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This view of the Dubai Creek was taken just upriver from where the water taxis dock. My visit to Dubai was uncharacteristically cold and wet! Just like the London weather I came from. Still, it was an inspiring place, if not a little obsessed with shopping Malls (which were incredibly built). The feeling Dubai gave to me was one of a multicultural city with many people from around the world making thier livelihoods. Only getting electricity in the 1930s, Dubai is now crammed with cranes and is building the worlds tallest building. Its worth a stop over if your flying somewhere!

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How does the mainland become an island? By spending over 500 million Dirhams, approx £70 million UK or £140M USD, to extend the Dubai Creek sea inlet. Bur Dubai means "mainland Dubai", named to signify the separation of this area from Deira by the Dubai Creek. The project to extend the Dubai Creek intends to surround this district and permit the Creek to rejoin the Persian Gulf, in effect making this area into an island.

Development rarely flourishes as rapidly as in Dubai. In less than 40 years since the modern city was founded on the banks of the historic River Zara, the demand for prestigious property has skyrocketed the construction of one of the worlds most spectacular and wealthy cities. Ambitious projects such as "The Lagoons" are changing the landscape, literally exchanging land for sea.

Visitors find Dubai and its near neighbour of Abu Dhabi to be fascinating cities. Once known only as a frequent stop-over on long-haul travel, Dubai has become a world-class destination in its own right. Built to showcase the wealth and status of its citizens, the architecture set against the surrounding desert is breath-taking and striking. Home to the world's first seven star hotel and offering shopping - and price tags - to make your eyes water, the affluent hospitality offered in cosmopolitan Dubai has already become legendary and can truly be said to cater to every wish for those who can afford it.

While the newer areas of Dubai have been shaped by the hands and cultures of its many international workers in the construction and service industries, Bur Dubai retains more of its Arabic heritage. The most popular activity with visitors is to sail along the Creek on an abra (river boat now used as a water-taxi). Visit the Creekside Park, a public landscaped garden, or the wildlife sanctuary at the current inland end of the inlet. This lagoon area is home to tens of thousands of birds including Flamingos. Or take in the night lights of Dubai during a midnight sail along the Creek on a Dhow, a traditional cabin cruiser similar to those still used by merchants traveling along the coastal ports between Dubai and India. Or even take an abra over to Deira to explore the spice and gold souls (markets) for a more authentic souvenir of this remarkable city.

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