Photographer's Note

Old Dubai was established along the creek which allowed the old fishing boats to gain access to safe shelter and convenient locations within the city itself.
Before the discovery of oil, the Arabs within Dubai earned a living mainly from fishing and pearl diving. The wealth which came with the oil allowed the locals to invest in other businesses, and to expand their city, their infrastructures and their importance in the region.
When visiting Dubai, you have got to visit the old creek areas, including the gold, spice and textile souks. This is where you can still enjoy and experience the older ways that where very much part of this city in the earlier years. It is still great fun to ride on one of the arbras (water taxis), which transport thousands of locals and expats across the creek on a daily basis.
The creek itself still provides access into Dubai, for the multitude of old dhows which sail across the Arabian Gulf from Iran, Pakistan and many other Arab countries to trade goods and pick up needed supplies . It is also where you will witness the old verses the seen by these high-rise buildings which have developed along the creek's edge.
I have cropped, added a small amount of contrast and some sharpening. Due to the heat and high humidity here, it is common to have this type of light haze in the air, which does affect clarity.

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