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Souk Madinat Jumeirah

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May 2016 – Dubai, UAE

Photo by Vasiliki Papacharalambous

Souk Madinat Jumeirah is an authentic re-creation of an ancient marketplace with traditional Middle Eastern style and ambience, located in the heart of Madinat Jumeirah The Arabian Resort, Dubai.

Visitors enter a world reminiscent of ancient Arabia through sight, smell and sound as sunlight peeks in through the wood carved archways showcasing intricate Arabic architectural design. 

Guests can explore a myriad of winding streets in this traditional bazaar-like atmosphere that hosts waterfront cafes, restaurants and bars and boutique-style open-shuttered shops and intimate galleries. 

Deira Area

  

January 2015 – Deira area, Dubai 

 Photo taken by Vasiliki Papacharalambous 

Following up on my last picture from Gold Spice Souk, the Deira area in Dubai gives you the chance to experience the rich history and heritage of this ancient city by visiting the Gold and Spice Souq. You may then visit the Textile Souq by riding an abra, a traditional wooden boat used to cross the Dubai Creek, and enjoy a truly authentic local experience. 

This is definitely a must-go attraction of Dubai since it gives you a different experience far from the glitz and glamour of the new Dubai. If you can manage to dodge the maze of touts offering fake designer watches and bags, you can actually discover some good deals and bargains.

Deep Purple

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January 2015 – Atlantis Aquarium, Dubai

Photo taken by Vasiliki Papacharalambous

Modern architecture meets the mysteries of deep blue sea at Lost Chambers Aquarium. Red is the color of fire and blood associated with energy, danger, passion, desire and love. Blue is the color of the sea often associated with depth and stability. Blue symbolizes loyalty, wisdom, confidence, faith and truth. Purple combines the stability of blue and the energy of red and symbolizes nobility, luxury and ambition. It conveys wealth and extravagance. Purple is associated with wisdom, creativity, mystery and magic….the basic elements of this creation….

Underwater Mystery

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January 2015 – Atlantis Aquarium, Dubai

Photo taken by Vasiliki Papacharalambous

The Lost Chambers Aquarium is one of the most beautiful aquariums I have ever seen with spectacular architecture and design that gives you the perception you are exploring the mysterious ruins of Atlantis, lost for thousands of years deep beneath the sea. The underwater mazes and tunnels of this lost civilization are breathtaking while the lovers of scuba diving may dive into the Ambassador Lagoon, the largest open air marine exhibit in the Middle East. Here you will glide alongside 65,000 amazing marine animals in including sharks, Napoleon wrasse, sting rays and thousands of beautiful fish. As I didn’t have the chance to live the ‘Atlantean experience’, I promised myself the next time I would visited Dubai that I would be diving into the lagoon and live the underwater mystery.

Reflections

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January 2015 – Souk Madinat, Dubai
Photo taken by Vasiliki Papacharalambous

Using reflectionsin photography can lead to some amazing effects and beautiful images. Using water, windows, mirrors or any sort of reflective surface can change an image into a work of art. The reflection of Burj Al Arab, the seven-star rated hotel in Dubai is a good example of reflective photography.

Truth is, there’s no such thing as a seven-star establishment; you can’t officially go higher than five. The Burj Al Arab’s seven-star rating may be an urban myth that got out of hand, but nothing dominates the Dubai skyline and tourists’ imagination quite like it.

The picture was captured during our visit at Souk Madinat – a recreated traditional souk – part of the massive Madinat Jumeirah resort which comprises of narrow alleyways and relaxing courtyards boast around 75 open-shuttered shops and galleries, a great selection of bars and restaurants.

Gold Spice Souk

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January 2015 – Gold Spice Souk, Dubai

Photo taken by Vasiliki Papacharalambous

When the high tech merges with religion and tradition … you have Dubai. Either side of Dubai Creek lie Dubai’s oldest and most charming souks, the Spice Souk and Gold Souk in Deira. The abra at the entrance to the Textile Souk in Bur Dubai takes you straight to the Spice Souk in Deira, where you can enjoy looking at the wooden dhows at the quayside and discover the amazing variety of goods that are waiting to be loaded.

Desert Safari

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September 2013 – Dubai

Photo taken by Vasiliki Papacharalambous

Desert safari and dune bashing tours are on the top of the list of things to do in Dubai. The afternoon Desert Safari and Dune Bashing with a BBQ dinner is the most popular excursion. There are day trips to the desert but these can be uncomfortable due to the heat which can reach up to 55 degrees.

Going for a desert safari in the afternoon it was one of a kind experience although the dune bashing was very bumpy and made me feel nauseous. The 4WD driver was of course highly skilled and in perfect control of the vehicle so I was not very concerned no matter how steep the ride was. My favorite and most unforgettable part of the dune bashing was late in the afternoon when we reached one of the highest dunes and stopped to experience the beauty of a sunset and witness the desert glowing while the sun was disappearing.