Insight Dubai Day # 2

March 24, 2008

A very nice day today. I was woken up at 5 by the Muezzin’s call to prayer, which was a nice demonstration of the fact that Im in a different country. We spent thee morning going back and forth between small and large group discussions. First we talked about women in our respective countries who are working to promote peace. Later, we did a mock UN simulation about the idea of insituting quotas for women in government. I think there was a certain degree of frustration for a lot of people in doing this, since we were attempting to tackle extremely broad topics in very short segments of time. However, it was very interesting to hear peoples opinions, especially on the subject on quotas. More people ended up being against it then I would have thought, being at a women’s conference, all though in the end we voted as a group that some form was necessary. ( What form, is an open question for a much longer debate.)

Anyway, later we went out and explored the city alittle bit. We went first to the heritage village in the middle of the city, which is a preserved area of traditonal emirati streets. Then we too a water taxi (an abra down Dubai creek in the middle of the city) and had dinner. Dubai, like any developed city, holds a certain amount of familiarity (same tall buildings, drugs stores and cheap restaurants.) There are also soooooo many cranes, to give a physical demonstration of all the development which has been occuring. I think that in about ten years, when Dubai really becomes fully developed, it will be something to say I’ve been here and seen the city when it was in the process of creating itself. It’s so strange to be in such a new country. Its all sort of like a real life game of Sim City where people can choose whatever thing they want to include in it with no limitations.

Anyway, I’ve been writing this at an internet cafe in the hostel where I’ve been staying, since the converter I bought doesn’t seem to work with the computer here and I used up all the battery power in Amerstdam.  So, while I’ve been taking lots of pictures, I’m not totally sure how Im gonna post them. Ill keep playing with options, but if worse comes to worse, I may wait and post them all next sunday or monday when I get home.


2 Responses to “Insight Dubai Day # 2”

  1. Rich Wener said

    Your eyes do not deceive you:
    (Found on web)
    “Dubai: About 30,000, or 24 per cent of the world’s 125,000 construction cranes, are currently operating in Dubai…”

    Can you tell if most of these buildings are office towers? housing? hotels? Any of architectural distinction?

  2. Linda said

    It sounds like you’re doing great Rebecca: I’m so glad to hear it! Keep up the good work and know Mt. Holyoke and I are very proud of you! 🙂

    PS: You survived the flight!? Woo-hoo!!

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