Today began in Dubai at 12.00PM. A rare lie-in thanks to the time difference and the curtains obscuring our 34th storey windows. Thanks for putting us up Tom Anderson. Tough this. In the foreground, the sheik’s brother’s house, complete with a lawn constantly watered in the heat. The two palm-planted plots either side will be part of the sheik’s daughters dowry one day.
We spent the afternoon down at the creek, the small, authentic end of Dubai. 1 dirham gets you across the waterway and over to the gold souk on the other side. Dubai grew out of a fishing and trading village on the banks of the creek in the 1950s when the population was 60,000. Sixty five years later it has the tallest building in the world. Desert to city in two generations. We’re off to explore the bright lights tonight.