Sunday, February 15, 2009

Dubai Shopping Festival

Today was the last day of the festival, and I had been pretty busy all these days, so I decided to go to Al Seef and walk the carnival area to the abra docks. Got there by water taxi.

Rode a ferris wheel for the first time in living memory, and took some birdseye pics of the creek area.

The yacht wharfs

Midstream Deira skyline, the typical Bollywood introductory shot anytime Dubai needs to be mentioned.

The rest of the games and shopping area in Al Seef, with downstream Deira as the backdrop.

After some indulgent carnival snacks (deep-fried, of course), I strolled around the shopping area, the so-called "night souk". I was a bit hurried, but I managed to grab one thing I have been seeking for a couple of years at least.

Finally, my very own Daruma/DaMo doll. I shall fill in the other eye when I graduate.


  1. Beautiful! Hope to visit you one day.

  2. I like your DaMo doll. And the view is wonderful!

  3. Good to see some pics from Dubai different from the ones we are used to see here. What's the story of this doll ?


    "Daruma dolls (達磨, daruma?), also known as dharma dolls, are hollow and round Japanese wish dolls with no arms or legs, modeled after Bodhidharma, the founder and first patriarch of Zen. Typical colors are red (most common), yellow, green, and white. The doll has a face with a mustache and beard, but its eyes only contain the color white. Using black ink, one fills in a single circular eye while thinking of a wish. Should the wish later come true, the second eye is filled in. It is traditional to fill in the left eye first; the right eye is left blank until the wish is fulfilled."

  5. Thanks Sohan. I like this idea and I guess I would need one too...

  6. I got mine from Daiso, a Japanese goods discount store. I don't know if France has branches, but you may have a better chance of getting one from there if you do. How's the job hunt going? Maybe you can use a Daruma doll to mark getting a new job.

  7. Hey I like your Damo doll too.. May your wish come true.. yes graduate with flying colors! ;-)

  8. Too bad, Daiso is not yet established in Europe. Yes Sohan, this is the reason why I thought it could be used :-)