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24 November, 2006

SpiceDisneyWorld

"They are building a roof," the stallholder explained, "to make nice for tourists."

Dubai's Old Spice Souq, one of the city's most traditional attractions, is getting Disneyfied.

And thank God.

It might seem strange to welcome the makeover and modernisation of a historic icon such as the Spice Souq, but the reality is that the souq faced a grim future. Spice sellers were losing out to bulk-selling hypermarkets located in more accessible areas. Gridlock and distance and the intense summer heat all keep residents away from the souqs. But for tourists they can still be a great attraction.

So what is actually happening there? Currently there is a ton of scaffolding up, much like everywhere in the sandlands, making it a bit less pretty but still accessible. One of the stalls has shut down, and been replaced by a fresh juice cafe. That and the increased shade will presumably benefit tourists and spice sellers alike. After all, they did a pretty good job refurbishing Bur Dubai souq. It was never going to be Khan El Khalili, but it feels traditional enough, and so will the Spice Souq. Plus you can buy herbal Viagra and Lady-A-Vergin there, so what's not to like?

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8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

haha Lady A-Vergin is HILARIOUS!

I wonder if they sell Man A-Stallion too?

24 November, 2006 14:27  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

does Lady-A-Vergin work on camels as well ? still trying to understand how that guy from RAK did it !!!

24 November, 2006 15:24  
Blogger Seabee said...

I think they've done a very good job with the souks, updated but haven't spoilt them. I'll post a couple of photos of Bur Dubai souk in 1960 and today, which shows what a good job they've done.

24 November, 2006 17:29  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"to make nice for tourists."

I want to have sexy time with your wife. For those who don't know this, it is Borat!

25 November, 2006 20:05  
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26 November, 2006 07:18  
Anonymous tom said...

Disneyfied?

Will there be Mickey Mouse?

Or maybe Goofy?

26 November, 2006 12:41  
Blogger grinch said...

rumour is they shut down 7days this morning. Any word?

26 November, 2006 17:13  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's been no 7Days delivered in The Lakes since Thursday...

26 November, 2006 17:39  

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