I remember the first time I went to Dubai in June of 2011. It was the craziest thing I had ever seen. Everything about that place is unreal, and it was even crazier the second time. But before I get off topic, let me tell you a story about my first time (lol).
Anyone who knows Dan knows Dan is a super generous person, so generous that it could be a fault at times, but anyhow, Dan invited me to Dubai 2 years ago just because he wanted to show me Dubai and he wanted me to have some dope blog material. I initially said no because at that time, the only time I ever travelled was for work. So Dan made a few phone calls and said, "Good. I just lined up some shoots for you. You're coming to Dubai."
Next thing you know, I was on an airplane flying 6900 miles to Dubai. It was the first time I had ever been overseas and I was flying alone. Dan was already there.
Once I got off the plane, I was greeted by a lady in traditional Arabic clothing with a sign that had my name on it. I felt pretty G, I wont lie. lol. She walked me through the whole check in process. The customs officer had to scan my eyeballs and let me tell you, scanning eyeballs is not an easy thing with an Asian. I had to hold my eyes open and it still didn't scan. lol.
Dan and his brother Ali picked me up from the airport and the first place they took me was to Dubai Mall (the biggest mall in the world) for a quick little dinner and some sight seeing.
I remember waking up the next day and saying to myself..."Shit son. I'm on the other side of the world." It took 25 years for me to get this far.
I woke up, opened all the curtains, ordered some breakfast up and then we took a short trip out to Dan's office and headed over to the Mall of Emirates...which was the world's largest mall until Dubai decided to build Dubai Mall and beat their own record. lol. Frickin' Emirates are so crazy! lol.
Camel milk and camel milk chocolate might have actually been really tasty, but Im really bad with trying new things. I usually don't like new things the first time I try it. I didn't know this when Dan asked me if I wanted to try it, but hot damn, camel milk is expensive. lol. After I saw the bill, i forced myself to enjoy it.
And yes, the mall has a ski hill complete with ski lifts inside! A ski hill in the middle of the Arabian Desert!!! Smh. lol.
Anyhow, after our trip to the Mall of Emirates I asked Dan and Ali to show me the other side of Dubai. The entire country couldn't be filthy rich without some people getting the short end of the stick. It's economics.
So Dan had the driver take us through Bur Dubai into the fish market. The pics below might be a bit graphic so scroll quick if you have a weak stomach. As soon as I got there, I like instantaneously went into National Geographic mode. I thought of all the photos I had ever seen in the magazine and tried to get into the mind of the photographers. Taking pics of the sharks, the people, the market...my pics are nowhere good enough for Nat Geo, but everyone in the market sure treated me like I worked for NatGeo. They were staring at me as if I was going to report animal cruelty or immigration violations and some of them treated me like it was their chance to stardom and posed with fishes, friends and by the cars. lol. It was endearing though. Unless a hot chick in a bikini walked through the market that day, I was probably the highlight of their day!
And thats it for Day 1/2 in Dubai. Ill post the next part soon!