This is what’s happening 57 minutes away by an Airbus, that’s if you’re not flying GF..
Dubai, or Dub-bee as I like to call it, is a constant energy buzz, with cloud-penetrating skyscrapers, huge money, foreigners and continuous surprises beyond standard imagination. Do we ever see beyond the corporate face of Dubai? Well, we should.
Beneath the energy buzz, there lay unique sensations. Night becomes day, for the night’s sky is never black. In skyscrapers you’ll find dreams being built and delivered. Huge money is only a medium to reach excellence and success. Beyond the intense incense smell in your cab, beyond the wandering Indians, the scattered Palestinians/Jordanians, the loud Italians, the overly amiable Bahrainis, the friendly Africans, the sexy Iraqis and the very few Emirates, beyond hundreds of thousands of faces, you experience diversity you learn an important lesson; tolerance.
You can walk unnoticed, unbothered by a million “hala, shakhbar”s. You can jump on a main road with an afro the size of the Burj, not a single jaw dropped.
Variety is everywhere and in everything. Billboards, food, drinks, dance, culture, colours, languages, leisure, sports, entertainment, you have endless options and more. Bored? You’ll never be.
You will find art at endless places, and at where you’d expect to encounter it the least. Music fills each and every venue. Beauty, though at many times artificial, takes you by wonder. Can you ever seize to be surprised in that city?
As a partially-Hippie 24 year old who seeks peace and fights for freedom of speech, I didn’t expect to like the buzzed city the least, but as I looked outside my taxi window on my way to the airport, I thought to myself, “I can do Dubai”. At this age, and this level of energy, it’s a great investment of skills with countless opportunities for knowledge expansion and amusement.
Maybe the traffic can be unbearable, the prices are not exactly low, and you’re lucky if you find someone who can chat politics with you, but Dubai’s fresh energetic atmosphere builds professionalism inside you, and it delivers what it promises.
Comparing Dub-bee to Bahrainona, I think we have a long way to go. Yes, of course we don’t want to be another Dubai, and we can’t. Bahrain is characterized with an ancient history and a richly flavoured culture. We have the resources, the diversity and variety. It’s about time we realize that our uniqueness is not a hindrance, rather a strength and a source of creativity.