As the sandstorms blow away the cool winter air and as March draws to a close, I now bid a bitter adieu to one of my not-so-secret happy places in Dubai: Global Village. It pains me to see your dancing rainbow neon lights no more as we zoom through Emirates road. It pains me to not get to stroll through the noisy, crowded halls in awe with fresh eyes on each visit. It pains me to not get any more chances to savor doughy bites of the sugar raised Bambaloni (Tunisian doughnut) or to drown myself in crispy date syrup drenched, crispy Lgeimat (Emirati doughnuts), the highlights of my Global Village trips.
In order to make this sorrowful parting of ways sweeter, I forced (after much prodding) The Husband to take me on one last trip, so that I can take home a part of Global Village to keep and share with my loved ones, family and friends back home, until it opens again.
My first purchase of the night were cans of Turkish coffee, priced at 50AED per 250-gram can. I’m not a coffee connoisseur nor a regular coffee drinker, but I enjoy Turkish coffee. It’s dark and thick with an almost chocolatey richness, served in a teeny cup. With two cubes of sugar please!
Then, my second purchase were bottles of unique “for married only” spiced honey blend from Yemen, priced at 50AED per 250-gram bottle. Could I be right in reading your dirty minds that I bought this honey blend for its unique power? Hehehe! Sorry to disappoint you, but I chose this for its one of a kind, never found elsewhere blend, not as sweet with a spicy kick: hints of cardamom and black pepper spotted with sesame seeds and almond slivers. I tried hard to get to know more about Yemeni honey, but after a number of attempted conversations with the honey purveyors, I, sadly, could not get past their thick Yemeni accents. I sincerely want to learn more about this wonderful nectar from the gods. Any Yemeni honey experts our there who can help me?
My last purchase was something I didn’t plan. During my Emirati cultural breakfast club stint, I learned that Yemen was the origin of the Arabica coffee bean. And so I wondered what would Yemeni coffee taste like. With The Husband’s encouragement, I mustered the courage to brave the thick Yemeni accents and ask the spice stalls if they sold any ground Yemeni coffee. And they did have some! I happily walked away with a few kilos, which were sold at 60AED per kilo.
Now I am wondering how Yemeni coffee would fare against my preferred Turkish coffee. Hmmmmm…
All in all, I was bitter happy camper as The Husband drove away from Global Village’s blinking neon lights. I held on dearly to my plastic bags filled with goodies to help me survive the harsh desert summer (and share with loved ones back home…sonner than later I hope) and hopefully get me through a new season of Global Village, Dubai.
For those who have not had the chance to visit Global Village, you still have this evening, Friday and Saturday to do so. Hope you enjoy the trip as much as I did! Do share what you’ve managed to bring home 🙂