The sun setting over the smoggy, dusty Dubai skyline, tired Pakistani workers in their grimy “pajamas” wiping their foreheads in relief while sipping their evening cup of tea, the fragrance of spices dancing over hot oil wafting from the apartment buildings was a definitive scene for our last days in the desert. Our time in Dubai was about to end. Everything was in slow motion, though time was moving fast. I stepped out of the tour van feeling extra sentimental as this was the last time I was to roam the streets of Old Dubai in search of some authentic, extraordinarily delicious and yet affordable eats with this special lady…
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.
Being the Dubai newbie that I am, I still do get giddy excited whenever we go to Global Village. Even if last night was actually my 4th time there 🙂 I’ve learned quite a lot from these Global Village visits and I want to share 10 power tips from the seasoned Global Village visitor (that’s Me!):
You want to know how to spot a food blogger from a mile away? Here are some giveaway clues, (which I picked up from an insightful Global Village trip earlier with fellow bloggers FooDee, Miss StoveTop and I Live in a Frying Pan with friends Sssourabh and Radhika) to help find these beautiful creatures in your favorite food establishments: