Day 12 and 13: Dubai

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Our boat ride along the canal in Dubai

Leaving from Fujairah, we made a quick stop in Sharjah, the capital of the culture in the UAE to visit the Museum of Islamic Civilization. Unlike Fujairah, Sharjah is a more urbanized emirate, the urban area is bigger than Fujairah.

We arrived at the museum about half past ten. The museum, opened in 2008, covers all of the elements related to the Islamic culture. It had a collection more than 5,000 artifacts including carvings, ceramics, calligraphy, metal works, manuscripts and scientific instruments. The ruler of Sharjah, Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qaisimi, who often goes to auctions to get artifacts for the museum. Entering the museum, it has an arched hallway that contains a dome in the center. One of the most impressive parts of the exhibits is the Ka’ba. It is a place where the Muslims gather and pray to get luck and protection from the god. It is a pilgrimage mentioned in the five pillars of Islam that the Muslims should go to pilgrimage once in their life if they are available. We have seen from some photos that the place is exceedingly crowded.

It is an interesting place where people can know the depth information about Islam. After that, we are going to the most developed and prosperous Emirates in UAE: Dubai.

– Sam Q. ’18

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The Museum of Islamic Civilization

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Kyle and Anna learning about spices! We hope they will cook us a traditional dinner when we get back!

During lunch, we got a lesson from an esteemed chef about the spices and herbs used in Emirati food. This was something that a lot of us were curious about throughout the trip so it was great to get a chance to get to learn about that. Next after lunch, we met our new tour guide Muhammad. He took us through Dubai, and explained many different aspects of Emirati culture. Muhammad talked to us about the national tree which is Ghaf, found in drought-tolerant areas such as the desert. The next stop was the spice souq. At the souq we saw many different types of spices and herbs and also many different trinkets such as small decorative camels to scarves. There’s nothing like experiencing an authentic souq in Dubai, which is a part of their culture. Lastly on our drive to the hotel, we were able to see the Burj Khalifa from a far, which is the tallest building in the world standing about 830m or 2724 feet tall.

– Nadzia K. ’17

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