Waking Up On The Other Side Of The World

Amy and I are spending the week in Dubai together. Today was our first day here and it reminded me of a great quote by Cayce Pollard in William Gibson’s Pattern Recognition.

“Jet lag is your soul catching up with you.”

That perfectly describes today. So, I’ll leave you with a bird’s eye view of Dubai starting from the Burj Khalifa, which is pretty epic at multiple levels.

  • dgay07

    Enjoy! I went there a year ago and loved the view from the top of the Burj Khalifa, I find myself in Ghana right now so this resonates. Jet lag can do funny things if you don’t push hard to get through the first day. Have fun!

  • Tyrone Niland

    Just got back from there on Friday morning. What an incredible place. I’d love to hear your opinion of it when you get back.

    • So far it’s completely fascinating to me.

  • In the same timezone as us here in Armenia (welcome to this side of the world), enjoy Dubai, the Sushi restaurant on 2nd/3rd floor overlooking the fountains at the Dubai Mall is epic. — around 7pm

  • Ali Houshmand

    I spent several years working there. If you want to see what’s left of “old Dubai” to contrast to the gleaming towers and master-planned developments stretching along Sh.Zayed road, go visit the Old Souk (market) in Deira (east Dubai). A link to a pretty good overview via TripAdvisor: http://bit.ly/1EkEUgP

    This is Dubai’s original economic engine (free trade in a time of highly regulated trade / merchant entrepreneur family driven commerce).

    • Tyrone Niland

      The Old Souk in Deira is a fantastic place to visit – I particularly enjoyed bargaining with the spice merchants. Also amazing to see the old wooden trading ships still in use, now ferrying boxes of LED TVs, laptops and air conditioning units up the Dubai Creek.

      • Ali Houshmand

        An interesting side note: lot of those wooden ships cross the Gulf to Iran for “re-export”. It’s a reason why you can still find US consumer products in Iran despite sanctions! Most of the big merchant families in Dubai emigrated from Iran in the late 19th / early 20th century — the trading links remain. India / Pakistan trade is hugely important (as you can surmise from the Spice / Gold Souks).

        • I’ve heard a lot about the “re-export business” during this trip…

  • Welcome to Dubai Brad, how about I take you to a quick tour in Dubai Internet City and to our incubator (In5) to give you an overview of the tech startup ecosystem down here? I moved here 2 years ago along with my startup fishfishme.com. Let me know if you are interested, always been a big fan 🙂