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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Dhow Cruise

The most memorable part of our visit to Dubai was the dhow dinner cruise.

Gliding along the colourful shimmering creek under a moonlit sky while dining to the mesmerizing sound of Arabic music was an enchanting experience.


Dhow - A traditional Arab sailing vessel with one or more masts.

The Burj Al Arab was built to resemble the sail of a dhow.

Inside the dhow





Glimpses of the glittering Dubai skyline

From futuristic to ...

ancient.

The Sheikh Saeed Heritage Village


At night the colourful reflections from the bling of the dhows and buildings transformed the creek into a sea of glitter.



The 2 hour cruise included a Tanoura dance and henna painting


The tanoura is a dance performed by men twirling in long, colourful skirts.

The dance originates from whirling dervishes.

So what is a dervish, and why do they whirl?

A dervish is a Muslim religious man who spins around in circles until he reaches a trance-like state. 

Stripping layers of their clothes as they spin represents the different stages of ridding themselves from earthly needs and reaching a state of spiritual surrender to God.

Our performer here was like a human top.

 He spun continously for a good 30 minutes without faltering.

 I got dizzy just watching him!

Henna Painting

Getting my first henna tattoo

Applying the henna paste

It was a little ticklish!

The paste left a cool sensation

Rodney wanted one too!


His was a scorpion

The longer the henna stays on the skin, the darker and longer the stain will be. 

The paste is scraped off when it is dried.

What wonderful mementos of our visit!!

66 comments:

  1. The photos are so beautiful. What an amazing boat ride! What kind of food did you eat? (you know me and food!;)) The henna design is so beautiful - is it still on you?

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  2. How fancy!!! :-) It looks like a beautiful cruise, I love the henna tattoo! I remember getting one on my back in college, they're so fun!

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  3. What an exquisite place. Love the tattoos. That must have been so much fun for all of you.
    Laura

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  4. Wow the cruise is gorgeous inside and what wonderful night time fun. Love the city lights, and yay for your first henna, it looked perfect.

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  5. This place is beautiful! Wonder if the human spinning top eats before he performs I would guess not?

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  7. Your night-time photos are gorgeous! And I love the shots of your henna tattoo--it's so lovely! (I've never had one before but now I'm really tempted!)

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  8. Beautiful photos, I have always wanted to visit Dubai. Your henna tattoo I awesome.

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  9. I can't even believe how gorgeous it was for the cruise. Unreal!!!

    Also those henna tattoos are so intricate and detailed. Really neat!

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  10. Those henna tattoos are gorgeous! About the only type of "body art" I'd be wiling to try! Looks like it was a very cool trip!
    Sarah @ made in usa challenge

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  11. Beautiful photos. Looks like a wonderful and memorable trip. That henna is so cool!!

    ;)

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