My Dubai Diary

Dubai-Creek - one of my favourite places in Dubai

I’ve spent more than a decade in Dubai – the longest stint in any city after Kolkata, the city where I was born. Possessive about Dubai, I try to convince every guest that we have had, about the virtues and beauty that lay beyond the glitzy shopping malls or the swanky cars. For example, the desert in a star-lit night or Bastakia – the art alleys running amidst the traditional houses with its’ alluring wind-towers. Or, simply getting lost in the hidden galleries is my favourite past-time!

Dubai is my adopted home currently and most of the food posts have been juxtaposed against my Kolkata nostalgia or my living experiences in the UAE. In most of my writings, culture, history, recipes, food stories and nostalgia unfold amidst the urban backdrop of Dubai. Hence, sometimes I’ve not been able to clearly demarcate between Dubai and Kolkata posts. Do click on this link for all that I have written in this blog – Recipes, Reviews, Interviews, Food Events and Culinary Travel. And here, for all posts that fall under the category of Dubai and the UAE.

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Business Bay district and the Burj Khalifa - at nighttimeBusiness Bay District at Night-time

Alleys of BastakiaDisclaimer: Please note that this post is not a sponsored post and the subject, story, opinions and views stated here are my own and are independent. While you enjoy reading the posts with lot of visuals, please do not use any material from this post. You can catch my daily travel and food journey on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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Tracking My Footprints

The World Awaits for me to wander. ‘It’s a new world – it’s a new start/ It’s alive with the beating of young hearts… Here I am…’ Artist: Bryan Adams from the Movie ‘Spirit’. That is the idea behind the title of the Parent Category under which all the posts are listed and photos are cataloged.

Following are the various places in the world that I have visited: Tracking My Footprints

Following are the UNESCO World Heritage Sites that I have visited:
In India
In Asia (outside India)
In Europe

 

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24 Responses “My Dubai Diary” →
  1. Just 2 years here, and me too becoming possessive about Dubai :)
    May be because of the openness it offers, a stark opposite to what India offers……

    A very well written article with articles within…..kudos !!

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    • I know what you mean. But I guess if you are not possessive about the place you are living in you’ll never enjoy your life. This is a content listing for my Dubai posts – glad you like it:)

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  2. woooooooooooooow!
    It is a unbelievable blog post.

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  3. i dont have words to describe…………………………….amazinggggggggggggggggg!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • IshitaUnblogged

      October 11, 2012

      Thank you Nimesh! Would love to get the Chef’s feedback on the food pages as well:)

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  4. nice blog..very informative but you have only described the Glitzy side of Dubai. What about the Darkside of Dubai eh?

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    • Very good point. Well there is an article ‘Like a tourist in my own city’ where I’ve tried to make a point that Dubai is not only about shopping and all that is glitz. like How many dark sides of a city do we get to see or ‘want’ to see as a tourist? Since this is a Travel and Culinary Blog I’ve been sticking to these aspects only. Have been meaning to write on other aspects – but that doesn’t really fit my blog so much. Do you have any writings that you might want me to read about?

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  5. Really liked reading through your blog. I am a bengali who was brought up in the US. Now that I live in Dubai, i would love to learn rabindra sangeet…. any idea where one can learn that ???

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    • Thank you Swati for dropping by! There is a very informal but closed group in Facebook called ‘Bengalis in Dubai’ and do send in a request to join – you’ll find many Bengalis posting many things that might be of interest. There’s a lady called Madhumita Roy with a band called (Shrishti)… https://www.facebook.com/madhumita.roy.7?fref=ts. Why don’t you message her (you can take my name, though I still haven’t met her but I am in touch with her). I believe she takes music lessons. If not she can give you an idea where to go.

      Good luck! And it was great hearing from you. My mother has learnt Rabindra Sangeet from Kanika Bandopadyay, Nilima Sen, Subinoy Roy and I’ve been fortunate to have been surrounded by many such legends. Unfortunately, I do not pursue music. You can see where my passion lies. Keep in touch:)

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  6. Perfect place to live a healthy and joyful life. Its a place with a lot of colors, fun, and man-made beauty :)

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  7. Hi Ishita! I am a Kolkata born Aussie living in Dubai (Fancy that!) Could you let me know of any place in Dubai that serves authentic bong food…anything similar to the taste buds developed during during my younger years in Kolkata! I was a frequent diner at Shiraz in Bank Street only to come back from Australia last week to be told it had been shut down for renovations. Would appreciate your recommendations. Cheers – Esha

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    • Dear Esha, thanks very much for hopping in and apologies for such a late reply – my site had been down for a while. Well, not too many that I know of. But I have had the ‘Macher Paturi’ and a few other Bengali dishes from Calcutta Fast Foods (in Sharjah) at various friends’ places but personally I have never been there. Also, have heard of a place called the Food Village in Ghusiais – again, I have never been there. Would you be interested in joining in a Bengali meal that I am hosting in BookMunch at Al Wasl Square in 4th June?

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      • Hi Ishita, Thanks for your response, no worries about the lateness :-). I would have loved to have joined you for the Bengali meal however i will be back in Australia by then. Please keep me informed about anything that is “Bengali food” related. I am awaiting anxiously for Shiraz to reopen. Hopefully when i am back in a few months it will be. All the best. Esha

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  8. I must say it is nice and good information.

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    • Tribikram Chattaraj

      September 21, 2014

      this blog is really interesting…..finding it very useful and nicely illustrated about different aspects of the city….can anyone comment about Durga Puja in Dubai,.I mean is there any association/organization here in Dubai who celebrates this festival like Bengali puja???any comment will be appreciated…thanks..

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      • Thank you very much Tribikram for hopping in. Yes, there is a closed group in FB called Bong Connection Dubai, who organises a Durga Puja. Apart from the one that happens in the temple in the Sindhi temple in Bur Dubai. You can send a request on Facebook to this group. Plus there is a LIVE Mahalaya performance in Indian Consulate by a band called Shristi LIVE – again you will find info on Facebook. Hope this helps.

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        • Tribikram Chattaraj

          September 22, 2014

          Thank you so much Ishita…..this is indeed useful information for me and also some of my Bengali friends who are new in Dubai like me. I must say Your blog is very lively and full of information….looking forward to get more spices from your such a spontaneous blog…

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  9. “Bastakia – the art alleys running amidst the traditional houses with its’ alluring wind-towers. Or, simply getting lost in the hidden galleries is my favourite past-time!”

    Glad I am not the only one who loves getting lost in Bastakia. New “stumbler” on your blog, looks very interesting and entertaining. (New to Dubai as well). Will go explore some more. Keep it going.

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    • Hi Lourie… thanks very much for *stumbling* into my blog. And I am glad too that I am not the only one running along the art alleys of Bastakiya.

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