Dubai in Berlin

`Belgrade on the Water': Dubai of the Balkans

In the bazaar, beggars cry out for baksheesh, alms. But they will not accept the Indian rupee coins that are used aboard ship, hence available to passengers at a value of roughly 20 cents. It appears that only the Gulf rupee is current in Dubai, and the Indian variety is rejected in the community … The women of Dubai wear ornate dresses and filmy black head coverings. Their oddest adornment is a curious mask worn over nose and mouth. Such masks are constructed of leather over a frame of bone.

Stelling, Marion (1961). “Introduction to the Orient – The Persian Gulf.” The New York Times. January 8 – Archives (via mapping-uae)

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