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)

Reblogged from UAE MODERN | 1950-1980

Anatomy of a Scene: A performance in 4-min in Deira, Dubai