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Dubai was essentially a nondescript desert outpost less than 50 years ago, but with the late-20th-century oil boom, it rewrote itself as the world’s most visionary city. While tourists swoon over fantasy worthy skyscrapers, theme parks, malls, and beaches, these attractions are, in some ways, facades. Behind them lie distinct traces of traditional Arabia, which can be found in Deira’s shaded souks, the creaking wooden dhows rocking on Dubai Creek, and the stillness of the surrounding desert.

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