CHASING STORIES

A SERIES OF FILMS/PHOTOGRAPHS ABOUT THE CHARACTERS OF OLD DUBAI.

According to Wikipedia, the name Bur Dubai literally translated to Mainland Dubai, a reference to the separation of the Bur Dubai area from Deira by the Dubai Creek. But as my father explained carefully, the 'Bur' in Bur Dubai comes from the Hindi word Paar meaning across. Since in the Arabic language you cannot pronounce 'Pa', words instead pronounced 'Ba', Paar Dubai thus became Bur Dubai.

I love that story. Mostly because the Indian & Emirati worlds blend together so effortlessly in one word. Simple, yet so poignant. And very telling of an expatriate habit: to adapt wherever you go.

The large Indian community has called Bur Dubai home away from home for years, much like many other communities in the UAE. Yet, apart from cheap good food, gold and the electronics market, there's not much else people know about it. I wanted to change that.

These are stories of passion, loyalty, sheer hard work and determination. But also of individuals that have shaped Bur Dubai. Every nook, every alley, hiding an anecdote you haven't heard before. 

Welcome to my Bur Dubai.