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The City of Superlatives

Gleaming high-rise towers jut out of the earth, stretching toward unfathomable heights, in this wealth-infused Middle Eastern enclave. Visitors will gape at Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world or stretch their wallets at the world's largest and most luxurious shopping malls.

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Camel Ride in Dubai

Camel Ride in Dubai

Yes, that's me riding a camel through the dunes about 2 hours outside Dubai. Related: Things to Do in Dubai 960 1280

  

View from the Top

View from the Top

The view from my room at the hotel. All this was built in 30 years. Related: World's Hottest Hotels: Dubai 960 1280

  

Dubai Creek

Dubai Creek

Indian-born writer Arva Ahmed and I riding through Dubai Creek, where goods from all over the world arrive every day. 960 1280

  

Iraqi Masgouf

Iraqi Masgouf

This is a bite of a real and authentic Iraqi masgouf at Al Bait Al Baghdadi restaurant in the old section of Dubai. 960 1280

  

Dubai's Beachfront

Dubai's Beachfront

Stand-ups are a part of my job. This Dubai beachfront moment was the perfect setting. 960 1280

  

Beef Brains

Beef Brains

Fresh beef brains ready to hit the convex tawa grill to make real Pakistani katakat, a painstakingly seasoned organ medley that’s popular on the streets in the old section of Dubai. 960 1280

  

Time for Cricket

Time for Cricket

In the old quarter of Dubai, parking lots become cricket fields for Pakistani workers over their lunch break. 960 1280

  

Pakistani Katakat

Pakistani Katakat

Pakistani katakat, made from brains, livers, testicles, kidneys and dozens of spices. One of my favorite dishes on Earth. 960 1280

  

Dubai's Mosques

Dubai's Mosques

Mosques and minarets line the vibrant and gentrifying streets of Dubai Creek. 960 1280

  

Middle-Eastern Dessert

Middle-Eastern Dessert

Kunafa is a Middle Eastern-style dessert made with clarified butter, cashews, thin noodles and Palestinian-style Nabulsi cheese. This variety is sprinkled with pistachios. 960 1280

  

Dubai Port

Dubai Port

The port at Dubai Creek is alive with the constant hustle and bustle of cargo ships from all over the world. 960 1280

  

Baby Goat

Baby Goat

Baby goat seasoned in Emirati spices and roasted in a hole in the ground, served on a bed of seasoned rice, is a classic Bedouin dish. 960 1280

  

Bedouin Hospitality

Bedouin Hospitality

This is real Bedouin hospitality — fresh tea and fritters. 960 1280

  

Cooking Masgouf

Cooking Masgouf

Forty-five minutes of roasting around the wood fire allows all the carp's muddiness to render out when making authentic Iraqi masgouf. It’s so fatty and gets so smoky and crispy, I compare it to bacon. 960 1280

  


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