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Dubai -21 March 2012

Ten years absence can make a change in the appearance of a place, but in the case of Dubai, it can make almost unrecognisable. This week I returned to Dubai after a long absence and was amazed by the extent of development especially around the Marina area.

The appearance has changed with so many high rise accommodation buildings and a vibrant streetscape of outdoor cafes but so has the fabric with the different profile now with Russian speakers from the FSU (former Soviet Union) in many retail and hospitality positions.

It has been a joy to see old friends and gratifying to enjoy such a warm welcome from so many former colleagues from all over the world tonight.

A charity fund raiser provided the opportunity to reunite and reminisce. An auction for the benefit of a deserving charity provided the chance to take home two silver oil lamps while leaving some under privileged children with better prospects in life.; and so to bed happier and more fulfilled for the experience.

It has been wonderful to visit but with all the changes, I can't help but feel I was fortunate to live here when I did and that it is no longer a place for me in the future.

Duchessforthright Duchessforthright 46-50 1 Response Mar 21, 2012

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It is sad when you revisit somewhere you knew and liked years before. I remember seeking out the house which my grandparents had rented, close to the sea. There was the gate and the garden, rather overgrown; and the terrace, where I had played as a young child. But, of the house itself, there was nothing. Now, a skyscraper sits on the site, blighting the views from and of the sea. very sad.