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Dubai's new pipeline for tourists - culture

Once known for its glitz, Dubai looks to target the discerning traveller by highlighting its tradition and rich heritage

DUBAI • Mr Sudipto Som, flanked by his wife Nandini, is gazing at the expanse of water in front of him with a tranquil look on his face. He is studying the Dubai Creek, or Khor Dubai, with the intensity he first displayed on seeing it nearly two decades ago.

The Soms are expatriates who moved to Dubai from the city of Kolkata in eastern India, in search of a better life in 1997. Their objective was to remain in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for five years. "I wanted to make enough money and go back home to live a stable life with sufficient financial liquidity," Mr Som told The Straits Times.


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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 17, 2018, with the headline 'Dubai's new pipeline for tourists - culture'. Print Edition | Subscribe