'Old Dubai soured by souk worker antics'
Not long ago, there was advice in 7DAYS about going to discover the ‘old’ Dubai. Me and a group of my female friends followed this advice and deeply regretted it in the end.
Even though we enjoyed the Dubai Museum, Bastakiya and the views around, everything was spoilt by the shop sellers in the Old Souk. I felt like I was in the zoo surrounded by wild apes, animals that couldn’t control their sexual instincts! The male shop workers were coming too close to us with their products.
I understand business is business but this does not give them the right to harass women! We were all dressed decently yet the shop men were acting in such a disgraceful manner. It was so disgusting and disturbing when they were approaching us with dirty smiles. The way they talked to us, the way they acted is below my understanding!
This behaviour of the shop men scares and, needless to say, completely turns off the visitors and tourists. The civilisation (that includes civilised behaviour and a civilised shop service) of the new Dubai has not been adopted by the old city.