• LOCATION 27 | On the road to Etihad: From street art to sweet treats


    You’ll see another dhow sculpture here. It’s a companion piece to the sculpture we just passed, on the other side of the road, but in this case the dhow is emerging from the water. It isn’t sinking, as you might have assumed at first!

    Keep walking straight.

    We're leaving Satwa now, and entering a neighbourhood called Jumeirah – actually, it’s one of many neighbourhoods called Jumeirah.

    You’ll notice that the architecture in this Jumeirah is different to Satwa’s. Instead of low-rise buildings, you’ll see taller, newer office buildings and shopping malls.

    The coast is just ahead of us now, and this area used to be where fishermen and pearl divers resided.

    But when oil was discovered in Dubai in 1966, more Western expats started arriving and a lot of them settled near here, close to the beach. There were also oil tanks just offshore, owned by the Chicago Bridge Engineering and Iron Company, and its employees established a gated community here called Chicago Beach Village. It was followed by the well-known and much loved Chicago Beach Hotel, which used to stand where the bridge to the Burj Al Arab is now.

    On the day when the hotel was demolished in 1997, crowds gathered to pay their last respects. They sat on the roofs of their cars, behind the cordon, and watched as the hotel imploded dramatically. It was all over in a matter of seconds.

    You've probably noticed the extremely tall flagpole ahead of us by now, flying the UAE’s flag. It marks the end of 2nd of December Street – and the location where we’ll end our tour. Keep going towards it.

On the road to Etihad: From street art to sweet treats