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55 Absurd Things You Will See Only In Dubai

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Dubai is the largest city in the UAE and is in a league in itself. It is famous for its richness all around the world. Luxury shopping, ultra-modern architecture, and a lively nightlife scene are earmarks of this Arab marvel. In fact, it wouldn’t be far-fetched to say that Dubai is akin to a utopia on this planet.

Dubai leaves you with a sense of awe and wonder. However, it is necessary to mention that these pictures show one side of the coin. In this post, we will try to uncover the other ‘wild’ side of Dubai that is hidden away and kept off the web, so that it does not create a scandal.

1. Luxury Cars On The Roads

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Probably everybody is aware of the fact that the streets of Dubai are filled with fanciest of cars. But wait, that is surprisingly an understatement of sorts. Why? There are some automobiles which are more expensive than the rest. Yes, whatever you are reading right now, you are reading it right! Numerous Ferraris and Lamborghinis throng the streets all during the day.

2. Hardcore Stunt Lovers

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Adrenaline junkies, that would be the best way for describing the residents of Dubai are. When you think of stunts, you typically imagine people jumping off of large buildings, and while Dubai has that too, the other stunts that can be seen in Dubai take it to a whole new level. You can see drivers on the road doing wheelies. They just can’t help but show off their skills!

3. Ambulances Zoom At Speeds 150+ mph

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Quick ambulance services are another facet of Dubai’s advancement. The ambulances in Dubai are the fastest ambulances in the world. They can go 185 mph. It makes sense if you have to get sick or injured people to the hospital in the fastest way possible. Otherwise, we would have simply said speed thrills but kills. The people of Dubai are way ahead in healthcare and paramedical services. Moreover, the roads allow you to go at top speeds.

4. Father And Son Bonding

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People of Dubai stay true to their traditional values all throughout their lives. Even during their leisure time, you will see a father, son, and grandfather or uncle spending time together. The generation gap seems to have no effect at all. Here, have a look at this picture. What makes it even more eye-catching is that the father and son were able to go paddleboarding in the middle of a desert. Now, isn’t that great?

5. New Types Of Pets

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Dubai is the land of the ultra-rich. They have the best of automobiles, but what do the super-rich people keep as a pet in Dubai? The man in this photo is making a statement with his pet lion, whom he has tamed as a pet. The locals must be both, extremely terrified and jealous of this man. The way he cuts traffic with his pet lion on his way to work requires a lot of courage and certainly has a lot of swag.

6. Cat Carpool Pal

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A good carpool pal will spice up our morning rides to the office. You have already seen a Dubai local ride a pet lion. This may be a fearful sight for a tourist, but for the people of Dubai, it is a normal routine. If you stay for a longer period, you will get to see things like this all the time. Chances are this wild cat isn’t dangerous, and the poor kitty cat just wanted to get some air while he waits in traffic.

7. Living In The Clouds

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Ultra-rich people who live in Dubai actually live on the brim of lavishness. They reside in their floor penthouses which are on the 50th floor. These types of penthouses can be found all throughout the city of Dubai. This city has the largest number of skyscrapers in the world! In Dubai resides the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, which is 2,722 ft tall. God, I wouldn’t dream of falling from there!

8. Flowers In The Sand

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Flora and fauna can be extremely difficult to grow in harsh climates. Needless to say, Dubai’s climate is considered to be extremely harsh. Unfortunately, with little rain and sweltering heat, Dubai is a place that is not conducive to cultivating plants. However, the Dubai Miracle Garden is the largest flower garden in the world and is home to 250 million plants. This is one of the places that should be on your bucket list if you are in Dubai.

9. Glittery Mercedes

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Mercedes Benz cars are common in Dubai. Unless you go the extra mile, there is hardly a chance that you will be noticed. Saudi Prince or the Amir, Al-Waleed bin Talal bin Abdul-Aziz is the owner of this diamond-encrusted car. According to his present-day wealth holdings estimation, he is one of the richest people in the world. According to Forbes, he is in the top twenty. This diamond-studded Mercedes cost him a mere $4.8 million dollars. It has over 300,000 diamonds encrusted in it.

10. Tennis In The Skies

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Obviously, Dubai is all about testing human extremes when it comes to money and infrastructure. As far as architecture is concerned, it is one of the best destinations in the world. Just look at the Burj Khalifa for God’s sake! But wait, that’s not we are concerned about at the moment. There is this tennis court, which is over 1,000 feet from the ground. It is located at the top of the ultra-posh Burj al Arab hotel. Roger Federer and Andre Agassi were invited to play a friendly match atop this heavenly court.

11. Star-Studded Nokia

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Nokia might have fallen off the US trends, but Dubai has a different taste. That’s because none of the Nokia phones in America are gold-paneled and have diamonds encrusted on them! We wonder if the iPhone is considered classy enough in Dubai. What do you think will top the roster? Probably a diamond-encrusted iPhone or a Blackberry with emeralds and rubies.

12. Dubai Thinks A Lot For The Less Fortunate

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Poverty exists everywhere in the world and Dubai is no exception. Despite of all the riches, Dubai is aware of this wealth inequality and actively tries to help and uplift the less fortunate. Look closely inside the fridge, the dispensary is not skimping out by giving out cheap cans of tuna. Instead, fridges like this are often packed with expensive yogurts and cappuccino mixes. Even when the whole world is getting polarized on the basis of money, Dubai clearly shows the humane side of people in the Arab world.

13. Gold ATMs

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Yeah, you find that hard to believe but that’s the truth. There are restaurants and stores that accept payment in only gold. Dubai is filled with ATM-like gold machines like this. You know there’s another cool fact associated with this? These machines are so heavily used that they have to have be restocked twice every week. Now, that’s what we call filthy rich!

14. Ultra Luxurious Stable

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Apart from lions and tigers, Dubai locals have a penchant for stallions. The horses in Dubai live in stables with marble floors and painted ceilings–talk about high living. If only we were able to live that type of lifestyle here in the United States. Horses are living life, king-size in Dubai.

15. Life Of Pi – Dubai Style

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That was one heck of a movie! The people in Dubai seem to be gaga over it. Being stranded on a boat with a fully grown lion sounds like one of the scariest things in the world, but that’s not stopping this brave man. This man is on a luxury yacht with his trustworthy pet lion. The things money can allow you to do in Dubai are astonishing. Man, it’s just like living a fantasy.

16. Skiing In The Desert

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This indoor ski resort gives you quite an authentic experience, that too in the midst of a desert. You know what’s the best part about this resort? It’s the only one of its kind. It is open all round the year, whatever be the season. This is also the biggest indoor skiing resort in the world!

17. Golden Ride

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Everybody expects Dubai to be filled with innumerable luxury cars, given the richness of its locals. However, this is no ordinary Mercedes as it’s painted in pure white gold. The owner of this car probably doesn’t drive it much seeing as the dazzling ride would make the other drivers go blind. Man, the money in this city is awesome!

18. Turtle Tower

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We have seen pet lions and tigers, and if you are still not impressed by that, then you must be crazy. Picture this, what if you get an entire zoo in which an endangered species resides? Cool enough for you? The animals in this picture are desert turtles and they are extremely rare and hard to find. If you are blessed with the opportunity to meet a desert turtle in your lifetime, consider yourself damn lucky!

19. The Gods Bathe Here

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Is this luxury penthouse or is it a public restroom? What? I mean seriously, one cannot guess what it is! Bathrooms, especially public ones, are supposed to be dank and dirty. But if we’re in Dubai we definitely are going for a pee in here. But with a state of the art rainfall shower and jacuzzi, we may never be able to do so.

20. A Cheetah By Your Side

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We have seen many people keeping their pets in the passenger seat. That also is always adorable. When you see someone’s dog or cat looking out the window and enjoying the breeze, you feel awed by the human and animal bonding. However, Dubai being Dubai, things will always go the extra mile. This local here decided to take things to the extreme by allowing his pet cheetah to ride with him on his adjacent seat.

21. Luxury Super Uber Rides

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Can you imagen that in the states? For that, you will have to shut your eyes and dream. Visualize yourself calling an Uber and a Bugatti shows up. Sometimes in Dubai, a basic Uber X will get you a high-end car like this. And you know what? Nobody will be bowled over! It’s supposed to be normal here!

22. Robo-Sports

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Gone are those days when you would have seen gladiators battling it out in the Colosseum arena. But the taste of sports for the rich has not dwindled one bit. In typical Dubai fashion, the definition of sports has changed once again and this time it includes robots. In Dubai, one of the most popular sports is camel racing with robots riding on top. The sport has become so big that people actually place bets on robots and their camels! Now that’s too much!

23. The Mecca Of The Construction Industry

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The construction industry really thrives in Dubai. Most of Dubai’s initial economic success came from oil abundance. This region contains tons of it. But today’s Dubai has become a hub for foreign developers to start new projects. Due to the laxity in tax laws, Dubai has attracted many prospective investors from all corners of the world. Dubai constantly sports a new global level construction projects. This is reflected in this photo. Dubai’s cityscape is changing every moment.

24. Amphibian Cars

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This resembles a scene in a James Bond movie, The spy who loved me. But wait, this is actually happening in real life. This photograph has been captured in Dubai. Some people here are extremely rich. They are bored with yachts. The water car pictured here is owned by one of the Crown Princes of Dubai, Sheik Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al-Maktoum. He owns a total of 6 of these and altogether they cost over $800,000.

25. The Golden Cupcake

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As we already know that people in Dubai are crazy about gold. Everything in Dubai is of a gold standard. Have a look at this $1000 dollar cupcake. It has been aptly named the Golden Phoenix. Made with Ugandan vanilla beans, Italian cocoa, and 23 karat gold, this cupcake will certainly rip your pocket seams.

26. No Perverts Allowed!

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If this is an issue in your country, then shame on you! However, the case in Dubai is absolutely strict. You can come down to Dubai and enjoy this family beach. This family beach only allows women and men with families. If you want to enjoy its white sand and beautiful ocean, then make sure you do not ogle women there. Beaches in Dubai require women to be covered at all times.

27. Raising Lions And Cheetahs

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How are these wild animals raised in Dubai? Apparently, there’s no proper way to domesticate them. Wildlife experts have warned UAE citizens to not keep these animals as pets. But with all that money, who gives a damn? However, many citizens are of the belief that showing respect to these animals when they are young makes them harmless as adults. Really?

28. No Fish On The Subway

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Bringing fish on the metro in Dubai could land you a hefty fine or worse, behind bars. You wonder what prompted the municipality to put a sign of this kind. Are they smelly enough to get banned? Probably too much stench from the seafood was the reason behind this. However, in Dubai, there are no signs that ban lions from riding on the metro.

29. An Obese Bill With An Insane Amount

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Imagine somebody spending 387,988 dirhams on food and drinks on a night out. In terms of US currency, this amount is equivalent to approximately $100,000. Ouch! If we saw a bill like this we’d surely pass out at the sight of all those digits! However, in Dubai, these types of bills are considered normal. With some of the world’s wealthiest citizens, one cannot imagine anything less than this.

30. Cops With Supercars

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If ambulances in Dubai are ultra-fast supercars, how can the police remain behind? The cops drive in style too! The official cop car in Dubai is a Ferrari. But with people driving Lamborghinis and Bugattis, how could a cop chase a traffic offender? Beats me!

31. Golden Rides

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If a gold-plated Porsche, Ferrari, and Mercedes jeep were all parked right next to each other, then you would be wondering whether it is a dream. Right? In Dubai, you could be wrong. It would be sure that they would attract a crowd anywhere else in the world. However, these gold plated cars are the new boy-toys for some Sheiks.

32. Ditch The Traffic

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If only the people were rich enough to do this in LA, this would probably happen more often. However, this is Dubai we are writing about and people actually do this over there, all the time. If a genie can’t save you from rush hour in Dubai, then you can most certainly call a chopper. People who live atop giant skyscrapers in Dubai actually get to witness this spectacle regularly.

33. Limo Ambulance

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Ambulances in the US limit you to bringing only one additional person. But in Dubai, it’s completely the opposite! This is an unwanted and uncalled for circumstance, but it’s definitely helpful if you have all of your loved ones around you if possible. During such a stressful time, people in Dubai deeply empathize with the patient. That’s why many of the non-supercar ambulances are actually stretch limos.

34. Old World Riders

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We have seen a lot of cool vehicles on this listicle, but this one here definitely tops it all! This custom motorcycle is unlike any other vehicle we have ever seen! This man is riding on a white horse motorcycle that resembles a beautiful stallion. He even has a white sweatsuit to match his motorcycle. Why not ride a horse instead?

35. One Heck Of A Mall

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The biggest shopping mall in the world is in Dubai. This shouldn’t come as a surprise though. The mall spans 5.4 million square feet and is home to over 1,200 stores! The mall also boasts of a massive aquarium and a zoo that features over 300 ocean speaks. There’s also a SEGA-themed amusement park and another amusement park designed just for kids!

36. 24K Paint Job

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A Jeep Grand Cherokee would be considered an automobile for someone who has a crazy taste in vehicles. With Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and Porsches slumming it out on the streets a Jeep Grand Cherokee is not likely to get thumbs up. However, this Grand Cherokee owner had an ace up his/her sleeve. With all that money, he decided to get a 24 karat gold paint job. This surely is the correct way to fit in a place like Dubai!

37. Skywalker

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As expected, Dubai has its share of skywalkers. A city with some of the world’s largest skyscrapers can expect nothing different. This means that adrenaline junkies from around the globe come to film some extreme stunts in the city. The man in this photo is taking a picture of himself with a selfie stick as he leans off the edge of an extremely tall building.

38. Making The Louboutin’s Look Cheap

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Come on! Louboutin has so much hype in the world of fashion. That happens for two reasons only –their high price tags and their red bottoms. However, this hype seems to fizzle out in Dubai. The heels in this picture make Louboutin’s look like peasant shoes because of the gold cassette heel. While these shoes were designed by a French man, they are flaunted more in Dubai than any other place in the world.

39. Golden Foosball For The Sheiks

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Everyone has a foosball fan in their homes. It’s only sensible to have a table for such enthusiasts in their own homes. A trend that you may have picked up by now is that everything in Dubai has an extra oomph. Be your car, dessert, or even the mall, everything is more flamboyant in Dubai. This foosball table is no exception to this. This special custom made foosball has Swarovski crystals and is diamond-encrusted. Astronomical, I say!

40. The Boat Of Noah

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Money can buy a lot of big things. It seems that these people are in the process of building an extremely large wooden boat. Where is this happening? Yes, you guessed it right! It is being built in Dubai. But what will be this gigantic boat used for? Will it be a replica of Noah’s ark? Who knows? BTW, it is a passenger boat that will be used for sailing around the Persian Gulf.

41. Sun And Sand For The Penguins

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If you thought this was one of the polar ice caps, then you would be mistaken. Yes, you may have guessed by now that the penguin enclosure is a man-made one. But what you may have not guessed that it is in Dubai. You may be wondering how penguins can survive in Dubai, right? It averages roughly 100 degrees Fahrenheit in Dubai during summers. This is an indoor ski resort.

42. A Princess’ Pacifier

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Gold, gold, and more gold follows. Why should the babies of Dubai miss out on all the fun? A baby named Rimma has a pacifier that has been decorated with diamonds and gold. Her parents are super-rich for sure. This child’s accessory is probably worth more than some middle-class person’s annual salary.

43. You Find Starbucks Everywhere

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It shows that Dubai simply can’t get enough coffee. If you are wondering about this one in the picture, then this particular one is located in Ibn Batuta Mall. It is by far, one of the most lavish Starbucks one must have ever seen. The stunning architecture makes it seem as if one is in a famous church or mosque. Wouldn’t we all like to be sipping a chai latte here? It seems to be a bestseller in this part of the world.

44. A Stay In Burj-Al-Arab

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Most of us would be satisfied staying at a 5-star hotel, right? Wrong! After all, this is Dubai, people! And you have to maintain a standard here. It can’t get any fancier than a five-star hotel. But Dubai has found a way to take it a notch higher than the rest of the world. The Burj Al Arab, a seven-star hotel that costs an astronomical $24,000 dollars per night. You also get a 24 X 7 butler.

45. Falcons On A Plane

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Falcons are considered very special in the UAE. It is the national bird of the country and are given special treatment and privileges. Falcons are allowed to fly on commercial flights. They are even provided with their very own seats. Dubai is indeed an extremely strange land.

46. It Will Be Home To The World’s First Temperature Controlled City

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An air-conditioned city? That is way too crazy to be imagined. Construction of the world’s first temperature-controlled are underway. The city is a part of the larger Mall of the World project which is projected by a 48 million square foot space. It will have the world’s largest shopping center and also the temperature-controlled city that we are writing about. The Mall of the World will also have hotels and an amusement park. It could hold a whopping 180 million visitors annually.

47. Rooftop Boxing Rings

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Have you ever imagined a slugfest on the rooftop of a tower? The rooftops of Dubai boasts of having some of the most influential people in the world. Here in this picture, British professional boxer and unified heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, was spotted practicing on top of one of Dubai’s many extravagant buildings. Do we really have to be surprised by this?

48. Dubai’s Real Life Batmobile

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Bruce Wayne isn’t the only owner of the Batmobile. The Batmobile does not just exist in the movies. If you live in Dubai, then there are chances that you get to see this monster of a car for real. Perhaps Batman decided to visit Dubai. Maybe not because of the criminals, but because of the riches.

49. Private Concerts By The Top Most Rappers

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US teens often have to work their rears off to buy tickets for concerts conducted by famous musicians. What’s worse is that these concerts accommodate thousands of people. However, this is not the case in Dubai. Some teenagers have so much money, they are able to afford exclusive artist performances. This picture of Jay Z and Kanye West is from Sheikh Mansur’s niece’s birthday party and the private concert was billed at $6 million by itself.

50. Stretched Jeeps

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Unless you have paid a visit to Dubai, you probably have never seen anything like this. But there is always a first time for everything. How do you ride this car? Stretch limos are a common sight, but cars are never usually modified to stretch widthwise. This car has a total of 6 wheels to maintain balance.

51. So Much Gold!

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This is a regular jewelry shop in Dubai. The people of Dubai are obsessed with gold. You can buy anything made out of gold. Even gold handcuffs. Nah, we are just kidding on this one. Anyway, there’s such an abundance of gold and riches in Dubai. Even jewelry shops can’t store all their inventory. Store owners have to hang gold chains across their shop ceilings. We sincerely hope Dubai doesn’t have any robbers.

52. Big Time Big Cat Love

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All animals need love. Even the big cats require care and affection. And if you fail in doing that, then there’s a greater chance they will attack you. With a lion by your side, you need to keep this in mind. Doesn’t matter if you are the richest man in the world, because a bit laying back can cost you your life!

53. Ripping The Tides In A Hijab

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Another common sight in Dubai. In true-blue Emirati fashion, the women in this picture are surfing in the hijab. Traditional clothing and modernity go hand in hand in Dubai. Dubai’s people are an amalgam of rich culture and technological excellence at the same time. Despite all the rapid changes and advances to technology and life in Dubai, the residents have stayed true to their roots

54. Sun Buns

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Due to abundant tourists, Dubai is a melting pot of rich old traditions and even new modern cultures. This picture shows how all cultures have come together and congregated in Dubai. A man is seen dressed in traditional Emirati attire, while the girls are rocking in bikinis. Of course, they are not ethnic Dubai locals.

55. Burkinis On The Beach

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Here is another picture that shows how old and new cultures are blending in Dubai. Women wore burqas at the beach, but with the advent of burkinis, ethnic women have started visiting the beach quite often. But one wonders how these dark-colored beachwear can be worn in such blistering heat.

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