Dubai is a unique showcase of the traditional and the modern in a state of confrontation and cohabitation, as compacted into a very short and recent history. It is therefore a process which is far from being finished and done with, in other words very much alive. There is still no concern as to definite winners and losers, like in a tug-of-war, since the relationships between the new and the old is still fluid and sometimes surprising. Sky scrapers have taken over large swatches of sandy desert, bringing along with them miles and miles of traffic-laden tarmac, commerce of all kinds and previously unimagined numbers of people. The traditional dwelling structures have largely been re-built with the same enthusiasm as and along side with the modern glass and concrete boom. Camels are raced in the desert driven by robotic whipping jockeys while the latest jet planes in V-formation, paint the UAE colours across the sky.
Traditional asian/ middle eastern shops sell the same things as the super-malls, the shoe displays sometimes bearing striking resemblances.
Summing up, the traditional female head cover displayed on a mannikin head, is comfortably posed on another mannikin part wrapped into stone-washed jeans.