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March 31, 2002

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Attention shoppers: last day in March is the last day of Dubai's shopping festival. Each March this city hosts a gala shopping event that offers the best deals in the Persian Gulf. Shoppers throng the souqs and hotels. What is the main attraction? Gold. Dubai's free port status means no tariffs on imported goods. Boats arrive filled with Indian gold - 22 carat. Dubai's gold market blinds you with its shine. Perfumes, textiles, and electronics have their own souqs (markets) as well.
Fireworks celebrate the shopping festival, not the Terp's championship victory. The Arabs don't care about the Terps. For us it was an egg sandwich celebration: at 6 AM we watched Maryland win the title.