There are two new baby girls amongst my in-laws and, as we're going to see them in a couple of weeks, Mrs Seabee decided we should buy them some gold.
Forget the famous gold souk these days, it's turned into a tourist attraction selling the same kind of bland jewellery they can find back home, it's just a bit cheaper here. The real Dubai gold shops are in the traditional areas these days, such as Satwa.
In the cluster tradition, being used now on massive scale with developments like Academic City, Healthcare City, Internet City, Media City and all the others, twenty or thirty little gold shops have set up side by side in what's really a mini gold souk.
So, a warm, humid evening, small shops crowded together, traffic in narrow streets, footpath crowded with people, the call to prayer starting...
The final piece of the jigsaw is the smell of all kinds of cooking on the heavy air...it looks, feels, sounds, smells like the real Dubai.
Then the shopping. Not the modern malls but how it used to be - into a gold shop, looking, weighing, haggling, on to the next...
...and eventually we get the right gift at the right price.
Then it's into one of the wonderful perfume, herb, all-sorts shops to buy some frankinsence...
And to round the evening off, a meal in our favourite Thai restaurant, Ruan Thai in Al Diyafah Street.
It ain't one of yer posh, upmarket, pretentious and outrageously expensive restaurants of the type many European expats seem to think it's necessary to waste their money in.
But the inside is well enough fitted out, it's clean, comfortable and you get excellent, friendly service...
The special bit that we particularly enjoy is the complimentary appetiser:
Clockwise from top left, all chopped into tiny pieces, hot red chilli, fresh ginger, lemon, onion, with roasted grated coconut and salted peanuts.
Spread some of the sweet chilli sauce on a leaf, pop on a small portion from each dish (be easy with the chilli, it's hot), wrap it up and enjoy an explosion of flavours.
Then we had chicken with chilli & basil, mixed vegetables...
...vegetable fried rice, jungle curry with chicken...
All this plus a large bottle of mineral water and the bill was Dh94*
I managed to resist a stroll across the road to Baskin Robbins ice cream, a highly unusual demonstration of self-denial.
If you're missing the old Dubai, or you never experienced it, I recommend you spend an evening in Satwa.
*Dh 94 is about US$25, £12.70, €16.