Danielle Atangana is the recipient of the RCPD 2021 Katrina Tagget Memorial Fellowship who studied abroad in Dubai over winter break of 2022. Danielle shares a snapshot of her experience while in Dubai below:
First, we started our day in Old Dubai, where we got to witness the true essence of the city's culture and heritage. From the stunning traditional architecture to the bustling markets, I was completely mesmerized.
Next, we headed over to the Gold Souk. It was a shopper's paradise! The souk is home to hundreds of gold shops, selling jewelry and precious metals. I was amazed at the intricate designs and the quality of the products. I ended up buying some authentic Arabic oils, scarves, spices and jewelry as souvenirs.
Afterwards, we visited the Dubai Museum, where I learned about the city's history and how it evolved from a small fishing village to a modern metropolis. The museum showcases the traditional way of life in Dubai and how the city has adapted to the changing times. It was fascinating to see the exhibits and how the city has grown over the years.
Lastly, we headed over to the Etihad Museum, which tells the story of the founding fathers and the creation of the United Arab Emirates. I was so inspired by the forward-thinking and visionary leaders who brought the country together. The museum is a testament to their bravery and determination in creating a better future for the country.
All in all, it was a truly amazing day. I got to experience the true cultural heritage of Dubai and learn about its history and evolution. To top it all off, we ended the day with a traditional Emirati meal, which was delicious. The tour guide we had was so beautiful and knowledgeable, and I feel grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from her and her perspective on the Islamic faith.
The Katrina Tagget Memorial Fellowship honors an MSU Public Administration and Public Policy senior who earned a place on the Dean’s List every semester beginning in the spring of her freshman year.