The only place of worship for Dubai's sizeable Hindu community is the Shiva and Krishna Mandir, a temple complex just behind the Grand Mosque. From here you'll quickly reach a colourful alleyway that expats refer to as ‘Hindi Lane’ where vendors sell religious paraphernalia and offerings to take to the temples: baskets of fruit, garlands of flowers, gold-embossed holy images, sacred ash, sandalwood paste and packets of bindis (the little pendants Hindu women stick to their foreheads).