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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai August 2nd 2012

I had a 7 hour layover in Dubai, so I decided to rent a car and drive around. It is very clear to me that there is enough money here to build large glass and steel buildings and populate them with designer labels. I am not entirely certain what is missing from this place. Could it be a soul?... read more
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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai August 1st 2012

Last night was the first night in my new apartment! I was so excited. I still took the shuttle from work to the Metro, but I stopped at Mall of the Emirates. I had carried a bunch of things to work with me today in my Fugro briefcase (a previous christmas bonus/gift), but I needed to get some things while I was in the area. I went to Home Centre, which I think I'll just continue to frequent since they have some nice stuff for good prices. I was not quite as ready to buy as I thought though. I looked at kitchen stuff, which I really was not overly impressed with. And I could not decide on the colors I wanted for the towels (kitchen and baths). I wound up buying ice cube trays, a ... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai July 29th 2012

I was kind of checked out of work today. I finished the pile analysis (yay!!! Actually doing engineering!!!!), set up some lab tests and worked a little on some report corrections. Then I had to go to DEWA to get the electric and water turned on and switched to my name at my new apartment. The taxi came to pick me up and took me to the metro near where it was supposed to be - he had no clue where it was. So, I went inside the metro terminal and asked a few people; fortunately the ticket seller knew that it was directly across the street (Sheikh Zayed Road). And very fortunately, each metro has an indoor pedestrian bridge across the highway and the outlet to DEWA was right next to the building. I walked ... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai July 26th 2012

So i've arrived in Dubai in one piece, albeit a very sweaty one! The flight was ok and thank goodness i made it, there was a crash on the M62 about 400 metres from where we were but luckily we snuck off and went the back way, apparently there were 10 hour hold ups and that would have been serious bad news! I landed at 9pm (it was 44 degrees) and it took about 1 1/2 hours to get through customs, they say Heathrows bad, and off i headed to the hotel! It's a really nice place, just your generic Ibis but its more than fit for purpose. I found it hard to sleep last night but i think that's becuase i was still so excited. I'm sure i'll be out like a light in a ... read more
Praying
Full cover
Dressing up

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai July 25th 2012

Today was another day of having my head down, eating at my desk (daily lunch with Ivan - noodles for me today), and trying so hard to get all these blasted reports done. But nothing could hide my pleasure, when I hesitantly called my realtor to ask if I could have something Jamie bought for my apartment delivered to the apartment tonight, since the movers were adament it HAD to be tonight. I was worried he would say no, but instead he said he would just go ahead and give me the keys when I gave him the checks, which I did have. So, I hurried up my reports, scheduled to have the other engineers review and send them out on their way. Then at 4, Zenah gave me a ride to the realtor, I signed ... read more
Lemon Juice
my tub
my bedroom

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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai July 24th 2012

Today was an early day, report writing all morning, lunch at my desk while discussing a project, engineering calcs that afternoon, and report finalizing before the shuttle left. I kept my head down and my ipod on all day long. And you know what - it was a pretty good day! I came home and rested for a bit before meeting a friend of Brian's - a fellow Ole Miss graduate. She and i had dinner at the Marina at some Peruvian place. It was ok - very smoky from the grill, loud and poor waiting. The food was ok. I had a grilled veggie pita with hot sauce. Kim paid and I vowed to take her out again. She works in JLT, where my new place is, and we seemed to get along pretty well, ... read more
JLT
Dubai Marina Metro Station
Always construction somewhere

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai July 24th 2012

Friday 20th July 2012 Our flight into Dubai went smoothly, a nice meal and a couple of drinks relaxed us and on arrival we went quickly through passport control and collected our bags. All was quiet as it was the first day of Ramadan. Entering the arrivals area there was no sign of our expected driver with a name card. We never organise transfers so it is just typical that the one time we have it hasn't worked! A search both inside and outside found noone from our hotel, so we were both now getting angry. At the Information Counter Rags asked if they would call the hotel and he then spoke to the Concierge. They told him the driver was there, and they would ring him. He appeared a few minutes later, reckoned the plane ... read more
Dubai Museum and fort
Dhow in museum courtyard
Dubai fort

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai July 23rd 2012

In July this year, I traveled to Singapore to visit family and friends. As I was using miles for my flights, I had the luxury of choosing some exotic routings utilizing United's excellent new award booking site that allows direct booking on partner airlines. The flights I chose were: Outbound: Washington Dulles to Bahrain (with stopver in Kuwait): United Business Class Bahrain - Doha: Qatar Airways Economy Class Doha - Kuala Lumpur: Qatar Airways Business Class Return: Kuala Lumpur - Doha: Qatar Airways Business Class Doha - Dubai: Qatar Airways Economy Class Dubai - Washington Dulles: United Business. Flights between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore were tickets purchased on low cost carriers Air Asia and Jetstar. As the return journey had an eight hour connection in Dubai, I decided that I would exit the airport and explore. ... read more
Burj Khalifa
Burj Khalifa By Night
The Burj Hotel, I believe

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai July 23rd 2012

The other night at midnight I was woken to a popping sound. Yes, there were fireworks going off near the Palm or Burj al Arab. I guess a Ramadan celebration? Very weird for a Saturday night. Yesterday was the usual work day. I had reports, smiled a lot, and looked for apartments. I was getting very frustrated with the apartment hunting; after sending a few emails or calling agents, I had little to go on. IF I actually got someone on the phone, it was usually "Oh that is unit 3602. Just tell the security desk and go on up." They had no intention of meeting with me, or volunteering any information or anything. It's just "Oh, go look for yourself, call me, and give me 5%." Utterly ridiculous. Then, a beam of light shone upon ... read more
Fireworks
Look to kitchen
Looks to balcony

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai July 22nd 2012

It was Wedneday 18th July and myself and Luke got to Newcastle Airport early, obviously to get a few pints down us before a nawwwty 7 hour flight. With the brain concentrating on a having a nice cold pint...... that's all it concentrated on. I therefore completely forgot to pick my travel cards up in the airport. Gutted! Unlucky! Anyway, we got on our flight, which was the extra leg room seats. Helllowww! We could practically lie down. Time for refreshements and to our amazement, all alcohol was free. Helllowww again! We were in our element and eventually drunk the heineken dry. We unfortunately had to move on to Amstel, Amstel light! The flight flew over and we were rolling up to our 4* Arabian hotel. Unfortunately we didn't know the name of the currency used ... read more
Living like a king
Dubai aqarium
View from the tower




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