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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
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

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 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
Dubai Marina Metro Station
Always construction somewhere

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
Look to kitchen
Looks to balcony


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 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

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai July 21st 2012

Yesterday was a nice start to the weekend. I lounged in bed all day, read a huge chunk of my book on Kindle, ate some leftovers. Yes, Friday was the first day of Ramadan and I had prepared. Thursday night, I ordered delivery - enough to last me for supper and through the day - and from one of my favorite places: Zaatar w Zeit. They make these delicious falafel wraps that are huge and are good for two or three meals: it is a spiced falafel mix with parsley, tomatoes, turnip and radish. I also a Fattoush Salad on the side, which is a traditional Lebanese salad with tomatoes, cucumber, mint, parsley, onions, pepper, lettuce and halloumi cheese with baked bread chips and drizzled with a yummy vinegarette. Seriously, so far this my absolute favorite ... read more
Fatoush Salad
Blonde Leffe
Me and my "pint"

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai July 20th 2012

Wednesday July 18 We arrived in Dubai after a 14 hour flight from Sydney to be greeted by a sandstorm and 44ÂșC. There is nothing much to say about the flight. It was long. It was boring and Sylvia was terrified for most of the trip especially when the plane bounced around the sky as we flew through a storm over Borneo. She has been very brave agreeing to fly these first two legs of our trip. It is her fear of flying which drives us to find alternative means of travel and leads us into adventures we probably wouldn't have otherwise. We were met at the airport and driven to our hotel, only to discover it is about 25kms out of Dubai town near the Mall of the Emirates. Although Dubai town itself is fairly ... read more
Outside of ski slope at back of Emirates Mall
Al Fahidi Fort
Museum Diorama

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai July 18th 2012

Life continues on as usual here. I did receive my Visa - woohoo! Soon, I will take a photo and show it off. I am still waiting on my Emirates ID, but in the mean time I am applying for my bank account and looking for an apartment. The allowance was less than I was led to believe, but I can still get a pretty comfortable place. Plus, I will most likely have a roommate, a woman I work with. We checked out a nice place last night and we both wanted it, but it is gone. At least now I know what I like and what is out there! Last night, after the long day of work then apartment hunting, I got food delivered for the first time. I ordered from this place I'd been ... read more
Garlic Naan
To Soccer
Inside World Trade Center

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