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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai September 4th 2013

Dubai Arrival 4th September The time dragged on I gave up on Gatsby for the second time, it was boring. I decided to try Lincoln on the basis that all those "Four score ad twenty years ago" speeches would send me to sleep. No luck I did drowse off for a little bit but when we landed at 11:05 pm Dubai time (5:30 am on our body clocks) I was tired. Dubai Airport is massive. The queues at Passport Control were long. They used facial recognition software which slowed things down. Next we walked down endless wide corridors towards the mystic "Baggage Claim" area only to discover it was so far away a fast train was needed to get there ! Stepping out of the a/c Terminal a blast of heat and humidity hit us so ... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai August 22nd 2013

Day 32 - Leaving for home I seem to have lost a day, it could be the first day was spent travelling! I had a quick chat with Beth, and a long chat with Ella last night. It was good to catch up with them both. A realisation that my travelling for the summer of 2013 is nearly over. I had a hearty breakfast whilst watching 6 people descending from an adjacent building to clean the windows... Amazing! Overall I had a very tough, but amazing time in China. What will I remember most? The people- they were a really mixed bunch. Some I got closer to than others, but they all played an important part to make it what it was. I spent most of my personal time with Laura, she was similar to me ... read more
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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai August 21st 2013

Day 31 I had an early start today. That is better than it sounds, I was in bed by about 9.45! I am still sleeping for England! I was in for breakfast at 8.15, then off and away to find the metro. It can't be hard, they are huge and definitely not hidden! I walked through the roadworks, obviously given that the hotel is in a construction site! It sounds like I am being negative there, when in fact when you are in the hotel you actually can't tell! It really doesn't impair the visit! .... So, I set off, crossed a bridge which is the entrance to Dubai marina. I continued walking and got where I needed to be. It was easy! Only about 8 stops and I straight into the Mall. I have no ... read more
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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai August 20th 2013

After eating last night, I went out to find an ATM. I have booked on three trips to see me through my time here. I did intend to purely sunbathe and chill, but to be honest, that is hard work. I just get so fidgety! I have booked for a night in the desert tonight, a tour round Dubai tomorrow and a trip to Burj Khalife on Wednesday. Altogether it comes to about £200 , which I suppose isn't bad when you take into account that it cost £20 for a days Internet usage in the hotel! I really don't want to buy anything in particular, but looking forward to looking in the souks. I have a couple of hours to sunbathe by the pool, then I am meeting the bloke who I have booked the ... read more
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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai August 20th 2013

I did think that these few days in Dubai would be all about relaxing and getting a tan, by it just has t worked out that way, but in a good way! I loved last night's trip into the desert! I was so sleepy when I got back to he hotel. I was up at about eightish, which at the moment is good for me! I had a nice healthy breakfast, followed by a walk to Starbucks. Good coffee, but my main need is the wifi! I chose to take the health option this morning; I walked to the other Starbucks which is about twent minutes walk away in preference to the one n he cone. The main reason for this is that i got weighed! .... I have up on half a stone in China. ... read more
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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai August 18th 2013

I arrived in the early hours this morning, but then the click went back 4 hours. That screws your body clock up, but at least I can get used to that 4 hours and it will be less of an impact when I get home! On arrival the hotel is very impressive. It is a huge room, huge bed and has everything you could need! This is the total extreme of what I have been experiencing for the last 4 weeks, not including Sai Kung, of course! I haven't ventured out yet as it is really early in the morning, but I am a bit disappointed with the surrounding building works. Once I get out there, it may not be a much of a building site as it looks from the 14th floor! But I suppose ... read more
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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai July 31st 2013

In Dubai, gold is really on every corner. In fancy shopping malls, as well as in the narrow streets in the city center. However, most people buy at the gold souk. At first I was a bit scared, but everyone says that the gold shops are controlled by the government, so it is not very likely to get cheated. Gold is really cheaper than in Europe, because you only pay the official gold rate plus the making charges, which are not high and can be additionally lowered by bargaining. Be sure to check official gold rate before buying, and the easiest way is to check it online (e.g. http://www.goldrateindubai.net). Diamonds are also sold at fair prices.... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai July 23rd 2013

It was challenging getting up out of bed this morning after the previous evening's festivities but we were booked into a 'New Dawn' tour so no sleep-in for us! We toured the iconic landmarks that makes Dubai distinctive today. Our first stop was 'The Lost Chambers' an underwater exhibit at the Atlantis Resort which has over 65,000 species of fish and sea creatures. It's located at The Palm Jumeirah, an artificial palm tree shaped archepelago of some 6kms in area created out of reclaimed land. Following Atlantis we rode the Palm Jumeirah monorail and then drove around the Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residence area. We are talking serious money here . . . Next stop was a visit to the Souk Al Bahar, a traditional Turkish style market and the Dubai Mall, the largest shopping ... read more
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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai July 22nd 2013

We started the day slowly today with a leisurely breakfast and then we were back at the Emirates Mall at the Du Shop (Dubai Telecommunications) and sorted the SIM card issue. I could put my angry face away for which Clive was grateful. Spent the next hour or so meandering around the Mall, mouth agape when we decided we were hungry and it was time to have lunch. Now before I go any further let me tell you about Ramadan . . . The Holy Month of Ramadan is when Muslims commemorate the revelation of the Holy Qur'an. It lasts for 30 days and during that time Muslims abstain from all food, drinks and cigarettes during daylight hours, i.e. from sunrise to sunset. Restrictions apply even for non-Muslims. By law non-Muslims are not permitted to drink, ... read more
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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai July 21st 2013

Our first day had its mix of highs and lows. Stepping on that plane was definitely a high. The ten and a half hour flight with sustained turbulence was not. There were moments when I thought maybe we were about to meet our maker. . . Landing in Dubai was breathtaking. Skyscrapers in size and number that defy the imagination. Ultra modern buildings in the middle of a desert on the shore of the Persian Gulf. Completely surreal. Dubai Airport is equally impressive. It's a complete city in itself with its own train system for transporting passengers to wherever they need to be within the airport. It services in excess of 5 million passengers a year. You can imagine then how concerned we were when we weren't able to locate our airport transfer driver! Fortunately there ... read more
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