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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai September 18th 2013

Arriving in Dubai early morning after our 17-hour flight from Sydney across 6 time zones, we hadn’t planned much for our first day other than maybe catching up on a few hours sleep but, then decided we were better off to have a cat nap to take the edge off our sleepy state and to stay awake until what our body thought was our real bedtime to try and combat jet-lag whilst we waited for our body clocks to re-adjust themselves. We settled into our room at the Movenpick Deira, which was really more like a small suite than just a hotel room. We had all the appointments that we could want, we were well located to several supermarkets and the nearest Metro station was just down the road. The best way to get around in ... read more
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Model of the Burj Khalifa

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai September 17th 2013

In And Around Dubai Day 2 Started our day with a visit to the Gold Souk area in Dubai, and then back the Dubai Mall which is claimed as the largest shopping mall in the world with about 1200 shops of all kinds. We made a few purchases, ate and then arrived at the base of the tallest freestanding building in the world – the Burj Kahlifa. At the 127th level of the building we arrived on the observation deck. Before us was a marvellous aerial view of Dubai and probably hundreds of kilometres all around. This city had on one skyscraper in 1991 and now has many, with new ones being completed each week. All this was created from virtual desert thanks to local oil money and other foreign investment.... read more
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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai September 16th 2013

After waving goodbye to Jen, we continued on through Immigration. All simple and straightforward but, this time we had to go through the full body scan process which we haven’t done before. Whilst your bags, etc are being x-rayed, you walk into this clear glass circular booth, place your feet on the footpads on the floor, put your arms up in the air like you have been caught in a hold-up, and wait the few seconds for the all-clear to be given. Pretty space-age. Felt like James Bond! :) It is my ambition in life that, one of these days, I am going to catch a flight that actually leaves from Gate 1. I don’t think there is a Gate 1. I have never seen a Gate 1; we have never left from a Gate 1; ... read more
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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai September 15th 2013

The holiday is coming to a close and with three days remaining in Singapore I have updated and completed the world tour- all up it will be 72 days and you can see we have covered a lot of ground and stopped in many places. Start point was Brisbane for overseas trip to Los Angeles- left Canberra and will join up with Cheryll's sister Sandra- boarding plane for America tomorrow. Map extended to cover trip from LA to San Francisco on 11 July Map extended to cover trips to Eureka on 15 July and Medford on 16 July Map extended to cover trip from Portland to Seattle on 20 July Map extended to cover cruise trip from Vancouver to Seward and trip from Seward to Anchorage. Map extended to cover trip from Anchorage to Fairbanks on ... read more
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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai September 15th 2013

It has been all about meeting people and having cups of tea- it is never a holiday when you visit your place of birth after many years but we did have a good time. The first three days in Ireland were around Dublin and we went into the city and also spent time with my mother - Annie-. For the next four days we went down the country and visited my brother in Kilarney as well as visiting Galway, Mayo and touring around what is called Connemara- we got hit by some bad weather and the soft rain that seems to fall in the west of Ireland. For the last three we went back to Dublin - went to my mother's belated 77th birthday which was attended by 3 of her five sons and prepared for ... read more
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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai September 15th 2013

I've come to the conclusion that if Dubai impresses you, there must be something fundamentally wrong with you. I find it tedious even to write about the place, as it feels like everything worth mentioning has been already uttered ad nauseum. The way I see it, Dubai is a haven for the ambitious, the haughty, the pretentious, and the plain desperate. Maybe it makes people feel posh by association to prance about in its ridiculous shopping malls. Everything's fake, thus it attracts the fakest of the fake. The city is like a perverted Disneyland, just that it's not mice and ducks that are worshipped, but locust capitalism itself. Just imagine if the Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Sri Lankans and Nepalis who do all the work around there went on strike for a week. Dubai would implode. Façades ... read more
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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai September 6th 2013

Leaving Dubai We dragged ourselves out of bed at 4:45 am to get to the Airport for our 7:25 am flight. We had the Hotels taxi waiting for us but at first he headed off towards Abu Dhabi thinking we were departing from there. Then we were dropped at Terminal 1. Although I had said it was QANTAS I was sleep deprived and said Etihad... We were on Emirates which leaves form Terminal 3. This is kilometres away! Onto the Shuttle bus we go and arrive at Terminal 3 It reminded me of a Disco in the 1970's I just wanted to share some photos with you so you can imagine the size of this place. Our flight was smooth and we arrived in Dublin on time.... read more
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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai September 6th 2013

6th September - Dubai to Dublin It was still dark when we dragged ourselves out of bed at 4:45 AM to get to the airport. Our driver thought we were going to Abu Dhabi but we sorted that out with a U Turn and he dropped us at Terminal 1. Pity we should have been at Terminal 3 and one needs a shuttle bus to get there. When we arrived it looked like a Disco from the 70’s it was so lit up and all glittery! The next leg was an easy 7 hours of flight. It was smooth and the service was good –quite uneventful really. Dublin Airport was much smaller but we headed towards the AirCoach (bus) and for only Euro 7 we were taken into the city only a 5 min walk from ... read more
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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai September 5th 2013

Dubai We booked a 3 hour City Tour with a pickup scheduled between 8 - 8:30am. It arrived at 9am. The small coach was welcome as it was yet again a hot day. It had been 50C+ the previous month - Note to selves NEVER EVER go to Dubai in August. Our first stop was at the driveway to the home of the current ruler Mohammad something I forget. Peacocks were strutting about and it was very green in contrast to barren desert parts under construction as we passed. The poor working men work 12 hours shifts and sleep in crowded rooms for only the equivalent of $700 a month! Dubai is only 41 years old. It was a Bedouin land then. Oil brought the transformation. The indigenous tribes are now given vast amounts of money ... read more
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Burj Khalifa in morning haze.
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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




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