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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai April 20th 2013

Admittedly, we didn’t do too much research or really know what to expect of Dubai. What country is Dubai part of again? Right. The United Arab Emirates (UAE), which as far as we could tell, is mostly known for their oil production. When flying into the city from our long overseas flight from Washington Dulles airport, Dubai appeared to be an oasis, surrounded by endless sand dunes. Upon arriving, we were expecting the heat and the stink of a big Asian country. Dubai indeed had the heat, but not the stink or chaos. Very few motorbikes, no stray dogs, NO trash, no one living on the street. . . Lots of men in traditional garb, and lots of people in not so traditional garb from around the world. No alcohol in public (though our very seedy ... read more
Ski Dubai!
Winter Wonderland a the Mall of the Emirates.

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai April 19th 2013

Had a wonderful day in Dubai but really need a few days to see everything. Early morning start with Hop on Hop Off buses - took us for miles around Dubai and had a good overview.... read more
DUBAI MALL

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai April 19th 2013

Admittedly, we didn’t do too much research or really know what to expect of Dubai. What country is Dubai part of again? Right. The United Arab Emirates (UAE), which as far as we could tell, is mostly known for their oil production. When flying into the city from our long overseas flight from Washington Dulles airport, Dubai appeared to be an oasis of energy, surrounded by endless sand dunes. Upon arriving, we were expecting the heat and the stink of a big Asian country. Dubai indeed had the heat, but not the stink or chaos. Very few motorbikes, no stray dogs, NO trash, no one living on the street. . . Lots of men in traditional garb, and lots of people in not so traditional garb from around the world. No alcohol in public (though our ... read more
Winter wonderland (inside).
Tallest building in the world.

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai April 19th 2013

The ship left Muscat, Oman at 8:00 pm and arrived in Dubai, United Arab Emirates at 2:00 the next afternoon where the temperature was 99 degrees and the sky was very hazy with a layer of brown crap. The port was very modern with wifi available and diet cokes sold in the terminal’s mini, mini-mart. Our original plan for the two days we were in Dubai, was to take a hop-on, hop-off bus to tour the city. We had also thought to get our hair cut and perhaps find a laundry-mat to wash up our dirty clothes. Heat and poor air quality called for a revision of these plans. Got off the ship with no emigration card and walked into the terminal. We decided to check out the hop-on night tour as we thought it would ... read more
1304-250 Note Big Ben on left--now part of Dubai skyline
1304-251 Typical small shopping mall Dubai
1304-252 Washday at upscale apartments in Dubai

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai April 14th 2013

Although it will no highlight my ignorance I have to say I was a little dubious of visiting Dubai. I was terrified at the thought of offending someone with with my poor knowledge of the culture. After a quick google search we found out A) There should be no kissing or cuddling in public B) unmarried couples should not reside together C) alcohol consumption is frowned upon and finally D) skimpy clothing is deemed offensive. As I am heavily guilty of all these points on a daily basis I was worried Dubai would be the place for me. On top of that, Google Fact: Britons are more likely to be arrested in the United Arab Emirates than anywhere else in the world...my thoughts "Oh crap!!" I found myself in Dubai airport thinking 'surely there are easier ... read more
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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai April 8th 2013

We had a hour to kill in the early hours of 8th April Dubai time spent going through security again, before another 7 hour flight from Gate A10 to Heathrow and 2 more meals.... read more
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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai March 28th 2013

We thought we had the overflow from the shower worked out by slowing down the supply of water by just having the taps half turned on.But to no avail although it did take a little longer before the flowback started and then there was nothing stopping it. As our body clocks still had not adjusted we were awake very early again so headed down to a supermarket a few doors down the road to but supplies for breakfast.For around NZ$6 total we fed ourselves with juice,yogurt,cornflakes,orange and banana plus a pastry.Even MacDonalds couldn't rival that ! We headed out to find the souks or marketplaces and took a ride across 'the creek' on a ferry.The Creek is not a river but just a stretch of water that appears about 5 km inland and is treated a ... read more
The Gold Souk
Quieter moment during Dune Bashing
Our shadows s the sun goes down in the west

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai March 27th 2013

We counted at least 16 nationalities amongst the cabin crew that joined the flight out of Sydney and they got down to business quickly once the plane had levelled out.By the time Broken Hill was below us they were serving another dinner.We thought about whether we should be eating two dinners in one night and then decided,yes,as it looked like it would be a while to breakfast with the 14 and a bit hour flight ahead of us. The offering was different from the first dinner and again tasty.This new crew though were no different to the first and the offer of drinks came well after we had eaten.To be fair though we didn't need to participate in wine after midnight and settled for a juice instead. Our surrounding passengers had changed in nationality too with ... read more
Mall of the Emirates
Ski field at Mall of the Emirates

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai February 28th 2013

So, welcome to my first blog entry! I've been away for three days now, and already feeling a healthy kind of exhausted. Late Monday night/early Tuesday morning my very good friend Jenny dropped me at Melbourne airport, loaded like a packhorse with 12.5kg backpack, daypack and shoulderbag. I flew with Emirates for the first time, via Kuala Lumpur to Dubai. I've never been to Dubai before, so thought it would be a great opportunity to get a taste of the city before heading to Jordan. So far, it's been fabulous! I arrived at my accommodation, a villa run by my lovely AirBnB host Clare, after taking a pink 'ladies' taxi from the airport. I had never heard of these until Clare mentioned about them, and they are mostly Barbie pink taxis driven by women, for women. ... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai February 24th 2013

I made another trip "home" to my apartment in Dubai. It feels good to get out of Doha sometimes and this time, my fellow geologist accompanied me. But what a hassle of a weekend it was! I could only get a super late flight and then we wound up in holding pattern for almost an hour while landing Dubai, where our gianormous plane was offloaded via bus (UGH!). I had to wait for my coworker to go through customs, but used my time by getting some Duty Free wine. Then we had to wait in a line for a taxi. Seriously? Why so many people at 3:30 in the morning? We were able to get a ladies taxi to take us home and I swear the woman's eyes kept closing - I started to watch her ... read more
Spice souk
Mmmm.... spices
First beers in a month!




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