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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai April 23rd 2014

Howdy how. This blog should make interesting reading as I am currently 10 hours into a 14 hour flight, and I have also consumed two gin and tonics, a Budweiser and two jack daniels and cokes. But hey I thought it would be a great way to kill ¾ of an hour. So after a teary goodbye to my mother and father and bros I made my way towards the departure lounge when I receive a firm tap on my back to be met by two gentleman wearing shades saying ‘step this way sir’. It took me a second or two to realise it was none other then my two pals Ollie and Tom who had come to see me off. After breathing a sigh of relief that no cavity searches were to be undertaken by ... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Abu Dhabi April 21st 2014

16/17thApril Abu Dhabi, UAE We have arrived early in Abu Dhabi docking the evening before for our maiden port of call here. The ship had to steam at full speed across the Arabian Sea to drop off sick guests in Muscat, Oman. We arrived off Muscat on the 15th and the passengers were transferred to hospital. So we had an unexpected extra evening in Abu Dhabi, Cunard had organised an evening bus tour for guests who wanted to disembark for an evening out. Our trip in Abu Dhabi was going to be an early start so we just had an early night. Abu Dhabi is the largest of the Emirates (there are seven), it is also the most populated and wealthiest. It is also one of the most rapidly growing cities in the world. Abu Dhabi ... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai April 21st 2014

18/19thApril Dubai, UAE We had planned to do a city tour in the afternoon but it was the World Voyage Gala Dinner that evening (early). The dinner was at the Madinet Jumeirah in Dubai (next to the Burj Al Arab) and was for all world travellers about 500 of us. Dubai, another fastest growing city (so the blurb says), a real city of contrasts. Its evolution from a collection of Bedouin settlements around Dubai creek to a city of skyscrapers, Burj Khalifa is currently the tallest building in the world. Dubai is the second largest of the Emirates, but unlike the others is not over dependent on oil revenue. After the pearl industry collapsed, gold became a dominant influence (legal & illegal) with some countries. It has a huge re-export trade, a flourishing trade particularly with ... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai April 21st 2014

Thursday and we arrived on time mid afternoon in Dubai, tired but after another good trip with Emirates. Having said that I do not want to watch any more movies in a while! We took the short hop by taxi to the Atlantis Palm which has to be seen to be believed!! (again take a look on the web to see the full extent of the hotel!) After a quick check in we headed straight out to the waterpark which adjoins the hotel for a little taster of the rides which were to follow. Although Michele came out looking slightly drowned after the “lazy” river which we later found out was tame compared to the other rides. Determined to stay awake, we went to see the dolphins (also part of the hotel) and then headed back ... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai April 9th 2014

Due to the long flight I had planned and my much needed real vacation time, I looked into flying Business Class... just on a whim. Lo and behold! I saw great deals on Emirates! Not only that, the deals were on the A380 - the largest passenger jet in the world! The price was just a little more than twice the price of Economy, so I went for it - 16 hour flight on Emirates in business? Yep - made total sense! (I've been unable to find the same deal for any time recently - I'd love to fly my parents in, but I can only splurge so much!) Can I just say - wow! Wow. Wow. WOW! Was it totally worth it! From beginning to end. I was able to check in pretty quickly and ... read more
Plenty of legroom
My own drink storage and charging area


Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai March 31st 2014

A beautiful day in Dubai with 30 C temps and the warmest wind you will come across. The day was planned as a chill out ready for the next phase of the trip. After a leisurely breakfast we headed to the pool / beach for a relaxing few hours interspersed with the usual jogs, frisbee and swims. Another recent development is the kids announcing that they are off to the gym for a workout!!! As usual we were last out of the pool in the evening and then it was a rapid turnaround before heading into town for supper. We were picked up by Tim Bingham an old Air BP colleague of mine to go downtown to the Burj Khalifa area. There we met with his wife Norma for an amazing meal. This was Michele, Alex ... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai March 31st 2014

As seen in the Fast and Furious series of movies, you ride fast cars and you attract the attention of pretty much everyone. With a huge range of fairly standard cars consisting of the taccy brands of Rolls Royce, Bentley, Lamborghini and Ferrari the star of the show has to be the pick up truck that mistakenly entered Top Gear's idea of heaven. With the pick up trucks shear slickness and elegance everyone's attention was drawn to this car. You think I'm joking? The eyes of 30 souls turned to see this truck slot into a position next to the red ferrari. It was shear mis-match. As seen in the array of photos on this page was a pretty standard set of cars simply with chauffers waiting to pick up their kings and queens from the ... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai March 30th 2014

Arrived safely in Dubai after a pretty effortless flight on the new A380 with Emirates. Must confess we did look down with a little pity on those who were only on a two hour stopover before heading off for the 13 hour trip to Oz. We were at the hotel Fairmont Palm by 10am which is very nice and perfect for a relaxing stopover. Our everyneed is being looked after by "Minty" the butler, which is a first for me but already Michele and kids have added this to the list of essentials for future hotels. Sunday was spent chilling out on the beach and in the lovely pools with just a short mid afternoon rest to catch up on some sleep in order to enjoy the evening. Dubai remains the most surreal place on the ... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai March 28th 2014

Well folks, Thursday turned out to be so different to Wednesday. The sun shone all day, we started the day spending time by the pool, we dont do that for long but we need to make the most of this March sunshine. Quite a relaxing day, although I did have a drive out with Martyn and got to see some of the less attractive parts of Dubai, part of the industrial part, yes its full of warehouses. Later on we visited the new development down by the Marina, this area as only been open a month or so, as everything in Dubai its a fantastic development, the design of the buildings are incredible. After a lovely meal in a Italian/Chinese we walked round the Marina itself, a very busy place even at ten o clock at ... read more
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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai March 27th 2014

'Last year Dubai discovered it didn't have any birds', says Zein. 'So they introduced a new bird from Pakistan.' Zein is my son in law. He is from Syria. It's the first time we meet. Together with my daughter Majorie and my wife Linda we eat falafel at a little restaurant at Jumeira Beach Residence, one of the newest projects in Dubai. 'Is that the one?', I ask, pointing to a brownish bird which is hanging around near the restaurant. 'Exactly.' 'We have them also in Thailand' I say. 'It's a Myna. One of the most invasive birdspecies in the world. Once you have them, you'll never get rid of them.' Who cares?, I think. Dubai is not the place where you come to spot birds. Here you are to be amazed by the highest buildings ... read more
Zein and Majorie on the boat at Dubai Marina
Together with Zein
BBQ in the mountains

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