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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai April 10th 2020

This is a challenging time for everyone. But nothing is as challenging as being trapped in another country...literally. I was planning to fly home for a week at the end of March. I was so convinced I would be there that I extended by a week so I could run the 6X Dunkin' Donut Half Marathon which was finally scheduled for the beginning of April after being talked about for a number of years. As the month of March rolled on I was still convinced I was going. Jen didn't want me to go...she even canceled her own trip, but I was insistent. It took a text from my sister and mother saying they would prefer if I didn't come. So I gave in and canceled my trip. Seeing what was going on in the US, ... read more
Social Distancing on a delivery
Virtual coffee with fellow runners
Empty streets of Dubai

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai March 13th 2020

We were up early, excited for our arrival in to India. We had an organised city tour arranged for our visit to Mumbai but no plans for New Mangalore or Goa. We had arranged to meet, once more, with Beryl and Brian to share a cab in these ports. We were due in to New Mangalore at 8am. However, we could see nothing but sea. Something was happening. Guest services had gone AWOL and those officers milling around seemed in too much of a hurry to acknowledge you with their usual cheerful smiles. We ate breakfast outside the buffet on the open deck. Two tables across, we noticed an MSC officer in what seemed to be a heated discussion with the two officials from the Indian Immigration Authority. They looked like they meant business because they ... read more
To the rescue - the Ocean Breeze - tug boat
Indian Immigrtion officials on their way home
Progressive trivia winners

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai February 28th 2020

As stated in the previous post, we have been to the Emirates several time before so won’t be sharing some of the country’s most iconic feature such as the Jumeirah Palm, the Burj Khalifa or the Burj al Arab. They can be found along with photos in previous journals: Today we are off to visit the Miracle Gardens. This is somewhere that has been on our ‘to do’ list for a while. As we have woken up to a temperature that is not much more than that of a balmy English summer’s day, we decided to travel a little further afield. The Miracle Gardens is about 18 miles from ... read more
The famous Abra crossing Dubai creek
Here's Mickey...

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai February 27th 2020

I bet you didn’t expect this amid total global lockdown that has had to be enforced as a measure to deal with this modern day plague of biblical proportions – Covid-19. Currently it is difficult to travel to a neighbouring town never mind foreign travel. ‘Foreign travel’– soon to be deleted from the English Oxford Dictionary? For those of you born in 2020 and reading this in the year 2035, ask your parents about foreign travel. Travelling abroad for leisure and fun. Ask your parents about fun! It really was a part of most people’s life before the world changed forever. There are only so many boxsets I can watch or books I can read. My shoe leather had worn down from the amount of daily walks I have done. I can’t even go to the ... read more
A standard room at the Park Regis Hotel - Dubai
Part of the bathroom
All rooms in hotels in the UAE have a Qibla

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai February 4th 2020

After hearing so many people rave about their cruising adventures, we decided to pull up the anchor, set the main sail and steer a course for the Far East taking the plunge and booking our first cruise! 🌞🚢 We'd decided on one around the middle east as it wasn't a destination we were likely to go to independently. Royal Caribbean were recommended to us and it was booked - 7 nights UAE, Qatar & Bahrain. Fast forward to January this year and tensions arounds the middle east were once again heightened. This, of course made us very nervous of our impending trip and the insurance and cruise company were unhelpful as the UK Government hadn't declared it a no go area which meant in their eyes we were all good to go. 😰. The holiday had ... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai December 2nd 2019

Dubai 11-28-2019 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Dubai la largest va most populous city of United Arab Emirates. Vi tai xe la nguoi tot so voi voi cac tai xe o Egypt va Jordan nen toi de nghi anh ta sang nay den day don chung toi de dua chung toi tham vieng cac vung o Dubai. ANh tai xe lai 1hr30 de den day luc 8am. Chung toi 6 nguoi ra gap anh ta truoc cong. Anh ta bat dau dua chung toi den Dubai Frame. Noi day co frame cao de du khach mua ve vao xem. Khong co gi dac biet nen toi khong vao. Sau do tai xe dua den Atlantis Hotel nam tren dao nhan tao The Palm la ban tay vi cac dao nhan tao o day duoc lam nen giong ... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai October 23rd 2019

I'm not 100% sure where Tuesday went. The water pressure in the hotel was amazing! The breakfast spread was even more so! A buffet probably twice as long as my kitchen. Cereal, several types of meet and breads, hummus, pancakes, potatoes, lots of pastries (including chocolate crescents!) There was also some sort of soup/stew and rice. And teeny, tiny glass jars of jelly and ketchup. We may have put them in our suitcase. We started our journey back to the metro. But we found the mall wasn’t open at 6am. (Sounds pretty reasonable to me.) So we had to walk around the mall to find the metro. Parking garage. There’s light over there! Nope. Still part of the mall, just with no roof. That looks like a street; let’s head that way. Still mall. We walked ... read more
More desert

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai June 10th 2019

Dubaï je n'avais pas pour habitude de revenir sur un voyage que j'avais pu faire avant mes périples d'été, mais exceptionnellement, je vais vous faire partager ce court séjour. Comme j'ai toujours en tête Hawaï, il m'arrive de temps à autre de regarder les temps de vol pour cette pour cette destination. Les années se suivent et les temps de vol ne diminuent pas environ une soixantaine d'heures pour un aller retour. Les escales sont interminables. L'idée m'est venue récemment qu'au lieu de chercher à partir par l'ouest (USA) parcours classique, pourquoi ne pas regarder par l'est via Hong Kong ou Singapour que je ne connais pas et en profiter pour faire une escale un peu plus longue. A voir. C'est au cours de cette première recherche que j'ai vu un bandeau publicitaire pour les vols ... read more
vue du 149eme étage
Dubaï Marina
Vieux Dubaï le port

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai May 24th 2019

Today we are flying from Singapore back to Dubai - About 3500 miles - About seven hours in the air. We had a leisurely last breakfast. Thankfully, not too many people in there today. At Changi Airport, we had a lounge booked to start off the journey. This gave us a chance to have a light lunch and for Theresa to have a free glass of wine. Our Emirates flight, call sign EK353, left about 20 minutes late. The food on the flight is as good as it normally is. The drinks service was very slow though. Tonight, we are staying at Millennium Dubai Airport Hotel. It is a five star hotel, but they offer a free shuttle to the airport so no need to pay for taxis. With our arrival back in Dubai, we have ... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai May 5th 2019

We had a good first night on the ship. It was just strange not to have it rocking as it was still docked in Dubai. After a leisurely breakfast, we had a wander around the ship to familiarize ourselves and get our bearings. This is one really huge ship. It looks like most of the restaurants are at the back and our cabin is nearer the front. Think we may be doing a lot of walking in the next 14 days. We also stopped off for a short presentation on Muscat, Oman in preparation for our visit tomorrow. On walking around we made mental notes of some of the things that we wanted to do or see during our voyage. At 1.30pm we had the muster safety drill. This was done by way of a video. ... read more

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