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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai May 16th 2013

jetlag yeah.. & how far does 30 hours travelling by plane get u u ask? well it just so happens that it gets u just to where you want to go which in this instance was heathrow airport which was most convenient cause that’s where we were going. + what a lovely thing it is when ppl drop u off at the airport. u know someone really loves u when they give up their 5am sleep to give u vehicle transportation to the airport + big warm goodbye hugs + on top of that wait around to wave u off just to make sure that u actually have gone. big smiles + on the topic of awesome ppl thanks to the ever present sue + jeff. so how beautiful is it when u ascend from within ... read more
ben dubai

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai May 15th 2013

its the first leg of our new adventure....still another eight hours to go....before we arrive in Scotland.... Airplane was impressive. Flight EK413 Destination Dubai the big cattle carrier was pretty good....I am sure that the upstairs is a palace by the way you are greeted...can't tell you what they are like as plebs are not allowed up there but I am sure they have nice comfortable beds and showers...oh we'll at least we got plenty of leg room. Otherwise own tv with 100 movies is cool and toilets are good. What's with the wooden deco? I found the trip long, I think cause Hawaii was shorter...or could be the fact I didn't sleep enough. Carmen is still not excited....she is holding it on the inside I think... Or waiting to meet Gerard butler.... She even watched ... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai May 1st 2013

Trip to Musadam, Oman. What a beautiful trip. It was the month of december'2012. Picked up the luggage, pushed everything in the boot of my Car and left with the GPS on directed to Musadam. It was difficult to pick the correct way, as the navigator took me for a round trip back home. However, we didn't gave up the idea of hitting the road again. Once crossed the Ras Al Khaimah, the panaromic drive way begins. Preferd time, between 6 to 8 am, or 4 o 6 pm. Please clarify your visa requirements and car insurance coverage.... read more
Pool view, Oman, Khassab hotel
Twin dolphins, spirit of water
Royal boat trip

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

The emirate of Dubai is an interesting oasis of prosperity in the desert with the honor of being the 22nd most expensive city in the world and with a population of 2.5 million from 190 nations, 17% are from Emirati origin and 1.2% European and American. Fueled by oil income (with 93% of the U.A.E. oil reserves) it has the world’s tallest building (the Burj Khalifa) completed in 2009 at 2,722 feet, and is one of 7 emirates composing the United Arab Emirate nation. Abu Dhabi is the country’s capital. Our first excursion took us on a shopping spree to a couple of the souks or bazaars, but in our next bus adventure we saw some of the buildings that make visiting this country such an architectural adventure. The Burj Al Arab hotel is built on ... read more

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

Did a short tour by bus (Merchants Tour) which took in some sights and gave an orientation of Dubai - highly recommend at least 5 nights but not July - September. Tour covered trip to Jumeirah, saw a Mosque, gardens, old & new palace, street stalls (spices & jewellery) Museum, Heritage site where a demonstrable old A/C can be experienced - really worked. Somehow the outside air became cool in cooling toweres and as cold air is heavier than hot air if falls and pushes hot air out. (Just telling what we were told).... read more
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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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