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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai June 27th 2007

Border Patrol “Lets go to Oman, the borders just down this road. We can take some more shots; it’ll be great”…an inspired idea Ficks; so simple, so easy, just themselves and their passports in a white peugeout 205 hire car, hardly any money, phones that don’t work on the network in Oman. Perfect. So they drive down the road towards the border patrol, they pass through the first and show their passports, they drive through No Mans Land..too late to turn back now. They stop at the Oman border, show their passports, are asked to park the car and get out, walk to an immigration centre, get interrogated by an Oman soldier..an unhappy Oman soldier, fill out paperwork, have their passports taken, try to remain calm, sit and wait…wait some more…try to remain calm, start ... read more
Camel stampede
camel photographer
favourite tower of saz

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai June 24th 2007

Swede in the desert Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai By baileysblog June 24th 2007 Carl Bailey The last three weeks I've been hanging out in the office in Sharjah while they send away my passport to get my UAE visa sorted. Which means hours sitting on the bus to and from work, staying at the amasing Royal Crown Hotel and spending way too much money going to Dubai and playing. But for the last 10 days the lovely Annie has been over to visit. Which was the prefect excuse to go do all the tourist stuff that you normally put off. The highlight of the trip was definately the safari trip with the crazy Iranian driv... read more
Our driver
Getting to know the locals
Annie in the desert

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai June 24th 2007

I have found some more photos of what the project that I am working on is going to look like. The entire development is driven around the focal point of the Desert Pearl ship hotel. This ship hotel is in fact a cruise ship, currently moored in the desert that was built at the start of the golden age of travel by a man named Rakaan. Rakaan was a young Bedouin boy who dreamt of a life on the high seas. Though he was born and raised at his family’s oasis in the desert of Dubai, the sea tugged at his soul until he could resist no longer and one day he stowed away on a departing schooner. Rakaan was soon discovered on board the schooner, but instead of being punished was allowed to remain onboard, ... read more
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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai June 24th 2007

Well, here we all are! Gabi, Jayson and Dani have spent the last 6 months planning this trek around Malaysia (well Dani has at any rate!). Yesterday saw us spending 6 hours trawling the malls of Dubai during SUMMER SURPRISES (lots of crowds, no surprises there) in search of illusive backpacks / trekin boots / and other last minute purchases. We are now almost ready to go, cameras need charging and malaria tablets need starting but just before d day, Gabi has a Tudor Day extravaganza at school. 48 degrees outside and she is dressing in full velvet splendor!!!...mad but there you go. I hope you all get to read this and other blogs we manage to write. Someone said to me today, are you nervous...I smiled and lied NO! Still, thanks to Rach and Ian ... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai June 23rd 2007

What an experience. We have a friend (Simon from Carson Group) over from NZ at the moment. So for that reason, as well as the fact that we have a virgin Jeep Wrangler, we decided to try a bit of wadi bashing. We picked an easy route out of the off road guide, which is also apparently the most spectacular Wadi in the UAE to visit. Its byline is " The Grand Canyon of the Middle East". However we wouldn't know. The route goes into Oman so you have to take your passports, however my cousin James didn't have his with him as it is away getting a residency visa, but we thought that we would try and blag our way through with a copy of it and his drivers license. Unfortunatly the border guards weren't ... read more
The Wadi Bashing Crew
Wadi Sana Pinnacle Plateau
Jeremy Photographing the Goats

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai June 23rd 2007

It was 48 degrees on arrival in Dubai and it didn't get any cooler for the next few days. We therefore stayed in our hotel room for most of the time trying to not shed half our body weight in sweat. We did venture out for Jo's birthday, however, a night which saw her bullied by her husband into eating and drinking more than physically possible so determined was he to make the most of the 35 quid 'all you can eat, all you can drink' extravaganza. She inevitably fell into a drunken, gluttonous stupor on the bar. Mark chose to ignore his motionless wife and spent her birthday evening drinking and smoking Sheesh pipes with some Arabic bankers. Tracking down the honeymooning England captain saw us head to the 7* Jeremiah Hotel. Nice but ... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai June 20th 2007

DUBAI CITY - Sat 16/06 to Wed 20/06 We had an uneventful flight from Hong Kong - 9 hours or so & arrived in Dubai at about 8 PM on Saturday evening. We were met by my cousin Yvonne who has been living in Dubai for nearly 2 years & had very kindly offered for us to stay with her. She also informed us on arrival that we had missed the weekend & that Saturday night was just like a Sunday night at home which was just as well cause we were wrecked after the flight and wouldn't have been up to much!! When we stepped outside the terminal we were met by an unmerciful blast of heat - Yvonne explained that this was the norm & that in June even at night the temperatures remained ... read more
Burj Al Arab Hotel Dubai
Yvonne & Siobhan at Dubai City Museum
Local lad at Dubai City Museum

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai June 17th 2007

HHH in the UAE, Nothing beats Hazy Hot and Humid We let ourselves sleep in our first morning in Dubai - the temptation of a king sized bed, room with a/c and some residual jet lag was a serious sleep-in kind of cocktail. Mike had really enjoyed the pool time the afternoon before, so I was convinced that sunning by the pool (or shading by the pool for me) was a good idea for the day. When I booked the hotel room back in January, I had found a great deal that gave us an “executive” room for a good price. I knew that gave us a ride to/fro the airport but that’s all. We were really happy and surprised to find it also gave us access to a smaller pool than the main one ... read more
Burj at Sunset
Dubai Creek Apartment Complex
Dubai Creek Apartments

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai June 15th 2007

A Brief Stop in Bangkok and Some Heat in Dubai When we left Jack and Diane’s house back in March to head toward Australia, we had left a bunch of our stuff behind to help lighten our load. Thus on our return journey to Europe we planned a stop of a couple of days to pick up our stuff, say hi to Jack and Diane and get a few errands done. The flight from Hong Kong was a short two and a half hours which was nothing compared to the eight and a half hours from Australia to Hong Kong. We expected Bangkok to be incredibly hot and were not disappointed. Upon exiting the plane we were greeted with a blast of heat. Thankfully the humidity was lower so the heat was a little more ... read more
Jumeirah Beach Hotel at Night
Burj from the Pool
The Jumeirah Beach Hotel Beach Area

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai June 15th 2007

The Jimmy Dix Dave Dobbyn Concert Well we went to concert on Friday night for Dave Dobbyn ( a NZ artist who was doing a tour over here) and the music was so loud, and that base so heavy, that I can still hardly hear and every muscle and bone in my body still feels as though it has been through a giant washing machine - four days later. I have decided that it is sit down, peaceful concerts only from now on! Needless to say, the concert was not the best that I have ever been to. ... read more
Dave Dobbyn




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