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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

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai June 14th 2007

We went skiing. Yes that is correct - we have just been skiing in the desert. And it was fanastic. I took Jeremy on a date to Ski Dubai, which is in mall of the emirates. We had dinner at a little 'apres' ski restaurant and then hit the slopes. I haven't skied in over 10 years ( after my knee reconstruction I switched to snow boarding instead) but I now think that I may switch back to skiing. It was awfully fun! There were a few hairy moments, like the moment I tried to do my first turn on skis, but after my third dun down the hill I really had the hang of it. The only downside to the event was the fact that it was so amazingly cold in there that we had ... read more
Ski Dubai
Ski Dubai 2
Ski Dubai 3

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai June 10th 2007

All you can see in the sky line over here are cranes. They can actually be quite beautiful (check out the photos). The view is of the Burj Dubai being constructed in front of our eyes, its rather cool actually. We has a decidely quiet weekend, we tried to pop over to the gold souk on Saturday to have a look at some of the jewellery (since my 30th is coming up nice and fast I figured it would be a good idea to do some present scoping out). In the priocess of trying to get to the god souk we learnt a most valuable lesson, do not try and drive there, ever, as you will not find a car park for love nor money. After circling the area for half an hour we completley gave ... read more
Burj and more  cranes

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai June 7th 2007

Below is an excerpt from this weeks Time Out We all know the problems with Dubai's traffic - speeding hummers flasing their dazzling lights at you, snarling Sheik Zayed traffic jams and a lack of decent commuter options. But a new problem has surfaced, and it's one that's giving the Dubai Traffic Police a bit of a headache. Caught on security footage groups of cars are travelling around Dubai in the early hours of the morning. So far, so ordinary. But it seems that when the vehicles stop at traffic lights, the people in the cars pile out onto the road and start dancing widly to music blasting out of the speakers. As soon as the lights go green, they all scramble back into their vehicles and speed off to the next junction. While some of ... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai June 6th 2007

SCUBA Saz and the wrongest day ever So they’ve now been in Dubai over a week and knowing that Ficks has his open water diver licence, knowing that they could go diving together as they travel round the world, knowing that she loves a challenge, Saz signs up for an open water course at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Such an amazing idea, such a beautiful location, such a professional bunch of instructors…such a shame she appears unable to blow out through her nose to clear her mask! 5 attempts later and close to hyperventilating she leaves the pool in tears…Ficks as always is amazing and they decide to get some food for dinner in Spinneys (the local supermarket) to calm her nerves, forget about the scuba for a while, relax…..the afternoon can only get better ... read more
umm al qaiwain mosque
the sudden city
Sri Lankan Dinner

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai June 4th 2007

For the sake of posterity here is a photo of the mighty Yaris. Soon to be replaced by the Jeep Wrangler that we have just bought! That is right, we have decided on a car. Thank the lord, no more car shopping for me. ... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai June 1st 2007

We have had out first visitors. Glenn and Diana McCready paid us a visit from NZ (family relations) and we managed to show them a little bit of the town. After they arrived first thing on Thursday morning we convinced them to come out with us on a Dhow Cruise on the Dubai Creek. This was an evening dinner cruise with a buffet meal. We were seated outside and it was SO HOT!!!! Too hot to be comfortable actually. I had worn jeans in the expectation of sitting inside and I nearly died. The food however was lovely, and the cruise itself was interesting. We had a better view from the top deck on the outside but the cruise itself might have been more enjoyable had we been in the air conditioned comfort below. We met ... read more
Jez and Chelle
Burj Al Arab

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