Blogs from Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, Middle East


Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Sharjah June 10th 2015

There is something quite surreal about this place. It's seriously hot, over 40 every day. I like to walk when visiting places but it's very difficult to walk for more than about 20 or 30 minutes in this heat. A sandy haze has also covered the city each day. You pass from Dubai emirate to Sharjah emirate without realising but the latter is "dry" in another way and more conservative following the dictates of its ruler. It is bigger than I expected and the public buildings are impressive--all built to last in attractive stone. Under construction about a kilometer from where Lyn lives is an amphitheatre modelled on the Coliseum. I have been to the Museum of Islamic Civilisations and an information session for non muslims at the Al Noor Mosque where I was the only ... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Sharjah June 26th 2012

On the way to the job site yesterday, Eric said: "I'm sorry in advance about the staring - these guys are not used to seeing a girl out here." I've mentioned the staring problem before, right? I'm a little used to it working on job sites in California; many times I am the only girl out there too, but it is never that noticeable unless you are on a big site with dozens or hundreds of men. I remember, working out at Riverpark, that I had worked with this one guy on the vibration compaction. Then one day, I was drilling down in a pit, and he was driving a scraper - he would drive around the pit and honk and wave at me. It was funny more than anything, and there always seemed to be ... read more
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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Sharjah December 20th 2011

Saturday 3rd of december 2011 Had somehow a sleep in the plane, listening to Arabic music. Flying into the rising sun. Getting out taking the shuttle bus. Arriving at the airport another time zone I guess 2 hours later, running out of battery here, hopefully I find a place to plug in my resharjah, haha... . United emirates flags everywhere even at the passport control the lady has fingernails in the flag of the united emirates, nice, I like the colours, green white black with some red in it! Hmm going to the toilet again as always clean. There is a praying room for men here and a lady kinda sings the information of the flights at least it seems like that! Okay, I'm allowed to step outside after the manager in a sergeant looking style ... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Sharjah September 4th 2011

Hello to All, This Blog is about our trip to Sharjah – Salalah. We two families (4 adults, 2 kids) started our journey from Sharjah to Salalah on 28th August 2011 08:00 pm; we reached 10:00 pm at Al Ain. We had dinner there and resumed our journey towards the United Arab Emirates border “MAZYAD” (MAZYAD border is the best & easiest way to exit from UAE to SALALAH) We have to stop on UAE Border post for immigration procedure. Immigration authorities have to verify our passport and they have to put the “Exit Stamp” on our passport. (Please make sure, passport and visa must have a minimum validity of six months on the date of travelling). Once you finish the UAE Immigration procedures, we have to proceed to Oman Border Check post for immigration process. ... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Sharjah April 23rd 2010

Lets start with the little baby. You see while I was off traipsing around the Gulf States my sister gave birth to a lovely baby daughter, called Kari! And so sweet and fragile she is, it is funny to think that we all once started that way, small, wrinkly and dependent. Come to think of it, we will all end up that way as well, except for being small again perhaps. Although most of us will also hope that we won't be as vulnerable and dependent later on in our lives. But wrinkly we shall all become, that is for sure, no matter how many face-lifts, botox injections and whatever else you might choose to endure in order to stave off the inevitable. It thus was a happy return to Dubai, seeing my newest niece. Now ... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Sharjah January 18th 2010

A day in Dubai. That is about all I think I'm good for in this weird city. It is often said that if Saudi Arabia and Las Vegas had a child, it would be Dubai. Though I have not been to either Saudi Arabia OR Las Vegas, I'd say this observation is apt. The city borders on the ridiculous while attempting to be spectacular. Okay, to be fair, there is a lot to be impressed by with Dubai. For example, I stood in one of the world's largest shopping malls complete with an NHL sized ice rink and the world's largest indoor aquarium in the shadow of the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower. The Burj Khalifa sure is impressive. Standing at 828m in height, it dwarfs the CN Tower. To me the Burj Khalifa makes ... read more
Indoor ski resort.  Really.
Burj al Arab

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Sharjah December 2nd 2009

One of the old favourites for photo shoot and coffee. Weather is turning out to be real nice now! Still no news of Sharjah Aquarium location. Seems like they don't want us to find it.... read more
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Colorful Buoys
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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Sharjah September 18th 2009

Hey everyone, So I've moved! Here are pictures of my apartment. I have a huge one with oodles of space. Did I already mention I had room for visitors? I am more than happy to put anyone up (I am referring to my friends who receive notices about my blog). As you can see from my pictures, a bunch of us from work went to Sharjah which is a Emirate past Dubai. The wife of one of the teachers knows a lot of the shop owners and can get us really good deals. For instance, if anyone wants a necklace with their name in Arabic-for silver it is 250 dirhams and for gold it is about 600 dirhams so just divide that amount by 3.3 and you get canadian prices. I think the pictures posted show ... read more
party palace
living room
My kitchen

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Sharjah June 16th 2009

Al Majaz Park is awesome especially during the night... i have taken photos of it from our flat @ 11th floor, Al Marwa Tower Sharjah. Sharjah is one of the Seven Emirates in the UAE and it's a great place to live! The House rent & Cost of living is way lower compared to Dubai & Abu Dhabi. ... read more
Al Marwa Tower
Car Park
inside Al Majaz Park

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