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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
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Dubaï Marina
Vieux Dubaï le port

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai April 22nd 2019

I am trying something different here by publishing this "Photos Only " blog with just photos in it. I have been unable to save the photos into the blog with text Thanks Jim ... read more
Whole Trip
The trip begins - waiting at the airport at 1am in the morning for a 2:30am flight
Singapore Changi Airport Concourse

Middle East » United Arab Emirates April 22nd 2019

Sunday 21 Apr 19 - Brisbane Testing the system to make sure the blog works on my Netbook computer that I am taking with me. Day of departure. Just about packed and a slow day of waiting ahead until we head to the airport at about 11pm tonight. Our flight departs at 2:35am tomorrow morning bound initially for Singapore and then to Dubai where we will arrive around 1pm tomorrow. The two legs of the flights are around 7.5 hours each and we have a 1.5 hour layover in Singapore. More once we get underway. Mon 22 Apr 19 - Departing Brisbane - 01:00hrs The departure from the unit (11:30pm) and the check in at the airport have gone well. Uber driver was very pleasant - but a lot more expensive coming from Indooroopilly than from ... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Abu Dhabi April 21st 2019

It's been a long few months, and I'll go into some of my Saudi Arabia travels in a future blog, but for the moment, I will go into a much needed weekend of fun, rest and friends. Fortunately, at the last minute, our company gave us Sunday off for Easter, so I could justify spending two nights in a nice hotel in Abu Dhabi without having to go to work the next day. This was instigated by a former coworker of mine from Ventura who was coming to put on a workshop this week and I told her I would show her around over the weekend. So, I booked a room at a hotel near to hers that was super nice and resort-y. I was so looking forward to the weekend and even booked a massage ... read more
the Louvre Abu Dhabi
Emirates Palace
Grand Mosque

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai April 6th 2019

Leaving Dubai for Amman to start tour of Holy Lands with a group of over twenty others from Australia, New Zealand and USA. The USA chap is an Aussie working there. Also had a chap recently arrived in Australia from China. Some of the group met at Dubai airport after flying from various parts of the world. Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Dallas, NZ, while others were met at the airport in Amman. Then the fun of going through the usual security. Met by tour guide Japhar, who guided us through to the border with Israel, having provided some lovely goodies to eat. Through the border lugging luggage and on to a new bus and new guide to our hotel.... read more
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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai April 5th 2019

The Dubai Mail is something to be experienced. A massive aquarium, for which you can purchase tickets to swim with sharks etc. the aquarium is quite a few stories high and long enough and wide enough for a vast variety of fish to swim. There is a gold souk as well as a plethora of shops, both up end, and smaller specialty shops.... read more
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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai April 4th 2019

Staying near the creek we were able to organise a hop on hop off bus ride around Dubai. There are four colored routes and we used a few. Want to go again as we found there was way too much to see in just a few days.... read more
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As recently published in the April 1, 2019 edition of Footprints - The Newsletter of the Howard County Striders submitted by Larry Stern, Strider UAE Chief Correspondent Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) is the northern most emirates in the UAE. Each winter in the month of February, runners from all around gather for its annual half marathon. This year, over 2500 runners toed the line in what is touted as “the fastest half marathon in the world”. I was one of these runners taking on a course that from an aerial view appears to be right out of the 90s adventure puzzle computer game of Myst. Run on Al Marjan Island in RAK, this series of 4 connected man-made islands extends 4.5 kilometers (Everything is metric in this country and it’s hard to get used to) into ... read more
Course

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai April 1st 2019

The Burj Khalifa is currently the world’s tallest building at over 800 metres. We too the brave step to firstly spend money and then to soar to level 148 for a sunset view over Dubai. Unfortunately the sunset was not so good. We thought we would watch the dancing fountains at 6.00 pm. That did not eventuate, so headed to floors 125, then 124 for exit. Proceeded down the lift and as we reached ground we noted the dancing fountain show was on. Raced along corridors passed the photographer and raced outside, only to be met by an influx of people coming back from the dancing fountains.... read more
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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai March 25th 2019

Dubai 23rd & 24th March Well its a hard life. Our second day in Dubai (at leisure) gave us time to explore the QE2 more with an afternoon tour (more Structured) to give an insight to what they are going to preserve and what to modernise. It’s a busy ship, I know its a hotel but to us walking up the gangways, you do come on board. Today there were conferences, a birthday party (Paddington themed) for a 2 year old (no expense spared) and business meetings. This evening we were in the Queens Grill for a 5 course dining experience, and it didn’t disappoint. From the Amuse Bouche, Soup (potato & leek), Fish (Sea Bass, curry butternut, samosa, Coriander crusted potato & pickled shallots), a main of Angus Beef Tenderloin (with braised beef cheek, a ... read more
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