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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai January 24th 2015

My Tale from Dubai Well here it is my first post to my new blog. I am three weeks on the road now so I have a bit of catching up to do. It all began on the 2nd of January, after long and sometimes emotional good-byes in Spain and Ireland, I finally set off. First stop Dubai. My reasons for visiting to Dubai for more than a day or two was to catch up with Martin and Polina and, after 15 years, meet my old pal from my St Thomas´and ITU course days, Angie, her two beautiful little girls, Sophie and Molly and husband Johnny. Dubai was much as I expected really, a lot of glitz and glamour but not a huge amount of soul. Having said that Angie took me, with her Mum, on ... read more
The Dubai Skyline
Martin

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai January 21st 2015

Escaping the winter in England seems like a good excuse to get away to sunnier climes and as I have said before I am lucky with the locations my kids have chosen to live ...so here I am in Dubai at Suzanne's for a month. It is now 10 years since I lived here and the changes have been enormous and seem to continue. On my last visits I tried out the new metro and linking busses to get around - this time it's a new Tram system which links up to the metro around the Dubai Marina area and is set to go further in Phase 2. There are also water busses which take you from the Marina all the way to the old Creek area of Dubai. The ease with which you can use ... read more
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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai January 21st 2015

Friday 16/1/15Landed in Dubai and have instructions to ask at connection desk re onward boarding pass. All ok and we can just pick it up at the gate. Or not...Another half hour standing at a desk and they agree that a manual pass can be printed and Ian will be allowed to board. Does that mean he will be ok to enter NZ??? All this and it's only just 6am (my time) quite tired really. The flight was ok, got some gluten free food and watched 1 and a half films, hopefully will get to see the other half on next flight. The airbus 380 is massive and unfortunately the gate is not! People standing and sitting on the floor. Starting to board now though. Managed to board watched 2nd half of Boyhood. Filmed over 12 ... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai January 20th 2015

Afsked i lufthavnen Mor kørte mig til lufthavnen, hvor Christian, Ea, Sia, Aya og Helle'mor ventede. Jeg havde så mange sommerfugle i maven!! Jeg var så nervøs og spændt, at jeg ikke vidste hvad jeg skulle gøre af mig selv. Jeg tjekkede min bagage ind og da jeg blev spurgt om jeg havde lithium batterier i min taske svarede jeg nej, det mente jeg ikke. Tja, der gik ti minutter og så kom jeg i tanke om at jeg havde mit ene ekstra batteri til kameraet i tasken... FUCK!!! Nåh tilbage til skranke, brormand gik med som støtte. Der kom meget hurtigt en over til mig og spurgte om han kunne hjælpe (han kunne se på mit vilde blik at der var noget galt). Han svarede hurtigt at det ingen betydning havde, da den ville blive ... read more
Jeg vil helst ikke give slip på Sia :(
Dubai hotelværelse
Hmm har jeg må nok læsestof?

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai January 19th 2015

So, angekommen an unserer ersten Destination, Dubai, hieß es erst mal: Check in erst ab 14 Uhr. Gut, war ja schließlich schon sieben Uhr morgens. Nun ging es darum die Zeit zu überbrücken und die Stadt erstmals zu besichtigen. Schlau wie wir waren, dachten wir das geht bestimmt super zu Fuß. Das Burj Khalifa haben wir ja schließlich schon von weitem gesehen. Da haben wir uns wohl zu früh gefreut. Nach zwei Stunden Fußmarsch waren wir zwar durch halb Duabi gelaufen, jedoch sind wir nirgends angekommen wo es etwas sehenswertes gab. Nach einer Kaffeepause beschlossen wir einstimmig uns ein Taxi zu nehmen, was zu unserer Verwunderung tausend mal billiger ist als in Deutschland. Nach dem wir die Dubai Mall und das Burj Khalifa besichtigt hatten, sind wir abends noch über den Gewürz- und Goldsouk geschlendert. Am ... read more
Zu Fuß auf Erkundungstour
Sieht ja gar nicht so weit aus
Hafen von Duabi

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai January 18th 2015

Fra Tølløse til Dubai Så sker det sgu... Klokken to sidder jeg i flyet på vej til Dubai for at starte min rejse der vil fører mig gennem en masse fantastiske lande! Jeg har brugt de sidste to uger på at få set familie og venner. Det har været fantastisk at være omgivet af så meget kærlighed og støtte! Det er meget overvældende, men samtidig virkelig skønt at vide, at der er så mange herhjemme der er der for mig, hvis der skulle blive noget! :) Der er nogle stykker der har bedt om min rejseplan, så her er den: 18.-20. Januar - Dubai 20.-31. Januar - Vietnam 31. Januar - 22. Februar - Thailand 23. Februar -14. April - New Zealand 14. April - 04. Juni - Australien 04.-21. Juni - San Francisco og Los ... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai January 12th 2015

We have spent a wonderful 3 days and nights in Dubai and it is indeed a wonder to see. The architecture is unbelievable, especially when you consider that not too long ago Dubai was a desert. We did all the touristy things we could cram in while we were there,but decided that we can't keep up the crazy pace...it's hard work travelling! Anyway, we started by visiting the indoor ski slope in the Emirates Mall ( it's like a mini winter wonderland) and then headed to the Marina and the end of the Palm where we visited Atlantis, where they have a hotel and a waterpark to die for..it is truely amazing what they have built here! We also visited the Dubai Mall which is next to the Burj Khalifa ( wow what a sight, not ... read more
Atlantis- end of the palm
Jumerah Mosque
Dubai Mall

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai January 7th 2015

3h30 d'attente dans l'immensité de l'aéroport de Dubaï... Puis embarquement dans le plus gros porteur du monde, le fameux A380 qui accueille près de 650 passagers !... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Abu Dhabi January 6th 2015

Here are some random thoughts about our time in Oman and the United Arab Emirates. These reflect our experiences and interpretations. Please realize we are not trying to sum up two entire countries and their cultures in this brief blog based on our one month experience. The men of the countries in the Gulf seem less affectionate with each other in public. We rarely saw two men arm-in-arm or hugging whereas in other Middle Eastern countries this is commonplace. As in all Middle Eastern cultures, affection between a man and woman is never seen in public...ever. The Omani men and Emirati men have a special way of greeting each other when they first see each other or when they congratulate each other, such as after a big camel win. Kyle called it a nose nuzzle. I ... read more
Enjoying Lemon Mint Juice in Oman
Tallest Building in the World
Checking in on Iran

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai January 2nd 2015

Day 2 and keith starts the day in true adventurous tourist style! Kellogs cornflakes! Followed by scrambled egg on toast with beans, I was so tempted to ask if they were Heinz! We spent news day on the beach in temps of 27😅 it seems so unreal, that I can lay and listen to the sea and read my book without having to be on life guard dutyor not reading the same page 3 times and my name being called 4 000 times! At times I really think I have gone deaf. Keith finished the day in true adventurous style, back at the same restaurant having the same thing as the night before. Day 3 Mission AU After a lazy morning we took a trip out to Dubia mall,the largest shopping centre with 1,200 retail outlets ... read more




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