Thursday Feb 07, 2008

Midnight at the Oasis

Or early morning at least.

It seems that Dubai's airports busy time of day is three in the morning. My return home is scheduled to take off at 3:45 this morning. I have just arrived; the traffic jam is horrendous and its heavingly busy. I have kept to my Rule No 2, and am flying out on Emirates. While I would have loved the miles and tier points with Virgin, they wanted £1000 more.

I reflect on the last few days, and its hard to avoid the clichés. It is a building site, the people are fabulously friendly and honest. The number of foreigners (and hence non citizen/subjects) present is huge. I avoided the obvious locations of ostentatious wealth, except for the hotel. I don't feel comfortable in those places; very few people in the west should. The oil-rich are just that, rich. Youn can tell be the number of super cars in the Hotel car park.

I look around and remember the journey in to the airport and its obvious that today is the start of half-term for many in the UK; a huge number of Brits have been arriving over the last couple of days.

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Tuesday Feb 05, 2008

Out in the Desert

Went for 'Safari' in the desert, dune bashing in 4x4's and returning in dune buggies. The latter reminded me why I spend
money on power steering. Great Fun, when not being scared. Important safety tips included, don't overtake and avoid the camels. One memorable view, which since I was driving a buggy at the time, I was unable to record was as we ascended a dune, a camel was standing at the top silouetted on the horizon, against a deepening blue sky.

 

Dune Bashing

 

Obviously, this picture, has no camel. I have posted the few pictures worth seeing into a set on flickr.

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Monday Feb 04, 2008

Luxury

Just checked in to the Kempinski. Now I really can't complain about this. You may have seen the bookmarks I tagged last week.

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Off again

I am off to Dubai, for an EMEA Global Systems Engineering, and while the midday take off is very civilised, it arrives late at three o'clock in the morning.

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