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... the tyres somewhat, we hit the dunes.
While we told him we did not want to 'dune bash" too much, we all enjoyed hitting some ridges and driving across the tops of some. We stopped for some phot opportunities and the found a nice steep hill to san board on. That was great fun and need less to say some funny videos of some stacks in the sand. Also very hard to walk back up to the top. About 33 degrees but a lot ...
... with extractor exhausts just to add to the tone! An hour out of Dubai and we are seriously in the desert.
On route we pass the camel racetrack with an 8km circuit. This is the most popular sport in the country. They run at 50km and have remote controlled jockeys that the owner activates to crack the whip. They stopped using children for jockeys after two died in a race in the 90's.
We take a turn and our Egytian driver explains the housing in this area was built ...
... It didn't really work.
Back on the ground level, I decided it was time to explore Dubai Mall and see what all the hype was about. As you might remember in an earlier entry, I wasn't that impressed with the Mall of the Emirates. However, with this mall, I found it lived up to all the superlatives used to describe it. It's the world's largest mall, and my legs will attest that it really is big.
This mall has really interesting sections. There's an area called ...
... it fulfills numerous ISO standards such as 9000/9001.
Interesting to me, was that even though lots of business is based on relationships in the ME, loyalty to suppliers does hardly exist. Consequently, they need to pitch on a year on year basis. On the one hand this is good, as it drives competition. On the other hand, it does not lead to strategic partnerships, hence is very short-term thinking for both buyers and suppliers.
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... 5 nights, I was on my way back to England, with my suntan sufficiently well topped-up. Another 7 hour flight with Emirates to London Heathrow - Emirates are a very good airline, I was lucky; I got 2 meals in that time, as much alcohol as I wanted, and all the TV and films you could want! And there my parents were waiting to pick me up and bring me home :)
And just to prove how British we are, we had a takeaway of Fish & Chips for dinner!!