Al Ain Rotana Hotel
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We got up early and had another fantastic breakfast. We packed our bags and checked out. We wanted to explore the Emirates rather than hang out in Dubai so our first stop was Al Ain, 125km away, about one and half hours. We needed petrol. We asked the GPS to find the nearest petrol stop. It looked close but the road had changed so we had to go around, adding 2km to the journey. There was queue for petrol. An attendant was at the pump. We couldn't figure out how to open ...
... what looks like an empty river bed.......it actually flows once a year for about a month. Hmmmmmm, Fargo should take note ;)
The rest of the morning was spent at the museum learning some of the history of the United Arab Emirates. We saw lots of beautiful pottery, jewels, and other artifacts of the area. The museum is housed in one of the forts so we were also able to see how the people defended themselves against enemies as late as ...
... here, I could still see some things and the buildings are amazing! The one thing that totally made me feel at home was that at one point there was some ground drifting.....like a good ND blizzard......only it was sand! Way to get that feeling of home!!
Tomorrow, ok today really, I'm on my own until the rest of the group arrives. I'll do some exploring of the hotel after breakfast this morning, but that pool looked pretty ...
... but then were dealt a cruel blow when informed that only two of the activities, mini golf and pool were actually free of charge and we would have to pay, a lot, for the others. This was devastating as we were both tight ***** and did not want to pay so our mini Olympics in name was now actually a competition. The first of the two events was mini golf and to be honest I destroyed Jo. She shouldn’t have even showed up hence ...
8:30am pick up, drove about 20 minutes to the camel market. Present day would of looked the same 10, 50, 100 years ago except for the modern cars. I initially felt so out of place, first being female, then being a tourist but was made very welcome by all. True gentlemen and true Bedouin men. They seemed to have come from all walks of life. We meet men from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Emerites, Sudan, Oman ... We spend some time watching the camel auction with ...