Our visit to the United Arab Emirates(UAE)
Trip Start Nov 10, 2013
18Trip End Dec 04, 2013
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People often think that Dubai is a country; it is not. It is a one of 7 emirates (states) that make up UAE. Today we were in Fujairah, one of the smaller emirates and the only one situated on the gulf of Oman. It has become the major oil shipping port for oil from the oil producing emirate of Abu Dhabi. We counted 45 ships at anchor off the coastline, waiting to receive oil headed to other parts of the world.
Fujairah city has a population of about 130,000 people of which 80% are expatriates. It is mountainous but also receives enough rain to grow dates and other crops. Being on the coast, fishing is also important.
Forgot to mention a few more facts about Oman from a few days ago
A miracle occurred yesterday and it was witnessed by others. As we discussed that we were nearing the end of our 21 day trip Yvonne suddenly said: "I am not ready to go home. I want to stay on-board". ( And she had not been drinking!). For a lady who once thought a 2 week cruise was a long time this has to be considered a miracle (and I fully intend to exploit it)!!!