Bath Water

Trip Start Oct 22, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, July 14, 2006

Right across the road from our hotel is the Mutrah Fish Market. It starts at 4am when the fishing boats return with their catch and closes basically when the catch is all sold. For sale were some massive fish and various other edible sea creatures. If you like there was a section where men, for a fee, will gut, scale and fillet the fish right on the spot. They must have been popular because there were buckets and buckets of gruesome fish remains, worthy of a horror film blood and guts scene, going back into the bay. Blood and guts were flying everywhere as locals did their shopping. Right next to the outlet were some kids having a swim....ewww!

Outside the old city and a short cab ride away, was Qurum Beach. We got dropped at one end and pretty much had the beach to ourselves, bar some locals and a fat, sun burnt red German couple. The beautiful beaches were fairly devoid of people whilst we were there, but unfortunately the green coloured waters were less than refreshing in the heat as they were the temperature of a warm bath. However the stretches we saw were beautiful and made us feel far removed from the old town we were used to and the Oman we had pictured in our minds. Walking along Qurum beach we passed many numerous beach soccer games and stumbled across the more affluent part of town where there were all manner of shops such as Starbucks and Costa Coffee, next to the ritzy hotels. In need of some supplies we got a taxi to a shop called Lu Lu Hypermarket and stocked up on some dinner and snack food for the bus back to Dubai the following day.

The bus back to Dubai was much like the ride over - sand, rubble, hills, lots of round-a-bouts - but a little bit more exciting at the border as a fellow passenger was refused entry to the UAE and had to be returned to the Oman border to find his own way back. With the temperature hovering at a humid 40+ degrees Celsius we didn't envy his wait in the sun.

Back at the only hostel in Dubai we managed to get a twin room, we wanted one for three nights but they wouldn't let us book it for the full time only one night. Probably so that they could kick us out if a full paying person needed the room. The room they gave us was initially lovely and cool, though this became freezing cold when we discovered we couldn't alter the temperature because there was no remote control for the air-conditioner. We actually had to sleep with all the sheets, blankets and a doona on!
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