We've made it to Al Ain - and a rest for the EZ
Trip Start Sep 11, 2010
150Trip End Sep 11, 2011
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Anyway managed to get away by 9.20 am local for our final flight of this leg of the journey. We touched the tip of Qatar, and then over the sea to Abu Dhabi. En route we passed a couple of little islands and many oil rigs and platforms in the Gulf. Again hazy, although we did manage to catch a glimpse of the Corniche of Abu Dhabi – not much after that but desert all the way to Al Ain.
Again, a little bumpy on the descent due to the heat – only 35deg this time
Formalities were sorted very quickly in the Terminal for our immigration and we were soon on our way (at very high speed) to our hotel
September 22 2010. Spent a relaxing morning, catching up on the blog and various emails. Check out was at mid-day, so stored our bags and walked into the Town, although not a particularly good time to do this 'Mad dogs and Englishmen…etc’. We had decided to catch the bus to Abu Dhabi airport in the evening for our flight home (02.10 am ugh!) so found the bus station and sorted out an appropriate time to catch a bus. Across the road was the local souq – apart from being under cover and therefore in the shade, there was an array of stalls with all sorts of produce: spices, dates, fruit, fish (fresh and dried), meats …. a real hustle and bustle place. We managed to walk quite a distance before succumbing to a nice cool interior of a café, then a taxi back to the hotel. It was soon time to collect our bags and a quick taxi ride back to the bus station and on to the waiting bus. The journey would take about 2hrs at the princely cost of 10 dirhams each (just less than £2.00). I sat at the front in the area reserved for Ladies, and Patrick was with the men at the back… He had a very interesting journey chatting to a chap (Faisal) who was a cabinet maker and was originally from Pakistan. He employed seven men but was finding the conditions quite tough as not all his creditors were paying in a timely manner…
We were dropped off at a highway intersection, about 15 mins taxi ride from the airport; we had been told that we would easily pick up a taxi
To be continued after the break ……
- Al Ain is an oasis town. What is an oasis and how is it formed?