Dinner in the desert

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

We did our dinner in the desert tour yesterday afternoon and evening. We were picked up by the company concerned in a lovely Toyota 4x4 air con on of course as it was very close to 40 degrees outside.We had a nice guy for our driver who spoke very good english as well which helps. After picking up another 2 couples at other hotels we were on our way. The drive to the desert area is interesting on its own. Lots of new housing areas but unfortunately these are only for the Arab population. Still it is interesting to see, further more with these estates comes a big shopping centre so they do not have to drive to far to shop. All very well organised. Very interesting architecture here and we never get tired of looking at it. It is so different , as well the houses they build are rather large and look very hot standing in the sand. At last we met up with the other vehicles and we were on our way. Driving through the sand dunes is fun but sometimes we wondered if we would tip over or not. The drivers are very good at their job so we did tend to trust them enough. Stopped for some lovely photo shoots but once again it is very hard to capture the true scene. All we know is that it might be a barren place but is also very beautiful. Visited a camel farm as well which belongs to the Emir ( of course ) The breed camels for racing, some of their best camels actually come from Australia that they breed with. I asked the question regarding young boys having to ride these camels and was assured that this no longer happens. No jockeys at all now it seems.
Our final stop consisted of all the touristy things that you do on a trip like that but it was good all the same. We arrived at a big area laid out to represent one of their desert dwellings. Before our meal we could ride a camel, ( did not do that ) smoke their pipes ( men only ) and have your hand painted with henna ( did that and it is still on them ) Lots of food , a fantastic bellie dancing display and a scene where we saw the camels disappear into the desert. That was very well done.
Home again at 10pm feeling rather tired as it had been a long day.
This afternoon we are doing a tour of new and old Dubai with a shopping stop over at the Gold Souk. Rick and I went there yesterday thinking things are cheaper but it is not, nothing much under $500 Australian. Whatever you pick out they weigh it, convert it to whatever the gold price is that day and double the price for craftsmenship. Still it was interesting to look at. Will not come home with gold dripping of me I,m afraid. Only a hand with patterns painted on it.
It was a great day again . Getting very close to the finishing line now.

Graham are you happy? Arsenal won again eh. Spurs next
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goonermarch on

Glad to see you are on the ball with the Arsenal result! Another very interesting blog on Dubai and it certainly looks as if there is enough to keep you interested especially the belly dancers!

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