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Trip Start May 04, 2011
Trip End Oct 08, 2012

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Diggy's Pad

Flag of United Arab Emirates  ,
Thursday, July 7, 2011

As listed on my cell phone Diggy Singh was my designated CS host in Dubai. He had been great about responding and making me feel confident that all would work as planned once I arrived in Dubai. This was in spite of the fact that the poor guy had been in hospital for the last 5 days after suffering a massive asthma attack. I arrived to Abu Dhabi airport at around 8:00PM after a heaven of a flight on Etihad Airways, one of the best economy class I've even taken. The seats are roomy with extra space next to the window for storage, outlets, full menu of current movies, TV shows and free alcohol. I was least interested in the alcohol but beyond thrilled to turn off my mind and catch up on a few recent flicks. Limitless was fun to watch, and the Lincoln Lawyer was predictable as expected.

Upon entering the terminal, the first thing I did was get the phone set up so I could contact Diggy. He had instructed me about taking a bus then taxi but that was based on me arriving to Dubai. I guess he missed that detail in my original email. Not such a problem since Etihad offers a free shuttle to Dubai. The only drawback is that they strictly enforce the 100km/hr. speed limit which meant I didn’t arrive to Dubai until 11:00PM by the time the next shuttle bus arrived at 9:45PM.

Diggy is a sport physiologist who has been living in Dubai for five years. He is originally from India as is 60% of the population of Dubai, including the taxi driver who required three phone calls to Diggy to figure out how to get to his place. Since the asthma attack, today was his first day off cigarettes. Combined with no real food for the last five days, it is fair to say that he was a little out of sorts.

Proving my intuition correct, Diggy is indeed a super responsible guy and did everything in his power to guarantee that I didn’t leave Dubai without seeing the sights and having a good time.

As with most Middle Eastern cities, life doesn’t start until late evening and goes all night. Today was Thursday night which is actually the beginning of the weekend here in Dubai. So people were out and about which made it easy for us to take a quick cruise along the beach and get a feel for the nightlife.

While driving up Jumeirah street passing the marina I got a quick lesson in what’s important here in Dubai. Basically it’s all about show and tell. The emphasis is on displaying your wealth especially by the car you drive. The streets are lined with Porsches, Mercedes, Ferraris and Swaorvski studded hummers. I found the license plate game the most amusing. The lower your license plate number the more money you have. I got lucky during my two day stay in Dubai, I managed to see the number B 101 and A 3. The "A" class plates belongs to royals only.  Meanwhile we were cruising along in Diggy’s beat up old Nissan because his corvette requires a whole new engine rebuild which will cost around $15K USD. Diggy has a similar driving style as I so it was probably a good thing the corvette wasn’t functioning. Dubai streets are lined with police cameras and the fines add up. Diggy told me that on a recent trip from Dubai to Abu Dhabi, a one hour drive, he managed to get seven fines in one day. He had the silly mentality that if he already got a ticket once, what were the chances of getting a second. Apperantly his chances were likely.

Before getting home to Jumba, his shaggy mutt of a sweetheart, we stopped to get Diggy his first solid food in five days. He is a vegetarian so it was easy to grab falafel and fresh fruit shakes.  
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jahanzeb ali on

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