Show and Tell
Trip Start May 04, 2011
124Trip End Oct 08, 2012
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Upon entering the terminal, the first thing I did was get the phone set up so I could contact Diggy
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.